Leisure services wanted to know your views on their aims and ideas for the future of Poole's beaches. They also asked for the views of the general public through their leaflet "Let's go to the beach". A total of 405 responses were received from the general public, and 793 from POP members.
95% of POP members, and 96% of the general public, agreed with the Council's aim to conserve, improve and invest in the Poole's beaches. Half (51%) of POP members and 69% of the general public would like Poole's beaches to have different areas for different activities.
The Council's initial ideas, relating to transport (such as a water taxi, more parking and improved transport links) were liked. Improvements and updates to amenities such as toilets, seats and lighting were also liked. When asked about how to make travelling to the beach easier, the most popular suggestion from both POP members and the general public was a better or improved bus service. Other suggestions were a "Park and Ride service" or a "shuttle service".
When thinking about who should fund the improvements to Poole's beaches, 34% of POP members, and 44% of the general public felt that the improvements should be funded by a combination of Business Investors, users of beach activities, and Council Tax payers.
Leisure Services said "We had over 800 written comments on your likes/dislikes for the proposed ideas. The over-riding messages supported income generation while keeping the natural surroundings, providing affordable family facilities and not over-commercialising. We have used this feedback to adjust some of the proposed ideas to help shape a Draft Supplementary Planning Document. This sets out the standards for co-ordinated and controlled design-led improvements on the beaches for the next 25 years."
The full results of the POP survey and public engagement are available on the Investing in Beaches page under past consultations.