When in control of the Council, we succeeded in getting funding from Heritage England to support a Heritage Action Zone for Poole High Street. This enabled owners of a number of buildings to get grants to partly cover costs of restoration of their heritage buildings, especially the shop-fronts.
It also enabled some community engagement events, and the first of what we hope will be a number of Murals to improve look of the area.
Philip Henry Gosse was brought up in Poole. As a child he lived and worshipped in Skinner Street, later going to sea on the Newfoundland Trade. He was a self-taught natural historian, and is credited with inventing the Aquarium.
Poole People Councillor Mark Howell is the great great great great grandson of Philip Henry Gosse’s father.