Bournemouth's only Green Party Councillor, elected in May 2015, is Simon Bull, pictured here with Caroline Lucas, joint Leader of the Green Party. On this page you will find news items, events, and articles relating to Councillor Bull.
Simon Bull grew up in Surrey, moving to Bournemouth in 1998. He set up and ran an arts charity for fourteen years working with disadvantaged members of the community; prior to that he worked in finance for many years. Simon is married with two young children and two adult step children and has lived in the ward for over ten years. He is a humanist celebrant, conducting non-religious and humanist wedding, funeral and naming ceremonies across Dorset and Hampshire.
Simon holds regular pop-up street surgeries in his ward of Winton East. These are opportunities for Winton residents to talk to him about any concerns they have, and for him to explain the Green Party's policies and how these can help them.
Simon also writes an occasional column which is published in the on-line news service Dorset Eye. Below are links to his articles and other news items:
Second Winton Survey & Newsletter Delivery 11th February & 12th February
Simon and a team of local members have spent two mornings knocking on doors in his ward of Winton East. They have been delivering leaflets and completing the Winton survey. Residents really engaged with them, and many appreciated their local councilor asking them about the local concerns. A good turn out of volunteers made this an enjoyable and worthwhile task. The newsletter can be read here. February 2017
Government attack on Solar Power. The government is about to attack solar power yet again. Unbelievably, ministers are planning to hit schools and businesses that invest in solar power with huge tax hikes.
Recent government funding cuts have already triggered thousands of job losses in the UK solar industry. But now, if changes to tax on solar panels are pushed through, experts are warning the solar industry will be left decimated.
Now that we're a year on since the Paris climate deal was agreed by world leaders, the UK government should be doubling down on investment in renewable ower -- not slamming the solar industry with huge, unmanageable tax hikes.
If you agree, please sign the petition to tell the government to urgently rethink the tax hike on solar power in the UK.
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https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/no-new-solar-taxes January 2017
Local people urged to have their say on Bournemouth’s Selective Licensing proposals. A 16-week public consultation gets underway on Monday 19th January 2017to gather views on a proposed housing licensing scheme for Boscombe and the surrounding areas.
The introduction of a Selective Licensing scheme is being explored as an option to help reduce anti-social behaviour and improve private rented housing standards in a designated area which includes Boscombe, East Cliff and Springbourne.
Local residents, tenants, landlords, managing agents and other members of the community interested in the proposals are being encouraged to provide feedback on the scheme.
Further information and a copy of the questionnaire is available online: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/selectivelicensing (From Mon 9 Jan) or paper copies are available at all local libraries.
Members of the public can also find out more information and meet with housing staff at a number of drop in events:
· Wed 11 January – Boscombe Library – 10am – 2pm
· Sat 21 January – Southbourne Library – 9.30am – 1pm
· Thurs 26 January – Springbourne Library – 4pm – 7pm
· Sat 4 February – Boscombe Library – 10am – 1pm
· Thurs 9 February – Springbourne Library – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
· Thurs 23 February – Southbourne Library – 4pm – 7pm
· Sat 4 March – Springbourne Library – 10am – 12.30pm
· Thurs 9 March – Boscombe Library – 4pm – 7pm
· Thurs 16 March – Southbourne Library – 1pm – 4pm
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“Reducing levels of anti-social behaviour and improving housing standards is a high priority for the Council and forms part of the housing regeneration work taking place in the area. We believe that a Selective Licensing scheme may be an effective way of tackling these priorities and we are keen to understand the views of residents across the borough, landlords and other stakeholders on the proposals.”
Public consultation takes place from 9 January until 1 May 2017.
Following the consultation, an analysis of the results will be produced and a detailed option appraisal will be presented to Cabinet in July 2017. January 2017
Closure of Public Toilets. One of the major concerns that came out of the Winton Winter Survey was the possible closure of public toilets proposed by the Council. In response to a press release relating to a question he raised at Council, a report was published in the Bournemouth Echo, which you can read here. The issue was followed up a couple of days later on Radio Solent. December 2016
Winton Winter Survey. Simon organised a Winton Winter Survey and members of the local South East Dorset Green Party delivered leaflets to 500 households during the last week. The members who took part found this a worthwhile exercise. Said one member “Yesterday felt really positive and I think this type of campaigning, where we ask people what concerns them, really works to engage, and gives us info”. December 2016
Natalie Bennett's visit. When Natalie Bennett visited the area in October, Simon hosted her visit, which included a trip to the Swanage Protection Camp, where a protest is being staged against the proposed fracking site at California Quarry, taking part in a debate at Boournemouth University and meeting local members for a social gathering in the evening. A full report and photos are on our News page. During the visit, Simon took her to meet shopkeepers who had been affected by the flooding in Winton, and photos of this can be seen at the end of the report here. October 2016
Repeated Flooding in Winton: Councillor Simon Bull visited shops affected by recent flooding, and his open letter to Councillor John Beasley, leader of Bournemouth Council was published in the Bournemouth Echo. Following this, an Echo reporter spoke to shop owners and referenced Simon's letter. The report can be read here. Cllr Beesley's response to Simon's letter was also published in the Echo - this and subsequent email correspondence can be read in the Dorset Eye article here. An interview with Simon broadcast on Radio Solent can be found on Simon's facebook page. September 2016
Summer Reading Challenge. It was an absolute pleasure to be asked, once again, to present certificates to young people who completed the Summer Reading Challenge. About fifty children aged from four up to twelve came to Winton Library to take part in the celebrations and receive their awards for reading six books over the summer. Pictured are sisters Jasmine and Gabrielle receiving their Summer Reading Challenge Certificates. September 2016
Residents tell Cllr Bull at his first Street Surgery that Winton is a Good Place to Live. Click the link to read his report. June 2016
Poison on our Pavements. Simon's report on the use of Glyphosate. April 2016
Bournemouth's Homeless. Simon's report was published in the Bournemouth Echo. March 2016
Navitus Bay Wind Farm plans rejected. Simon's views were reported in the Bournemouth Echo. September 2015
Vote for Democracy Simon's views on democracy in local elections, the ruling that two seats in Kinson South were put to the vote again due to an administration error, and the planned merger of four councils into one single unitary authority. Click on the link for the full Dorset Eye article. September 2015
Autumn 2015 and the Green Party Conference Simon's first official visits were to Bournemouth University, Linwood School and Winton Library. One of Simon’s proudest moments was opening the Green Party’s Autumn Conference at the Bournemouth International Centre and introducing Natalie Bennett. And he replaces his stolen bike. Read all about it by clicking the link to the Dorset Eye article. September 2015
Summer 2015 A busy summer saw Simon at Winton Carnival, BourneFree, hosting visits from Natalie Bennett, Leader of The Green Party and Dr. Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West, as well as attending a weekend in Stowmarket at the Association of Green Councillors annual conference. Click the link to the Dorset Eye article for the details. August 2015
My First Month Simon answers some questions that have been put to him: Did you expect to win a seat? So, what have you been doing since? You are the only Green in a very blue council. Is that difficult? You are also a Humanist Funeral Celebrant. What does that mean? How Green are you? Do you recycle? Are you vegetarian? Read his answers in the Dorset Eye article by clicking the link. June 2105
Green Party win first seat on Bournemouth Council as reported in the Bournemouth Echo. May 2015