Beales Department Store Planning Application

Conor signed a petition at Beales Department Store in the centre of Bournemouth. The landlords have applied for planning permission to convert the top four floors of the store into 11 one bedroom flats and 65 studio apartments.  This would result in the closure of much of the store being closed and would be a great loss to the town's shopping offer if these plans were to go ahead.  The store has served the people of Bournemouth and its visitors since 1881.

EU Referendum

Conor's letter to the Echo.Britain faces the most important decision for a generation in June. People of principle and patriotism are on both sides. Each should set out their reasons with positive conviction.The late Lord Denning gave good advice saying that, “two reasonable persons could perfectly reasonably come to opposite conclusions on the same set of facts without forfeiting their right to be regarded as reasonable.” That should inform the tone of the debate that has been poor to date.

Funding for local projects

Do you need funding for your community project?Are you thinking of starting up a local project? Do you already run an established service in the community? If this is the case you may need more information on funding opportunities to support your work.The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40% of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million last year. Their funding supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities.