The Spring/Summer 2016 edition of Poole News is out now and packed with news and features about what's happening in and around the borough.
This final edition of Poole News includes details about the Council budget 2016/17, changes to bin collections, how you can get involved in your community as well as an exciting 'what's on' section.
Residents will have noticed the number of editions of Poole News decreasing over the last few years. As with other publications, an increasing number of people look to get their news from other sources.
The council launched an electronic newsletter service in October 2014 in which residents and other people with an interest in Poole can subscribe to at any time. 'Email me' now boasts 42,439 subscribers covering a range of topics, with more people signing up every week.
Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: "As we continue to bridge shortfalls in our budget and face further funding cuts over the next four years, we are evaluating every service and how these are delivered. The 'email me' service has proven very popular since it was launched 18 months ago and presented the Council with an opportunity to deliver further efficiencies.
"Email me will be the council’s primary means of keeping residents up to date in future, allowing us to send important and timely information more regularly, and we encourage our readers to sign up to receive this free service. We would like to thank you all for reading Poole News over the years and please be assured we will continue to stay in touch."
Using ‘email me’ costs the Council £9,000 for an unlimited number of newsletters each year, compared to an approximate cost of £8,000 per edition to produce and distribute Poole News.
As part of the council’s overall budget for 2016/17 the decision was taken at Full Council on 23 February 2016 to cease the publication of Poole News making this the final edition.
Signing up to email me is free and subscribers can change their preferences or unsubscribe from the service easily at any time. There are nine regular topics to choose from:
- News and events
- Health and wellbeing
- Libraries and culture
- Parks and open spaces
- Planning and regeneration
- Travel and roads
- Waste and recycling
Copies of Poole News are currently being distributed to households in the borough and the latest edition can also be viewed online. Copies can be found at the Civic Centre, in libraries, at Poole Museum and some other council offices/buildings.