Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Surf reef delayed until 2009

Construction of Boscombe's surf reef will not be completed by New Year as expected.
Bad weather and heavy swells has already hampered New Zealand contractor ASR and the company has conceded that conditions will only get worse as winter draws in.
Bournemouth Borough Council is currently in negotiations over a new target date for the reef's completion. Engineers need to wait for several consecutive days of calm weather before work can recommence.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Paragliding along the seafront

I saw this person from my living room window paragliding along the clifftop past Boscombe towards Bournemouth. According to the Wessex Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club website, paragliders are allowed to fly along this stretch of the seafront provided they inform Bournemouth Air Traffic Control.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Boscombe surf reef

The first section of an artificial surf reef was laid near Boscombe Pier at the end of August. The reef, designed to improve conditions for surfers, is the first of its kind in the northern hemisphere. This video, by, shows how it is made.
Work has been delayed by strong winds and heavy swells so engineers have amended the plans by dividing the second section of the reef in two. This should allow them to complete the next stage sooner, instead of waiting for several consecutive days of good weather.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Government funding to restore town's pride

The town centre at Boscombe could benefit from nearly half a million pounds of funding from central Government.
The area has been awarded £455,000 as part of the Government's Sea Change programme, run by the Commision for Architecture and Built Environment, which aims to link heritage and culture while restoring pride in the community.
Suggestions about how to spend the money include illuminations along Sea Road, accessible beach huts designed by local artists and improved wheelchair access on the seafront.
The money was secured by Bournemouth Borough Council and the improvements will be rolled out over the coming year.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Is Boscombe The New Sandbanks?

BBC Hampshire discusses whether Boscombe will become the new Sandbanks when the surf reef is finished.
Click here to listen.