Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council has two Green Party Councillors - Simon Bull, elected in May 2015, and re-elected in May 2019 alongside Chris Rigby. Being on the Council enables them to not only represent the views of Winton East residents, but also to hold the Council to account on issues such as social justice and the Climate Emergency in decisions made across the whole Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole conurbation. Simon and Chris have joined a loose 'confidence-and-supply' arrangement with the Lib Dems, Christchurch Independents, Poole People Party, Labour, and other Independents to form the Unity Alliance controlling BCP Council. Cllr Rigby has been appointed to the Overview, Scrutiny & Standards Committee and has been invited to work with Cllr Dr Felicity Rice on the issue of Environment & Climate Change, whilst Cllr Bull has secured the Chair of the Planning Committee.
On this page you will find news items, events, and articles relating to Councillors Bull and Rigby.
Councillor Chris Rigby
Regular surgeries are held in their ward of Winton East, on the second Saturday of every month (except August and December) from 10.00 - 11.30am in Winton Library. These are opportunities for Winton residents to talk to Simon and Chris about any concerns they have, and for them to explain how they can be of help.
Winton Big Clean-Up: Winton Taders Association said a massive thank you to everyone who turned up to help with the Big Clean Up today, saying it was a fantastic job! They collected close to 20 bags of litter that is luckily no longer polluting the streets of Winton! Thank you once again to everyone who helped for showing great community spirit and coming along to help! Oct 2019
Meeting with AUB Chief: Simon Bull and Chris Rigby met Nick Welsh OBE, Chief Operating Officer of Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), to discuss issues including Winton, student wardens, houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), and parking. Sept 2019
Opposing Oil Drilling in Dorset: Chris Rigby and Simon Bull appeared on ITV regional news to condemn the waving through by Conservative politicians in Dorset of new oil exploration at Wytch Farm in Purbeck, already western Europe’s largest onshore oilfield. Chris Rigby also caught up with campaigners who had walked for up to three days to oppose the ongoing desire to extract oil on the Jurassic Coast. Chris said: “We need to stop the Government's current plan of maximum extraction of all oil and gas, and act on the climate emergency.” Sept 2019
BCP Climate & Ecological Emergency motion: This Tuesday evening, 16th July, BCP Council has overwhelmingly passed the Climate & Ecological Emergency motion submitted by Green Party councillors Simon Bull and Chris Rigby in fulfilment of an election pledge. The full story can be read on our News Page here. July 2019
New Drinking Fountain: Simon has used his Local Improvement Fund to have a new drinking fountain installed at Winton Recreation Ground. It has three water dispense areas, one for dogs, one for people and one to refill water bottles. More details are on our News page, and an article in the Bournemouth Echo can be read here. June 2019
Letter to Bournemouth Echo: Chris Rigby's letter in defence of Extinction Rebellion activists was published in the Bournemouth Echo. The letter, photograph and online comments can be read here, and there is an article on our News Page here. June 2019
Local declaration of climate and ecological emergency: Bournemouth’s Green Councillors Simon Bull and Chris Rigby fulfilled their pledge to submit a motion to the first meeting of the new Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) Council proposing a local declaration of climate and ecological emergency. For the full report see our News page here. May 2019
Winton East Newsletter May 2019. Volunteers are delivering the latest Newsletter to residents, which gives details of the results of the local election. Simon and Chris thank residents for electing them and renew their pledge to serve them. It can be read here. May 2019
Local Elections May 2nd 2019. The first two councillors elected were Winton East Greens Simon Bull and Chris Rigby by a landslide 1,385 and 1,198 votes respectively; the third candidate came in with 468. May 2019
Bournemouth's first Green Party Councillor, elected in May 2015, is pictured here with Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP and former co-leader. As from 1st April 2019, he represents his ward (Winton East) on the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council. On this page you will find news items, events and articles relating to Councillor Bull relating to his activities from 2015 - 2019. In May 2019 he was re-elected, together with our second Green Party Councillor, Simon Rigby. Their joint activities from 2019 onwards can be viewed on our Winton East page.
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. Currently Simon runs a local charity and Community Land Trust. Simon is married with two young children and two adult step children; he has lived in the ward for fourteen years. He is a humanist celebrant, conducting non-religious/humanist wedding, funeral and naming ceremonies across Dorset and Hampshire.
As a councillor Simon has successfully campaigned in his ward on many subjects, including retaining public toilets, having others re-opened, and pushing the council into taking action on flooding. To see a summary of the achievements he has obtained for his residents, watch this short video.
Simon holds regular surgeries in his ward of Winton East, on the first Saturday of every month from 10.00 - 11.30am in Winton Library. 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:
Winton East Transition Newsletter: A final leaflet was delivered to residents before the election, and can be viewed here. April 2019
Vote Green 2019 Bournemouth YouTube video: Simon and his colleague Chris Rigby, who is also standing as a candidate for Winton East in this week's local elections, have released a video entitled "Vote Green 2019 Bournemouth" urging the Government and the Council to leave the oil in the seabed and to declare a Climate Emergency. The video can be viewed here. April 2019
Winton East Achievements Leaflet: Simon and his band of volunteers are on the streets again, delivering the "achievements leaflet", featuring a map on Winton East full of pinheads showing all of Simon's councillor achievements around his ward. April 2019
Winton East Newsletter: The beginning of April will see Simon and his helpers again delivering an April Newsletter, this time expressing his concerns about the possibility of an oil rush in Poole Bay, and the climate emergency. March 2019
Winton East Newsletter: Simon's loyal helpers again turned out to help him deliver the March newsletter. March 2019
YouthStrike4Climate: Simon's short speech to the large turnout of amazing young people stepping out of school on Friday to stand up for their right to a future can be viewed here. March 2019
Winton East Newsletter: A team of local members helped Simon deliver a February newsletter to all households in the ward. February 2019
Simon comments on various local issues: The News page of this website has details of Simon's comments on Bournemouth Beach Oil Drilling, the issue of the closure of Winton Library Gardens, as well as problems with parking enforcement in Winton. February 2019
Visit of Deputy Leader Amelia Womack: Simon and members of the local Green Party met the Deputy Leader of the Green Party on Tuesday 8th January 2018 for a busy day delivering leaflets in Simon’s ward of Winton East, followed by a Save our Shores meeting in the evening. The leaflet, which conveys Simon’s New Year greeting to residents, can be viewed here. Simon's full report of the day's activities, with photos, can be viewed on our News Page. January 2019
November 2018 Report.
Simon has been busy recently and reported at the November meeting of the local party details of some of his Council work. This has included representing residents’ views on licencing hours at the Buffalo Bar, which has now relocated to the main road running through Winton, and as well as concerns over parking issues and complaints regarding Social Services and Housing. He has successfully campaigned for a disabled parking bay outside Winton Library, which is now in place.
His work for the Council has received five mentions in the Bournemouth Echo this month.
Simon has been involved in poppy selling, the Remembrance Parade and the Safe Wise 20th Anniversary celebrations.
As a Green Party member, Simon has hosted the South Western Regional Conference and presented a talk on being a lone Green in a one party majority council. He also represented the Association of Green Councillors on GPEW House of Lords selection panel. The October newsletter has been delivered to all households in Winton East ward. A YouTube video of Simon in some of these locations can be viewed here. November 2018
October 2018 Winton Newsletter - Simon's latest newsletter will be delivered to households in Winton East. It can be read here. October 2018
Smokers at the fag end of litter. Simon has raised the issue of cigarette ends at a recent Council meeting, and a report of this, and Councillor David Smith's reply was reported in the Bournemouth Echo. It can be read here. Sept 2018
Where is the Outcry over Oil Rig Plan? Simon's letter regarding the proposed oil rig in Poole Bay was published in the Bournemouth Echo and can be read here. Sept 2018
Campaign to open amenities in Winton: Simon is campaigning for the Council to re-open both the toilets in Winton Recreation Ground and the Winton Library Garden, as reported in Dorset Eye, which can be read here. July 2018
April 2018 Winton Newsletter: Simon's latest newsletter will be delivered to households in Winton East, and can be read here. April 2018
Plastic: Simon's article about plastic recycling, entitled "Recycle, Reuse, Rethink", has been published in Dorset Eye and can be read here. March 2018
Green Party Spring Conference: Simon's report on the Conference can be read on our News Page. March 2018
Proposed Oil Rig in Poole Bay. Simon has, among many others, added his signature to a letter written by SEDGP member Stuart Lane to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, requesting him to consider creating a protection zone that excludes offshore oil and gas exploration and production off the Dorset coast. This follows proposals being revealed to put an oil rig in Poole Bay. For more details see the article on our News Page, also the item in the Bournemouth Echo. The online news service, Dorset Eye gives a report as well as the full transcript of the letter. February 2018
Homeless in Bournemouth. Simon has been visiting the site in Bournemouth where homeless people have set up a base. A report about this issue was printed in Dorset Eye and can be read here. January 2018
Fly Tipping. Connor Tracey from Buzz News spoke to Simon about the issues of fly tipping around Bournemouth. The article can be viewed here. January 2018
No Bag for Life. Simon's article plastic bags was published in Dorset Eye, the excellent online news service, on 25th September, and can be read here. September 2017
Winton Carnival. South East Dorset Green Party ran a stall at Winton Carnival on June 24th, and despite the wind, members were able engage with local residents and have a lot of interesting conversations. Councillor Simon Bull was on hand to answer people’s queries on topics that concern them. June 2017
General Election 2017. Simon stood in the General Election in June for the constituency of Bournemouth West. A leaflet was delivered by Royal Mail to all constituents, and many local members worked hard in canvassing in the constituency, especially Winton East. A second leaflet (see this link) was hand-delivered to over 5,000 residents. The results of the election can be seen here. June 2017
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.
Add your name here:
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