Minutes Of Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & District Residents’ Association August 2015

MINUTES OF BRANKSOME PARK, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 12 AUGUST 2015

AT 7.30PM IN COMMITTEE ROOM, ST. ALDHELM’S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

John Sprackling (JS)

Chairman

Wayne Hancock (WH)

Vice-Chairman

Carol Parkin (CP)

Secretary

Keith Alcroft (KA)

Planning Officer

John Gunton (JG)

Magazine Editor

Michael Parkin (MP)

Membership Secretary

Cllr Mrs May Haines (MH)

Canford Cliffs Ward Councillor

8 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

ACTION

JS welcomed those present, particularly, the two Ward Councillors

Apologies: Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Colin Brade, Chris Stracey, Ray and Janice Wylde

& Ken Sanson (Chairman, Sandbanks Assn)

Accuracy: JS said would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the

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meeting held on 08 JULY 2015..

2. MATTERS ARISING

Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported..

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1.Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – ditto

3.Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

4.Old Orchard House – ditto

5.Land at West Quay Road – ditto

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:

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Victoria Education Centre (Landscaping to the new entrance) No new developments

Martello Corner, Martello Road (also known as 83 Canford Cliffs Road) –(Change of use of residential garage to dentists surgery} – Appeal lodged – Interested Party Comments due 25 Aug 2015 Appellant/LPA Final Comments due 15 Sep 2015

16 Western Avenue (Erection of Single Storey Garden Room) – Elite Skills Arena are considering the submission of an amended planning application and, in these circumstances, it would not be appropriate to serve an enforcement notice,

8 Haig Avenue (TPO tree destroyed (EN/14/00707). Appeal against Tree Replacement Notice to be determined at Hearing on 18th August 2015.

Community Working Group (CWG): Next meeting fixed for 24 Sept 2015 – the

WH

Council is planning to change its planning neighbour notification arrangements and

the CWG will be informed about this at this meeting.

Council Budget Monitoring report (2014/15) & 2015/16 Budget – William Mutlow

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reported on the background to the setting of the Council’s Budget for 2016/17

and its Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) 2015 – 2018.

National Context:

In January 2015 Parliament approved the new “fiscal charter” for Budget

Responsibility. This commits the government to a goal of balancing day-to-day

Government spending (the structural deficit) by 2017/18. Put another way the

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Government are trying to equalise the £24,000 per annum that it generates in income

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per household against the £27,000 pa that it spends per household. Such an

approach should also ensure that national debt is falling as a percentage of the

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2016/17. The Treasury have indicated that to

meet these targets any new government would have to make additional tax rises or

spending cuts of around £30bn.

It is clear that austerity will be something the Council will need to plan for a

considerable time to come.

As at February 2015:

The MTFP cost pressures were £12m in 2015/16; £9.1m in 2016/17: & £6.3m in

2017/18 giving an accumulative figure for the 3 year period of £27.4m.

The approved Budget identified Savings of £12m in 2015/16; £3.3m in 2016/17; &

£3.3m in 2017/18. This resulted in a Funding Gap of £0 in the current Financial Year;

£5.8m in 2016/17 and £3.0m in 2017/18

The Latest Position as at July 2015:

The NET FUNDING GAP is £0 in Current Financial Year; £5.6m in 2016/17 and

£3.0M in 2017/18. (a total of £8.6m still to find)

At this stage, no attempt has been made to update the MTFP relating to some of the

key issues highlighted in the Chancellor’s Summer Budget, including the impact of

the Living Wage, the Insurance Tax, and the 1% public sector pay limit for the next 4

years. This 1% limit does not apply directly to Local Government but has been

normally used by the employer’s side as an indication of the affordability of any

settlement. The MTFP will be updated after any settlement.

ALSO any developing current Financial Year cost pressures are not reflected in the

above figures. Early indications are that Children’s Services cost increases are likely

be significant

As part of the budget setting process the Council has a well defined process of

refreshing the Council’s MTFP at the end of July each year. At this stage, it is

intended to reflect the impact of the Chancellor’s Summer budget in the next October

update report to Cabinet.

The Council could face pressures of up to £18m over the term of its administration

(2015 to 2020). It is clear that the Council will need to look to creative and innovative

solutions underpinned by the culture of a strong and effective system of financial

management. Council will clearly be well served by making effective and early key

and potentially difficult decisions and recommendations agreed by Cabinet on 14th

July and 28th July will be significant in that regard.

Proposals which will generate positive returns include building additional Beach Huts,

investing in a Corporate Solar P V Energy programme, delivering the promised

£10.5m investment in street lights and LED Lamps.

Public Rights of Way

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Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No new developments.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – ditto

Bessborough Road – ditto

Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden): WH reported that an RHS judge had visited

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and a result is expected towards the end of next month. WH hopes that we do as

well, if not better than last year. He has made a little booklet with photographs,

showing what has been done. WH was congratulated on his part in this work..

Community Engagement: JS met with Leader of the Council, Cllr Mrs Janet Walton

JS

on 16 July 2015 and had had a broadly based discussion on this subject. The Council

Governance Arrangements Working Party also met on 29 July 2015 – the Minutes

have yet to be posted on the BoP website.

Wednesday, 14 August 2015

Navitus

Bay Offshore Wind Farm: Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Farm: Roy Pointer

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reported that the decision on Navitus Bay is almost certain to be published on

September 11, 2015.

RP wished to thank everyone who had helped in the campaign; lately those who had

distributed some of the 20,000 cards asking members to write to the PM, and, of

course, those who had written.

Recent approaches have been made to Chewton Glen hotel since the forest cables

run much closer than originally planned and the new development in Bournemouth

(Terrace Mount) in light of visual impact.

Half a dozen of our local MPs (with the exception of Robert Syms) have had a useful

meeting with the PM; this was arranged by Richard Drax MP.

Sustaining Poole’s Seafront (Formerly Seafront Beaches Master Plan SPD):

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JS reported that he and his wife had visited Elite Skills Area proposals on display at

the Haven Hotel Sandbanks on 30 July 2015. The proposals include “16 x 2/3

person overnight studios with private outside spaces and communal shower facilities.

Four x 3/4 person overnight studios with private outside space and private shower

facilities, Two large retail units….Beach Huts…and Catering Facilities)

John Montgomery of Tanner & Baker advised JS that he had had Pre-application

discussions with Stephen Thorne & Richard Genge. The proposals are intended to fit

the aspirations set out the Sustaining Poole’s Seafront Supplementary Planning

Document Consultation Draft Summer 2013, which has yet to receive the approval of

the Council.

Mr Montgomery also believes that the final plans will comply with the Poole Borough

Council Act and is in discussion with the Planning Dept about this.

Banquets Catering (South Coast) Ltd currently holds the leases for the beach

restaurants and kiosks from Branksome Dene to Sandbanks and, as JS understand

it, this does not permit any other concessionaire to operate along the seafront. As the

leases have a number of years to run, any variation of the lease would have financial

ramifications.

Succession planning: No new developments.

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Pine Drive – MH said that she will ‘chase’ Steve Dean.

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Uniting the Conurbation (Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch) –No new

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developments

Refreshing the Core Strategy and review of Community Infrastructure Levy

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(CIL) – JS said that he is aware of instances of outstanding CIL and it is hoped the

Council are ‘chasing’ these up.

Use of Poole’s Pop up Shop at 58 High StreetThis facility ceases at the end of

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this month and JS said that the Association might want to look at this again, when its

further

next available.

action

Improving association’s communicationsMP reported that he had a very

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fortuitous chance meeting with Neil Armstrong who was taking photographs along

Haven Road and of the Village Hall. It transpired that he produces a number of the

free magazines and was intending one to be published by the beginning of September called ‘Canford Cliffs Village’. Over a drink of coffee at MP’s home, plans were explained. 7,000 copies of this magazine will be delivered to each home in the BH13 area and some in the BH14 area, plus estate agents etc. in the area.

From this first meeting, Mr. Armstrong met with some members of the Executive of

the Assn. After this, with an understanding of what Mr. Armstrong needed, JS, WH, Wednesday,RP, JG14andAugustMP put2015together a paper on what our Assn. stands for and its activities,

course appealing for new members. This will cover two pages and will be no

and of

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cost to the Assn.

Capacity of Lilliput Surgery and local Dental practices to cope with additional

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new residents – This will continue to be monitored..

further

action

3 NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

KA reported

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66, 68 & 68A Lilliput Road (Outline planning application for the demolition of the existing properties and the erection of two separate apartment buildings containing 20 flats in total with associated access, cycle and bin stores) – Letter of objection lodged on behalf of the Association on 26 July 2015.

29 The Avenue (Sever plot and erect a 2 storey dwelling in location of existing sunken garden/swimming pool) – Appeal dismissed

Ormonde Nursing Home, 12 Pinewood Road (Outline application for alterations, extensions and conversion of the building to six flats with associated parking and landscaping) – The Association lodged a letter of objection to this application on 13 August 2015.

Other current planning issues

Wateridge House, 5 Burton Road (Outline application to demolish the existing building and erection of 5 no. 2 ½ storey detached houses) – Application recommended for Refusal by Planning Committee at tomorrow’s meeting.

Compton Acres, Canford Cliffs Road (Erection of building comprising 20 Apartments with basement parking; re-arrangement for the existing Compton Acres parking area, and demolition of the existing office building set within the current car park) – The developers have yet to comply with Condition 12 and it is noted that there appears to be no provision for coach parking.

5. ACCOUNTS TO DATE – JS reported that the total Association funds as at 31st JS July 2015 amounted to £34,073.46.

6ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Party Houses – At around 4.00pm on Saturday, 8 August, there was an unacceptable level of noise emanating from the property. JS reported this on the Emergency hotline (0800 506050) and it seems that a number of other residents had ‘phoned in too, as the lady operator immediately knew what he was going to say when he said “2 Burton Road”.

JS had a call from an Environmental Control officer that evening at around 8.30pm, who said that he had just come on duty and would visit the site to ascertain the current position.

Cllr MH said that the Environmental Control officer had visited the site on the Friday & Saturday evenings but had heard no noise. JS suggested that those renting the house must have visiting the nightspots in Bournemouth at that time.

Autumn 2015 ‘Pines & Chines’ magazine – John Gunton would like material for the magazine by this month.

Leaning garden wall at (?)25 The Avenue – JS had reported this in May 2015. Cllr MH will follow up.

Christmas Lights in Canford Cliffs Village – Cllr MH reported that the lights will be switched on on November 25, 2015.

Date of next Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday – 09th

Wednesday, 14 August 2015

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JG

MH

All

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September 2015 at Committee Room (formerly Lounge), Rear of Branksome St Aldhelms Parish Centre (Access via Lindsay Road)

The meeting closed at 8.15pm..

BPCCRA Minutes 10th August 2011

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD Parajumpers Jacka Herr CLIFFS & DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING

HELD ON WEDNESDAY 10th AUGUST 2011

AT 7.30PM IN ‘THE LOUNGE’, BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM’S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

John Sprackling (JS) Chairman

Wayne Hancock (WH)Vice-Chairman

Carol Parkin (CP)Secretary

Keith Alcroft (KA)Planning Officer

John Gunton (JG) MAgazine Editor

Cllr Mrs May Haines (MH)Ward Councillor

Cllr Neil Sorton ditto

Approx. 15 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES
JS welcomed Cllrs Neil Sorton & Mrs May Haines and all those present.
Apologies: Apologies received from Terry Stewart (Funeral), Stan Alfert (New Grandson), Michael Bond, Bob & Phyllis Young, Chris Stracey & Ken Sanson.

Accuracy: After receiving no comments, JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true    JS and accurate record of the meeting held on 13 JULY 2011.

2. MATTERS ARISING

Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…
1.    Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.    Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – ditto

3.    Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

4.    Old Orchard House. 39-61 High Street – ditto

5.    Land at West Quay Road (Mixed use regeneration and new public quayside to include; the demolition of a listed gate post and all existing buildings on site; the redevelopment of the site with 373 residential units provided in six apartment blocks with basement parking and courtyard) – Amended plans lodged on 07/06/11.

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:
19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – The property remains unsold. Any prospective purchaser will be advised of the legal requirement to plant a replacement tree to a specification detailed in the tree replacement notice
55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – ditto

Current planning enforcement issues
147 Banks Road (Damage to four Corsican pines) – Next Court Hearing fixed for 17 -19th October 2011 at Bournemouth Magistrates Court.
Victoria Education Centre (St Aldhelms Road entrance) – The school has carried out some suitable planting and erected a chain link fence.
2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment) – No new developments.
Land adj. to 20A Chaddesley Glen (Land be reinstated) – – thditto
23 Ravine Road (Unauthorized tree work) Court Hearing adjourned to 12th August 10am Bournemouth Magistrates Court, Stafford Road

Community Working Group (CWG): WH attended this afternoon’s CWG meeting but said that there were no Agenda items particularly effecting the Association and the    WH Minutes of the meeting will be circulated as soon as these were available.

JS said that his question about the open metal gates proviso in the Branksome Park Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan had not found its way onto the Agenda. If it is felt that this is no longer relevant, then it should be deleted. Having provisos which are ignored in practice undermines the authority of the Conservation Area Management Plan.

Poole Partnership – JS said that he has still to contact Sylvia Webster, Neighbourhood Manager, Bourne Estate.

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No new developments.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – ditto

Bessborough Road – ditto

Footpath 82 Spur –JS reported that the RMYC has just lodged a planning application (Construct an extension to the existing marina basin. Removal of part of hardstanding and provision of public footpath to foreshore) which it is hoped will resolve the problem of Footpath 82 Spur.

Possible Charitable Status for Assn: Mike Parkin reported that he has been in touch with a colleague who runs a multi-million pound autistic charity and the conclusion from this exchange was that it would be too much hassle on the part of the Association for relatively little reward – that is assuming that the Association is granted charitable status, which is not at all sure. There was some discussion on this amongst the members and the general conclusion was that it would present the Association with too much trouble for little reward. It was agreed that this item to be deleted from further consideration at this time.
Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden): JS reported that the official opening of the new Treasure island play area above Canford Cliffs chine takes place tomorrow at 2.00pm. Chairman’s Note: I attended this event along with other members of the Association, our three Ward Councillors and a large group residents with their children. The official opening was a great success, Congratulations to all involved with this project.
WH reported that all was going well with the Sunken Garden, and that he would soon be ready for an injection of money from the Association for replanting. He estimated that initially he would need £500/750. JS asked the members for a show of hands to approve that this amount would be made available, and it was duly passed with no objections up to the value of £750..
CP asked for a vote of thanks to WH for his work on this project, both in getting it off the ground and his physical efforts at the working group each week. This was recognised by the Chairman who thanked WH.

Poole Council’s Efficiency Review Programme: JS reported that it was announced last Friday that Councils must publish lists of their assets. A review of the Corporate Asset Management Plan is to be presented at the Council Efficiency and Effectiveness Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 22/09/11.

Localism Bill: WH said that this subject was discussed at the CWG meeting he had been at today. This Bill is going through its third reading at the present time and is constantly changing.

Council Tax 2010/11 & Council’s Budget Monitoring report: nothing to report as there has not been any Cabinet meetings since the Association’s last meeting.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – Jan Robins said that she had had some experience in this matter through her involvement with the National Trust and agreed to seek advice about this on behalf of the Association.

Hedge at Kenilworth Court – MH doesn’t think this is worth pursuing any further as she is not getting any response to her letters.

Offshore Wind Farm – Roy Pointer reported that, as far as he can see, the Government have powers to enable this to go ahead. It is proposed that 200+ windmills will be erected West of the Isle of Wight. NS reported that the Councillors for Canford Cliffs Ward have been in touch with Robert Syms (MP). Mr. Syms and other concerned local MPs have asked for a meeting with the Secretary of State for Energy. If the Wind farm can be seen from the mainland, they will ask for the turbines to be sited further offdhore. There followed a lot of discussion amongst the members, mainly in opposition to the turbines both from an aesthetic and economical point of view. NS offered to ascertain the latest position on this and the statistics on the number of failures of existing turbines from Robert Syms.
Lindsay Road and St Aldhelms Road Junction – No further developments

3.    NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
JS reported that Keith Alcroft had not been contacted about any planning application during the course of the month but the following applications had been determined.
47A Lindsay Road (Erection of a Class C2 care home for the elderly with associated car parking) – Application granted on 21/07/11. 63 Haven Road (Outline application to erect four detached houses with parking/garaging provisions and formation of vehicular accesses (existing dwelling to be demolished) – application allowed by Planning Inspector on appeal on 19/07/11.
24 Ravine Road (Overhang on right hand side of garage is 800mm but should be 200mm) – retrospective application (APP/11/00330) lodged on 24/03/11. The house has not been built in accordance with the plans and the conditions have not been fulfilled. There is a new planting plan dated 13/07/11. The letter concludes with ‘We believe that the site will now be abundantly planted and full canopy closure should be achieved within two to three years’.
Other current planning issues
5 Excelsior Road (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 No 4 bed house with integral garage) – Application was registered on 11/05/11 and has been ‘Red-carded’. Amended plans lodged on 04/08/11. 8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application. An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at ‘offers’ in excess of £2m.
60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) – Confirmation awaited that the Council’s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.
4.    REPORT RE CANFORD CLIFFS AND PENN HILL AREA COMMITTEE (27/07/11) – In the absence of Terry Stewart, JS reported that there had been a lengthy discussion on Traffic Regulation Order objections. May Haines gave a verbal report on Pinecliff Sunken Gardens and Canford Cliffs Pocket Park. The report on the Localism Bill had to be deferred as Cllr Mrs Judy Butt was unwell.
5.    ACCOUNTS TO DATE – JS reported on behalf of Paul Fearnley, Hon Treasurer, that Santander have, once again, been unable to provide downloads of their bank statements. PF was told me that this has been a problem since April following the integration of Alliance & Leicester and Santander. There is an incompatibility between the two systems and so far this has not been resolved.
As PF does not have a paper statement to hand he has been unable to finalise the cash flow for this month.

6.    ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Clubhouse and Tennis Courts at the Wilderton Road – JS reported that the Council intends to market a lease for the operation of the Branksome Park Tennis Courts and associated Pavilion premises as is. The successful tenderer will have to be a tennis operator who may be granted a lease for a period longer than seven years, dependent upon the successful proposal to operate the sporting facility.
The facility will still be used for the local provision of tennis and the Council will work closely with the chosen provider to ensure the community is well catered for in their programme.
The adjacent Bowls Club is unaffected. Extract from note from Head of Leisure Services to Cllr Sorton
The tennis facilities at Leicester Road have been operated under license from the Council by a private company for many years. We are required to re-tender periodically and we are hoping to find an operator to run the facility for public recreation and invest in its maintenance and improvement and pay us as well.
To get all of that we will need to offer a long lease and technically that is a ‘disposal of open space’ although the Council will retain ownership.

BPCCRA Autumn Magazine – JS asked for material for the magazine by the middle of next month.

Poole’s Sustainability and Energy policies (PCS31, 32 and 35) – JG, who is building his own house, listed the costs of ensuring ‘Level 3’ is met, and doesn’t think the Local Authority is fully aware of this.    For instance, the cost of getting the necessary certificates for a single house can be between £2,000 and £8,000.. JS said if JG send him details of his concerns, he would arrange frod this mater to be raised at the next CWG meeting.

Proposed article for Poole News – MH said that she has had an enquiry from the Editor of Poole News as to whether there would be any interest in putting an article in Poole News about what the Association is doing at the ‘Sunken Garden’ This was agreed and MH said that she would follow this up.

Sewers – Roy Pointer wondered if members were aware of the change in responsibility of the maintenance of sewers by local water companies. RP suggested that the Association should ask for a representative from Wessex Water to come and explain the ins and outs of what was going to happen. It was agreed that this was a good idea.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.20 pm

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 14th September 2011 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm’s Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

BPCCRA Minutes February 9th 2011

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING

HELD ON WEDNESDAY 9th    FEBRUARY 2011 AT 7.30PM

IN THE MAIN HALL, BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM’S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

  • John Sprackling Chairman
  • Wayne Hancock Vice-Chairman
  • Keith Alcroft Planning Officer
  • Stan Alfert Data Protection Officer
  • Bob Young Magazine Advertising
  • Carol Parkin Secretary
  • Cllr Mrs Carole Deas Ward Councillor
  • Cllr Neil Sorton ditto
  • Ken Sanson Chairman, Sandbanks Assn
  • Approx 20 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

JS welcomed Cllrs Mrs Deas & Mr Sorton, Mr. Ken Sanson and those present.
Apologies: Apologies received from Cllr Mrs May Haines, Mr. Terry Stewart & Mrs Daphne Howell
Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 12 JANUARY 2011.

2. MATTERS ARISING

Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…

1.    Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.    Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane – The Planning Inquiry to decide on the appeal by Metnor (Sopers Lane Ltd) into the refusal of the Borough of Poole to allow an 80-bed care home to be built on this site will take place on 05/04/11 at the Civic Centre at 10am and is expected to last for three days.

3.    Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – No new developments

4.    Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

5.    Old Orchard House. 39-61 High Street – ditto

6.    Land at West Quay Road (Mixed use regeneration and new public quayside to include; the demolition of a listed gate post and all existing buildings on site; the redevelopment of the site with 440 residential units provided in six apartment blocks with basement parking and courtyard) – No new developments

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:

JS reported…

1 Cliff Drive (Addition of four additional windows where there was one large one before) retrospective application refused on 14/01/11.

2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment) –An Enforcement Order is to be issued shortly.

Other current planning enforcement issues

17 Over Links Drive (Application to demolish existing and erect 2 detached houses granted on 31/01/08 but number of conditions should have been complied with before this development commenced) – No new developments.

19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – ditto

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – ditto

24 Ravine Road (Overhang on right hand side of garage is 800mm but should be 200mm) – Retrospective application refused on 26/10/10. A revised application, for the whole development as it is being constructed with the over-hang, but requiring a detailed arboricultural impact assessment on the trees be included was requested on 29/12/10.

Land adj to 20A Chaddesley Glen (Land be reinstated) –

Community Working Group (CWG): JS reported that he had attended the CWG meeting on 26/01/11 and the Agenda included…

•    Membership of the group – This is to be decided at the Annual Meeting on Wed 9th March 2011, Conference Room, Civic Centre 6pm. WH will attend this meeting.

•    Prosecutions – There may be more news to report shortly •    Public Art – A report is to be presented at the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 29/03/11. JS said that, if anyone was interested, he can providea copy of the draft report.

•    External decoration/design to properties in Conservation Areas – This related to shops in the High Street and an Article 4 Directive is being considered JS will circulate the Minutes when these are available.

Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: This item is to be deleted from the Agenda until there is something new to report.

Council Tax 2010/11 & Council’s Budget Monitoring report: WM reported on the Council Budget Monitoring (1 April 2010 – 31 December 2010)
The Council are in the process of identifying savings and a lot of information has recently been released. Based on its projections at the end of December, the Council expect an underspend as at 31st March 2011 of £523,000. However, there are several claims which may impact on this. There will be pressure from potential additional costs for Adult Social Care and there are extraordinary costs in the planned reorganisation of the Council which will include a large amount for redundancy. There will also be possible additional costs of £410,000 per annum for the Pension Scheme. There are still substantial savings which need to be made as there is a budgeted deficit for 2012/13 and 2013/14 and possibly thereafter. The bottom line is that, although there will be no increase in Council Tax for the forthcoming year, 2011/12, there may be increase for 2012/13
RP asked if there were any analysis carried out as to the age of people made redundant as this has a bearing on the costs. Neither JS nor NS know the answer to this.
WM pointed out that there are other major pressures which will impact on a balanced budget in future years.

Poole Partnership: – JS said that he would be attending the State of the Area Debate (an annual meeting of the Council jointly organised with Poole Partnership) on 07/03/11 to “continue to build on the discussions”, following ‘A Partnership Response to the cuts in Poole’ meeting on the 24/11/10.

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No new developments.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – ditto

Bessborough Road – ditto

Footpath 82 Spur –Sandbanks Boatyard & Marina Co. Ltd. did not appeal against the Definitive Modification Order to add Footpath 82 Spur. Further developments are awaited

Possible Charitable Status for Assn: JS has still to set up a small Sub-Committee to look at this.

Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden): JS reported that WH had written to Legal & Democratic Services confirming the Assn’s agreement to the heads of terms.

The Assn’s proposal is to maintain the eastern and western rockeries, together with the eastern and western sunken gardens.
Once the agreement has been formalised, work will commence on the eastern rockery, which will be cleared and replanted with alpine and rockery plants, then progress to the western rockery, following completion of which a plan will be designed for the sunken gardens.

CD reported that the Council are hoping to formalise the agreement by the end of February and that the project is gathering momentum.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

Poole Council’s Efficiency Review Programme: The Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) 2011/12 to 2013/14 presented at last night’s Cabinet meeting referred to “delivering targeted savings totalling £5.385m in new savings and efficiencies in support of the MTFP” with £560k of one-off funding set aside to support the Programme and no proposals to increase this further during 2011/12.
JS said that he will include the calculation of the £5.385m in the Minutes but there appears to be no Action Plan with timelines to achieve these savings. He has written to Cllr Mrs Haines about this in her capacity as Chairman of the Council Efficiency & Effectiveness Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Efficiency Review Project

Agreed savings target
£’000
ICT Print Strategy
240
Facilities Management
290
Procurement
2000
Admin Accommodation
250
Revenues & Benefits
255
Customer Transport
200
Staff Training & Development
250
Employee costs
1000
Income Generation
600
Street Scene
300
Total
5385
• • •

Localism and Decentralisation Bill:

JS said that a plain English guide describing the main measures of the Localism Bill under the following four headings has been published.

new freedoms and flexibilities for local government new rights and powers for communities and individuals reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally
This runs to 21 pages and is available via the Dept. for Communities & Local Government website

<http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/localismplainenglishguide>

3.    NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

JS reported that Keith Alcroft had, once again, not been contacted about any planning application during the course of the month.
JS had been contacted today about 63 Haven Road (Outline application to erect four detached houses with parking/garaging provisions and formation of vehicular accesses (existing dwelling to be demolished)- subject to ‘Written representations’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/11/2145209). Interested party comments required by 14/03/11. The Canford Cliffs Land Society do not want to see the houses as they would have an access onto Bessborough Road which we see to be undesirable. The flats we can live with as there are flats all the way down Haven Road now, but at least the garden space at the rear would be retained.
3 Maxwell Road (Demolish existing building and erect 1 pair of semi-detached 4 bed houses) – Officer’s recommendation to refuse over-turned by Planning Committee at their meeting on 20/01/11.

Martin Heath informed the meeting that he had been tracking this planning application and was surprised at the Planning Committee’s decision to grant. He described the sequence of events and some of the issues of the case.    These included the Red Carding procedure where a resident who is aware that the Planning Officer is likely to recommend a refusal, asks a Councillor for the application to go to the Planning Committee, the length of the consultation period and whether the Committee were swayed by the Agent’s exaggerated claim of neighbour support.    He also noted that no reason for the decision, which was contrary to the Case Officer’s recommendation, is recorded in the meeting minutes.
After MH’s report, there was some discussion on ‘red carding’ and the Ward Councillors present gave their opinions.
It was suggested that these issues be raised at the next meeting of the Community Working Group.

Other current planning issues

Land at 8 Buccleuch Road (Creation of 1 No. new dwelling with 2 No. off road parking spaces) Cllr Sorton has red-carded this application, if the planning officer is not minded to refuse this.

7 Ventry Close (Erection of 1no. dwelling and rationalisation of garage accommodation to no 7 Ventry Close) – Application registered on 15/10/10. Revised site location plan lodged on 03/12/10. Cllr Sorton has red-carded this application, if the planning officer is not minded to refuse this.

8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application.    An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at ‘offers’ in excess of £2m.

60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) – Confirmation awaited that the Council’s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.

4.    REPORT RE CANFORD CLIFFS & PENN HILL AREA COMMITTEE MEETING (26/01/11)

The meeting included a presentation about the Canford Cliffs Play Area and a lively discussion on the proposals to install parking meters on the Sandbanks Peninsula. MH reports that the Sandbanks parking meter proposal will not be progressed at the present time.
William Mutlow added that there had been a debate about the effectiveness of the Area Committee. WM said that the change in the composition of the Area Committees in 2003 had not proved to be a good idea as decisions about matters in Parkstone Ward were now decided by Members for Newtown Ward, whereas these were more likely to affect residents in Canford Cliffs & Penn Hill Wards. He cited the recent discussion about the Sandbanks Road railway bridge.
Chairman’s Note: The Forward Plan for the Council Efficiency And Effectiveness Overview And Scrutiny Committee says “Review of Area Committees – to be programmed into the Forward Plan for Spring 2011 as this will be a resource intensive exercise”.

5.    REPORT RE MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION    ACTION AND COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, FOLLOWED BY INFORMAL MEETING WITH   RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVES (28/01/11)

JS said that Terry Stewart had written a comprehensive report on this meeting and he would include this in the Minutes – see below
NS was expressed disappointment that no representatives from Commerce & Industry attended the meeting and JS said that TS had also commented on the very poor attendance – out of the 40 some Residents’ and Community Associations in Poole, there were only 12 residents in attendance.
Note provided by TS of presentations by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ms Elaine Atkinson & the Chief Financial Officer, Liz Wilkinson. Mrs Wilkinson’s additions to TS notes are shown in italics
1. Financial Cuts
•    Required cuts to Council Budgets because of Government cuts ; 2011-2: £15m.2012-3: £8m. 2013-4: £10m. These were the figures as quoted on the slide included in the presentation. I noted in my presentation however, that on-going work on the Budget since the presentation had originally been prepared, meant that the forecast resourcing gap up to 2013/14 had been reduced to £13m overall – of which £4.5 in now forecast in 2012/13 and £8.5m in 2013/14 as the 2011/12 now balances to nil – these are the figures reported in the Budget report to Cabinet next week.
•    If cuts were to come solely from job reduction this would mean 370 post reductions.
•    But with good planning there will be about 50 compulsory redundancies and about 40 voluntary ones. The latest advice from the Head of HR as of Tuesday this week is that a total of 162 FTE posts are expected to be made redundant from the Council’s staffing establishment. These will be achieved through the deletion of vacant posts, not replacing staff due to retire, voluntary and compulsory redundancies. The maximum number of people expected to be made redundant on a compulsory basis is 50.
•    There is a cut of 55% in the capital budget. Not quite – I made reference to the size of the cuts made to certain capital grants in the settlement – I think I made reference as an example to the 55% cut made in capital grants to schools as reported to Children’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee in the last few days by the responsible officers. The distinction is important because whilst capital grants are an important funding stream that the Council relies on to support its capital programme, they do not constitute the whole of the capital programme (as it is also funded from other sources too i.e. revenue contributions, capital receipts etc.
•    This will mean a reorganisation of Council Departments. Only 7% cut in grants to voluntary bodies. Average of 7% in respect of the Communities portfolio area.
•    No introduction of fortnightly bin collections.
•    No closure of libraries, but some opening hours reduced and some staff reductions.
•    Continual downsizing of Council Departments, reduction of posts.
•    Bournemouth is outsourcing most of their admin costs, but Poole is not convinced.
•    Considering joint operation for services with Bournemouth, implemented Adult Teaching.

•    Council Gross Revenue Budget = £330 million, but if school expenditure is excluded 2011-2 Budget is £98 million. Not quite right. I said the Gross revenues Budget in 2010/11 was approx. £330m (including schools). The Net Budget Requirement for the Council in 2010/11 was £98m. The Net Budget requirement is the composite amount of general formula grant and monies to be levied from local Council Tax to achieve a balanced budget (having first deducted specific grants funded nationally – which includes things like direct schools grant and housing benefits payments). The Gross Budget figure is more relevant therefore in discussing the relative size/activity of a Council. The Net Budget requirement figure however is needed to calculate the rate of local Council Tax (i.e. service costs not otherwise funded by specific grant, local fees    and income or by general formula grant).
•    Council rents will increase 6.34%, but this is set by Government.

•    Wage increase on April 1: 0%. This is the assumption made in the Budget proposed for Cabinet consideration next week.
•    Reserves will be reduced to £5.9 million at April 1, 2011. Final figure proposed is £5.96m for 11/12
•    Beach hut and parking charges increased substantially, additional parking meters installed such as all Sandbanks Roads.
•    2011-2 Council contribution for staff pensions will be 17.5%. 17.6% Increased to 18% 18.1% in 2012-3.
•    Poole pensions are part of the Dorset County Pension Fund which is 80% funded (unlike central Government civil servants which are unfunded,i.e. current central pensions are paid for from current pension contributions. With longer living there is a MASSIVE pension liability.)
•    The average pension that a Poole employee receives is only £4,000 per year. I said that Lord Hutton’s initial conclusions were that public sector pensions were not ‘gold plated’ and that the average public sector pension was according to his report, £4k. I did comment that clearly the pensions of some individuals who earn considerably more than the average employee would be in receipt of larger pensions as Lord Hutton’s figures are based on national averages.
2. Problems
The main cause of future financial pressures :
(a) Major future demographic increase in age 65+ and 85+.
(b) Increased birth rate by Poole residents, needing additional school places.
Apparently Poole currently has a low inward migration rate.
But with the planned 10,000 additional households in Poole this will mean population increases.
(c) Poole has a Government grant £155 per head less than Bournemouth. £164 less than the average for all unitary authorities and £151 less than Bournemouth.
(d) Most Councils have 50% of their revenue from Government grants, for Poole it is only 33%, so Council taxpayers have to make higher contribution. Final figures now determined for central: local funding shows that
•    Unitary average 48:52
•    Poole 30:70

3. Future Action

  • Draft Budget to Cabinet: Feb. 8.
  • Council approves final Budget: March 1.
  • Government wants zero tax increase, so like to give a 2.5% extra grant if this is implemented.
  • Police & Fire Service have yet to agree their precepts, Government pressure for zero increase.
  • Department Heads have to propose 2012-3 spend by June. Next budget round for 2012/13 will start in earnest across Service Units from June onwards with SUHs being required to begin working up proposals for 2012/13 budget purposes and next year’s re-fresh of the MTFP.

6. REPORT RE WORKSHOP EVENT RE TRANSPARENCY WEBSITE (28/01/11)

WH reported on the Workshop which had been held to show us how to use the transparency page on the BoP website. This is about 4 weeks behind the current date and amongst other things shows the Council expenditure over £500 – each month a new monthly section will be shown.
This data is also available on a page showing the date over a 12 month period. This is useful as it allows the user to compare the BoP data with any one of the 70 or so other local authorities using this system.

7.    ACCOUNTS TO DATE – JS reported that the total funds as at 31st January amounted to £33,203.72

8.    ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Hedge at Kenilworth Court – MH reports that work was due to commence yesterday, though she has not had a chance to go by to inspect as yet. The Highway’s enforcement officer is keeping a close eye on this issue.

Vera Solomon – Geoff Solomon, a former Vice-Chairman (1996-1999) and Chairman (1999) of the Assn, telephoned this morning to say that his wife, Vera, had recently passed away and it was likely that he would be moving away from the area. A new Road Warden will be needed for Potters Way.

Data Protection Officer – JS reported that Stan Alfert will be stepping down as Data Protection Officer at the next AGM. JS said that he was, naturally, sorry about this but did understand his reasons, particularly as he had been looking after the Membership database for the last 15/20 years.
SA has kindly offered to print off 2 copies of the Wardens lists as at 31 Dec for Michael Bond within the next couple of months and also the Wardens’ labels, as this will give us a ‘breathing space’ to consider the way forward.

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 9th March 2011 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm’s    All Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

BPCCRA Minutes January 12th 2011

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING

HELD ON WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY 2010 AT 7.30PM

IN THE LOUNGE, BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM’S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

  • John Sprackling Chairman
  • Wayne Hancock Vice-Chairman
  • Keith Alcroft Planning Officer
  • Stan Alfert Data Protection Officer
  • Bob Young Magazine Advertising
  • Carol Parkin Secretary
  • Cllr Mrs May Haines Ward Councillor
  • Cllr Neil Sorton ditto
  • Ken Sanson Chairman, Sandbanks Assn
  • Approx 10 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

JS welcomed Cllrs Mrs Haines & Sorton, Ken Sanson and all those present.

Apologies: Apologies received from Terry Stewart, William Mutlow & Daphne Howell

Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 08 DECEMBER 2010.

2. MATTERS ARISING Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…

1.            Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.            Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane – ditto

3.            Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – ditto

4.            Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

5.            Old Orchard House. 39-61 High Street – ditto

6.            Land at West Quay Road (Mixed use regeneration and new public quayside to include; the demolition of a listed gate post and all existing buildings on site; the redevelopment of the site with 440 residential units provided in six apartment blocks with basement parking and courtyard) – No new developments


Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update: JS reported…            

1 Cliff Drive (Addition of four additional windows where there was one large one before) – retrospective application lodged on 17/12/10.

15A Westminster Road – the railings have been removed and fence set back from the road side to permit planting in front of it.

Other current planning enforcement issues

17 Over Links Drive (Application to demolish existing and erect 2 detached houses granted on 31/01/08 but number of conditions should have been complied with before this development commenced) – No new developments.

19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – ditto

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – ditto

2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment)

24 Ravine Road (Overhang on right hand side of garage is 800mm but should be 200mm) – Retrospective application refused on 26/10/10. A revised application, for the whole development as it is being constructed with the over-hang, but requiring a detailed arboricultural impact assessment on the trees be included was requested on 29/12/10.

Land adj to 20A Chaddesley Glen (Land be reinstated) – No new developments.


Community Working Group (CWG): The next CWG meeting is on 26/01/11 – JS to attend.

Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences:           No New developments

Poole Partnership: Nothing to report.          

Chairman’s note: I will be attending the next State of the Area Debate (an annual meeting of the Council jointly organised with Poole Partnership) on 07/03/11 to “continue to build on the discussions”, following ‘A Partnership Response to the cuts in Poole’ meeting on the 24/11/10.

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No new developments.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – ditto

Bessborough Road – ditto

Footpath 82 Spur – Sandbanks Boatyard & Marina Co. Ltd did not appeal against the Definitive Modification Order to add Footpath 82 Spur. Further developments are awaited.

Council Tax 2010/11 & Council’s Budget Monitoring report: JS said that he was unable to report on the Council Budget Monitoring (1 April 2010 – 31 November 2010), as this has not been included in the Agenda for next Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

Possible Charitable Status for Assn: JS has still to set up a small Sub-Committee to look at this.          

Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden): JS said that, in the absence of comments, in relation to the Heads of Terms received from Poole Council Asset Management & Property Services Unit for the basis of the Licence for the Sunken Garden the Assn would reply confirming its agreement to this.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

Poole Council’s Efficiency Review Programme: MH reported that a report on Efficiency Effectiveness Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 24/01/11. Review/Business Transformation Programmes is due to be presented to the Council Efficiency and Effectiveness Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 24/01/11.

Localism and Decentralisation Bill: The second reading of bill is due to take place next Monday 17th January. A report being presented at next Monday’s Standards Committee says that says it is anticipated that the Draft Localism Bill “will receive Royal Assent some time in the late Autumn of 2011” but in a note to            JS/TS Terry Stewart dated 04/01/11, Robert Syms said that “I cannot see why it should not get Royal assent in summer..I will ask Government whips when we get back next week”.

3. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

JS reported the application for Land at 8 Buccleuch Road (Creation of 1 No. new dwelling with 2 No. off road parking spaces) had been red-carded by Cllr Sorton, if the planning officer is not minded to refuse this.

There was a general discussion about the new BoP Planning Application website. Some members did not find the system ‘user friendly’. Some found it very slow in the evening. SA said that he accepted the necessity to log in to register representations but was concerned that insufficient time was allowed before those using the website were cut off as it had ‘timed out’.            JS said that Keith Pegram, Projects and Performance Manager, for Planning and Regeneration Services welcomed feedback from users of the site.

Other current planning issues

The Nightjar, 6 Ravine Road (Fit new set of french doors to west elevation, erect new boarded timber fence and install a new extract system on roof at the rear) – Application granted with conditions on 20/12/10.

7 Ventry Close (Erection of 1no. dwelling and rationalisation of garage accommodation to no 7 Ventry Close) – Application registered on 15/10/10. Revised site location plan lodged on 03/12/10. Cllr Sorton has red-carded this application, if the planning officer is not minded to refuse this.

8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application.            An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at is ‘offers’ in excess of £2m.

60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) – Confirmation awaited that the Council’s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.


5.            ACCOUNTS TO DATE – JS reported that the total funds as at 31st December amounted to £31,403.77.

6.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Parking meters on all roads on Sandbanks peninsula – Cllr May Haines told the meeting of the Council’s proposal to install parking meters on all the roads on the Sandbanks peninsula. She pointed out the Council feel they need to do this to generate some much needed income. However, people who live on the peninsular and people who need to use it regularly for parking (e.g. the National Trust volunteers at Brownsea Island) have a different view.. Cllr. Haines has put together a form for members at the meeting to comment on and sign – i.e. ‘for’ ‘against’ ‘neutral’.

The Council have estimated that the capital cost of installing these meters is £58,000 and hope to raise £54,000 on an annual basis. Cllr. Haines’ proposal to the council was that they increased the amount of an annual beach parking permit, which has been at the same amount, £65 per annum, for a number of years.

This matter will come up at the next Canford Cliffs & Penn Hill Area Committee meeting on January 26, at Branksome St. Aldhem’s, Parish Centre and is open to all.

Distribution of Minutes – JS informed the meeting that presently there is a distribution list of some eighty members who receive their minutes, etc, by ‘snail mail’ at a cost to the Association of between £80 and £100/month, and the feeling is whether this cost is justified. The first idea is that a note be put in the minutes, asking if those who wish to continue receiving them ‘opt-in’. This may reduce the numbers on the ‘snail mail ‘mailing list.

He then opened this up to discussion.            SA suggested that if this practice is continued people should re- register each year, ensuring the an accurate data base can be kept of members details and avoiding wasting postage. Cllr. Sorton suggested that if people ‘opt-in’ they should make a contribution towards the costs

It was pointed out that those members who receive the minutes by e mail are subsidizing those without. JS pointed out that the Association can afford to do this.            SA suggested that there could be a two-tier subscription – if you wish to receive the minutes by mail the subscription would be increased to £10.

There was a suggestion that the minutes be available in the library.

As this whole issue was rather complicated, JS suggested that it could be brought up at the AGM and a decision can be made then.

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 9th February 2011 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm’s Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

BPCCRA Minutes October 13th 2010

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING

HELD ON WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2010 AT 7.30PM,

BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM”S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT :

  • Terry Stewart President
  • John Sprackling Chairman
  • Wayne Hancock Vice-chairman
  • Keith Alcroft Data Protection Officer
  • Stan Alfert Magazine Advertising
  • Cllr Mrs Carole Deas
  • Cllr Mrs May Haines
  • Cllr Neil Sorton

Approx 15 Members/Wardens

TS & CD left at 8.10pm to attend a specially arranged consultation meeting at St James Church Hall, Poole about the “Between the Bridges” development in West Quay Road,

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

JS welcomed the three Ward Councillors and all those present.

Apologies: Apologies received from Bob & Phyllis Young and Hazel Clifton

Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 08 SEPTEMBER 2010.

2. MATTERS ARISING Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…           

1.            Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.            Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane – A planning application for an 80 bed care home with associated facilities was registered on 09/09/10.

3.            Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – No new developments

4.            Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

5.            Old Orchard House. 39-61 High Street – ditto

6. Land at West Quay Road (Mixed use regeneration and new public quayside to include;

the demolition of a listed gate post and all existing buildings on site; the redevelopment of the site with 440 residential units provided in six apartment blocks with basement parking and courtyard

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements update:

JS reported…

17 Over Links Drive (Application to demolish existing and erect 2 detached houses granted on 31/01/08 but number of conditions should have been complied with before this development commenced) – No new developments but ground work continuing.

19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – ditto

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – ditto

15A Westminster Road (Erection of railings over 1 metre high partly along the frontage of 15a Westminster Road, being adjacent to a highway. The boundary treatment then changes to a double close boarded fence over 1 metre high which continues along the frontage of Westminster Road, being adjacent to a highway and then turns South-West and continues down the boundary with Dalkeith Road being also adjacent to a highway) ditto

2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment) – ditto

Community Working Group (CWG): Roy Pointer reported on CWG meeting held on 22/09/10 and said that the Minutes of the meeting would be circulated with the Minutes of tonight”s meeting.

RP reported that the Members” Annual Tour of Inspection, which was due to take place last month, will now take place on 09/11/10. The tour is part of the member training programme, as well as an opportunity to review the quality of recent development and the success, or otherwise of place shaping. Five CWG members have been invited to join the Tour and RP has put his name down for this.

JS pointed out that the Tour of inspection is concerned with large sites and he did not feel that Members would have time to visit small sites in our area.

However, Cllr Mrs Haines said that she had recently had reason to visit 29 Forest Road (13 houses with associated parking) and felt the development did actually look attractive. This was a sub-division of a large plot and Cllr Mrs Haines suggested that this particular site could be put forward as a site to be visited by the Tour of Inspection to see if a development such as this works.

Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: RP said the the issue of flood defences is due to be  discussed at the next CWG meeting.

Council Tax 2010/11 & Council”s Budget Monitoring report: TS reported on the Financial workshop held on 24/09/10 as part of the consultation on the Council”s 2011/12 Budget.

Six members of the Association attended along with 14 others to review the proposed cuts of £29m over the next four years from the Council’s annual budget of £100m. Each participant was given a list of the costs for each department. These amounts varied considerably, from ‘Adult Social Services’ which is 39% of the total budget to ‘Parks’ which is only 1%. Those attending were asked to try to cut the budget in each section by various percentages. TS said that those attending found this well-nigh impossible as they did not have sufficient information as to the breakdown of the budgets.

Everyone from the Association who attended decided that even though they had some good discussions the whole thing was just a PR exercise to demonstrate how painful these cuts were going to be.

TS has since received an e-mail from Cllr Peter Adams asking for his suggestion as to what the next meeting might consist of.  TS will reply that those attending need more detail so that they know in practice what each cut will mean.

There then followed many comments and much discussion on the Council budget; mainly between the members of this Association who had attended the Workshop.

Chairman”s Note: The formal notes of the meeting will be circulated the Minutes of tonight”s meeting.

As TS had to leave the meeting early to attend, he used this opportunity to give feedback on his attendance earlier today at the first in a series of Twin Sails Bridge/Regeneration Open Days

He reported that the exhibition really brought home to him just how massive the changes are going to be to the centre of Poole.  He is worried that there does not seem to be a clear design or masterplan and each developer will develop how he wants to, or how much he can get away with to maximise their profits.  There is so much concern about this that a new Committee has been formed ‘The Vision for Poole Committee consisting of The Society for Poole Men, the Old Town Conservation Group and Dorset Campaign for the Protection of Rural England. The aim of this committee is to ask for tighter guidance and control of these ten sites. TS said that, in his opinion, Members need to stand up and be counted and really take a grip as the situation which, in his view, seems to be out of control.

Chairman”s Note: TS report on the information gained at today”s Twin Sails Bridge/Regeneration Open Day at Hamworthy Library is set out at the foot of these Minutes.

Poole Partnership: JS reported that the joint meeting of Poole and Bournemouth Vision Groups which was due to take place on Monday 5th October has been postponed until after the Comprehensive Spending Review.

The Poole Partnership Local Development Framework Working Group meeting which was fixed for yesterday was also cancelled.

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No new developments.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – ditto

Bessborough Road – ditto

Footpath 82 Spur – Sandbanks Boatyard & Marina Co. Ltd has until 21/10/10 to appeal against the Definitive Modification Order to add Footpath 82 Spur.

Chairman”s Note: The deadline for objections appears to have been extended to 25/11/10.

Possible Charitable Status for Assn: JS has still to set up a small Sub-Committee to look at this.

Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden):

Cllr Mrs Deas said that she had spoken with Simon Legg, BoP Greenspace Maintenance Team Leader, yesterday and the process is well underway. He hopes that the takeover of the garden will be pretty soon and he is drawing up details to the BPCCRA for their agreement and approval of the necessary documents needed to be signed by the Association, i.e. insurance, peppercorn rent etc.

Cllr Mrs Deas also reported on her support for Affordable Housing. She has been pushing for the Council to adopt the procedure of Kingston-upon-Thames. For instance, on contentious issues, the council do not go ahead and give approval without seeking the views of the residents.

She has so far had little success in this and asks that the Resident’s Associations should press as hard as they can to get this implemented.

Cllr Mrs Deas went on to say that she had attended a Planning Summer School some years ago where it was demonstrated that it is possible to regenerate the centre of a town sympathetically by incorporating modern architecture alongside old architect extremely successfully which she feels should be done in Poole centre.

JS pointed out that when Gallahers are ready to come forward with fresh plans for the former Power Station site, he feels sure that these will be the subject of a Local Engagement Forum.

Chairman”s note: The purpose of the Local Engagement Forum is “to enable those members of the community who might have meaningful comments to make on a major development, to have the opportunity to listen to detailed discussions and participate in the shaping of the scheme before it is submitted to the Council for a decision, as part of the Planning process.”

Policy for financially supporting objectors to Planning Applications:

JS read the proposals put together by Roy Pointer and SA, which were distributed to members at the meeting. These were:

1. Delegated authority is given for a Sub-group, following the request of any member, to engage specialists to draft formal representations in respect of Planning Applications which the Sub- group considers would:

(a) if approved, involve a substantial departure from the intent of national or local planning policy or regulations, and/or

(b) set an undesirable precedent for future development in the area covered by the Association.

2. The Sub-group has no authority to act in regard to Applications that relate to development outside the Association’s area nor on any request from any Member that objection be made to any Application which objection is, in the Sub-group’s opinion, largely made on a subjective basis, e.g. a mere dislike of the proposal. Any representations shall be based on planning considerations alone.

3. The Sub-group shall have no authority to arrange representations in respect of any planning appeal. The Sub-group shall comprise:

The Chairman of the Association

The Planning Officer of the Association

One other Member

Delegation to commit funds

4. The Sub-group may commit up to £1,000 or 50% (whichever is the lower) of the total cost of specialist services in respect of a single representation providing the sum committed is a full and final cost of the service up to the point of submitting the representation and not an initial instalment against further or unspecified costs of representation in respect of the Application.

5. The Sub-group shall report to the next regular meeting of the Association, any action taken under this delegation and, if necessary, seek guidance from the Association on any further action.

Review

6. The application of this delegation arrangement shall be reviewed by a Committee of the Association after the commitment of a total of £5,000 of funding, or two years operation of this Delegation, whichever shall first occur.

The Chairman then asked the meeting for comments.

Chris Stracey said that a residence had been built in his road that resembles ‘a white shoe box’, completely unlike anything else in the road, even though many objections were raised at the time.

The Chairman cited two fairly recent cases. That at 11 Leicester Road (Outline application to demolish existing dwelling & erect a 59 bedroom care home (class C2) with associated parking (15 spaces) for which the professional representation was funded by the neighbour, and Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue for which the Association contributed £1,000 towards the £11,000 it had cost for professional representation.

The above proposals are meant to help objections where an awful precedent would be set were the developing plans allowed, and not for smaller instances, for which KA provides the wording for an objection letter to the Council from the Association.

TS pointed out that the principle of this is that the Association contributes towards professional advice to fight a local contentious issue whereby a number of residents would be affected, or where it would set an undesirable precedent.

Cllr. Mrs Deas said that Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue, was a good example. Mr. & Mrs. Lace have just received notification from Barrister’s opinion that they can actually stop anyone accessing the  driveway. The Council were arguing against this and backing Seven Developments but through Barrister’s Opinion the residents have discovered that they do in fact own four-fifths of the driveway and they are entitled to withhold right of way. This will send out a clear message to Seven Development that residents will fight to the end, even if Council have already given their planning permission.

KA pointed out that it is very difficult to legislate to cover all situations. SA proposed that we accept the proposals as they stand now.

The Chairman asked for a show of hands that these proposals be adopted with a note to cover KAs point.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

Poole Council”s Business Transformation/Efficiency Review Programme: An updated report on this programme is due to be presented to the Council Efficiency and Effectiveness Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting in February 2011.

Funding for the NHS Dental Practice in Westbourne: JS reported that Mr Hamid Kolahy of the Westbourne Dental Practice had recently written to Jim Wilson to say that his practice n Alum Chine Road is only paid at £19.50 per UDA compared with three other local dental practices are paid at a higher rate Alderney Dental Practice, 451 Ringwood Road £26.00 per UDA (3.1 miles) Pasadena Dental, 210 Ashley Road, Parkstone £24.50 per UDA (1.6 miles) Parsa Dental, 11 The Triangle, Bournemouth £24.00 per UDA (1.1 miles)

JS ascertained that none of those present at the meeting actually use the Westbourne Dental Practice and it was decided that the Association took no action to follow this u, especially as it is outside our own area.

Chairman”s note: In a note from Sarah, the Director of Patient Safety and Quality, NHS Bournemouth and Poole to Jim Wilson dated 19/07/10, she says that it is “not in a position to reimburse all dentists to the highest level of payment and due to the contractual position of dentists; it would not be possible to remove resources from another dentist. However, when Units of Dental Activity become available, for example if a dental practice closes, the PCT will put the activity out to tender with a view to securing a dental service in line with our Oral Health Needs Assessment. In this way, dentists can secure additional activity and we will at the same time review the value of the UDAs.”

BPCCRA Autumn 2010 Magazine: JS signed off final version on 11/10/10.

SA reported that the lists of wardens had now been printed and those who distribute the magazines should be getting their printed lists from Michael Bond within the next couple of weeks. SA appealed to Wardens to let him know where the data is wrong, so that the Assn can

maintain the best possible database.

Parking in Shore Road: Cllr Mrs Haines reported that she was due to present a petition from residents living in Shore Road and Brudenell Avenue, about camper vans being used as “beach- huts” & overnight sleeping and water sports vans parking 24/7 in Shore Road by taking advantage of Beach Parking Permits, to the Transportation Advisory Group meeting on 07/10/10 but this was cancelled and the next meeting will take place on 25/11/10

As Cllr Mrs Haines will not be here for this meeting the petition will be presented by Cllr. Sorton. Another Ward Councillor will also be at this meeting as other areas in the Borough also have similar problems with camper vans.

3. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT JS reported that the Assn had not registered any objections to planning applications during the past month.

Other current planning issues

The Cottage, Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue (Erect a detached house on land adjacent to The Cottage and erect detached garage to The Cottage) – Application was granted with conditions at Planning Committee meeting on 09/09/10.

4 Lawrence Drive (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 block of 8 apartments with assoc parking) – Application refused on 05/03/10. Awaiting outcome of appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2128771) held on 28/09/10.

11 Westminster Road East

(a) Demolish existing and erect a 3 storey single dwelling and garage with associated vehicular access

(b) Demolition of existing dwelling and garage. Erection of a 3-storey (part) single family dwelling, a garage and associated vehicular access and landscaping

Both applications refused under delegated authority on 04/04/10 & 29/06/10 are subject of a “Written Representations” appeals (APP/Q1255/E/10/2132669 & APP/Q1255/E/10/2132672). The “Start date” for these appeals was 22/07/10. Site visit took place on 13/10/10.

Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme) – Application refused by Planning Committee on 10/12/09 is subject of a “Written Representations” appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2120940). The “Start date” for this appeal was 27/01/10. Site visit took place on 13/10/10.

11 Westminster Road (Demolition of the existing building and construction of three detached houses with associated parking and access. (revised scheme – Application refused on 17/05/10. Awaiting outcome of appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2129589) held on 12/10/10

24 Ravine Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect replacement dwelling with integral garaging. (Revised scheme) Amended plans received 08/12/09 and 25/01/10) – Written Representations appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2122302) was dismissed on 16/09/10.

2 Crawshaw Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect x 2 detached dwellings with on-site parking. (Revised Scheme) – Application registered 25/05/10. Amended plans lodged on 14/07/10.

6 Durrant Road

(a) Demolish existing dwelling and erect x2 detached dwellings. (Revised Scheme) As amended by plans received 01/10/09) – Application refused under delegated authority on 11/12/09, now the subject of Written Representations appeals (APP/Q1255/A/10/2121180). Site visit took place on 07/09/10.

(b) Demolish existing dwelling and erect 2 No semi-detached dwellings with attached garages (Revised Scheme)– Application refused by Planning Committee on 08/07/10.

Canford Cliffs, Promenade 2 (a) Construction of 18 new beach huts – Application No: 08/24380/005/F & (b) Conservation Area application to demolish 8 beach huts (nos 99-106) adjacent to Canford Cliffs Chine. Application No: 08/24380/007/U The applications were registered as long ago as 22/01/08 &13/02/08 respectively. MH will keep the Assn advised of any further developments.

4-6 Compton Avenue (Non material amendment of planning permission 06/12687/005/F to extend basement parking, an additional staircase, two roof lights, convert half gable window to full height) Application granted on.26/07/10

8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application. An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at is “offers” in excess of £2m.

60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) – Confirmation awaited that the Council”s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.

4.   UPDATE RE CANFORD CLIFFS & FENN HILL AREA COMMITTEE MEETING (15/09/10) Chairman”s Note: I omitted to cover this item.

Lengthy discussions took place on recent changes in the Penn Hill Avenue and suggestions were made for improvements to the Kingsbridge Road/Highmoor Road junction.

Officers from Strategic Planning gave presentations on Preferred Options for Additional Sites – Consultation on Proposed and Revised Policy Areas

5.                  ACCOUNTS TO DATE – JS reported that the total funds as at 30th September amounted to £33,187.32, which takes account of the £3,000 donated to the Canford Cliffs Village Hall. It has also been agreed to make a payment of £1,000 to the flat-owners at Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue towards their costs of £11,000 fighting Seven Developments applications for the site at the rear.

6.                  ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Ward Walks – Cllr. Sorton reported on his Ward Walk with Cllr. Mrs Haines. Part of this was in Canford Cliffs Village and had suggested that we get rid of some of the clutter’ – in particular some of the litter bins. Cllr. Haines added that the question of trees in Haven Road had been brought up with the officers – trees contained in pots perhaps.

The next area visited was Mountbatten Road/Cassel Avenue area to check the distinctiveness, and will ask for this area to be given Conservation Area status.

Turning circle in Torbay Road – Rose Rogers asked if there were any regulation covering a rubbish skip left permanently obstructing this part of the road Cllr. Mrs Haines said that there was no restriction to having a skip in your own drive. JS suggested that she took up this question with a Penn Hill Ward Councillor, or that she contacts Transportation Services for their advice.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 10th November 2010 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm”s Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

REPORT ON INFORMATION GAINED AT TWIN SAILS BRIDGE/REGENERATION

OPEN DAY ON 13/10/10 AT HAMWORTHY LIBRARY

A. Nigel Jacobs : Strategic Planning

1. I recommend you get hold of the plan and drawings of ‘Poole’s Masterplan. A town Fit for the 21st Century.’

2. Because of cuts & staff shortages they are limited on their work. Current Priorities :

(a) Dorset Heathlands, because of commitments to other Dorset Councils. Nigel leads this project.

(b) Site Specific Plan.

(c) Infrastructure Plan.

(d) Update SPG2 Design Masterplan.

3.They will be starting shortly on updating SPG2.

4.Warren Lever has been asked to look at setting up a Design Forum. Currently the thought is for one covering Bournemouth and Poole. Examples of good forums have some Community participation. Important that one of us is on the Forum.

5.There has been pressure to relax some elements of the SPG2 requirements because of the Recession. The Core Strategy Inspector recommended a more flexible approach to development in the regeneration area to enable development to occur recognising its impact on viability.

6. The Council (i.e. the Councillors if they have the leadership guts my comment) are faced with a choice:

(a) If they want speedier development to provide employment, etc. it will mean lower CIL (Section 106 contributions) for Affordable Housing, and other Infrastructure with less discipline on enforcing SPG2 and other Core Strategy requirements.

Or b) holding up approving the key sites until the economy picks up when the developer profits improve and they can secure contributions to meet the stated needs set out in policy.

7. Planning Department has the power to refuse an application if the architectural design is poor.

8. In the end it is up to Councillors to make this decision. I believe we can apply heavy democratic pressure on Councillors leading up to the Local Elections in May, to apply Option B.

9. CABE have just done a review of the current Masterplan and are relatively happy that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the principles within. Unlikely they will be issuing a written report.

10. The West Quay Road site is a critical to the regeneration of Poole and ideally would come forward last, although the Council has no control over the timing of planning applications. The Council will need to take a view as explained in 6.

11. The Core Strategy statement on number of units per site is a minimum figure. Overall the Core Strategy has to deliver a minimum number of dwellings (PCS5). If developers choose to go for different levels of use then they need to justify against what the overall approach to a site/location is demonstrating that their scheme can meet stated objectives for the Town.

12. He believed that Gallahers would be unlikely to gain support for 1,600 units on Hamworthy site ␣ as compared with Core Strategy 1,100 plus. Anticipates that any future scheme would not be too far away from baseline in Core Strategy.

13. The outline approval for the West Quay Marina site, s106 not yet signed, includes a provision that if the economy picks up and the developer makes more profit than forecast, the Council can re-visit the calculations and secure some Affordable Housing, etc. contributions. This approach is now being worked into other s106 agreements where viability is an issue.

14. Sainsbury are in no hurry to submit an application for development of their car park.

15. There is no indication that the Goods Yard site will be redeveloped soon although Network Rail retains aspirations for a new station but only as part of a development package for the whole site.

16. The multi-storey car park next to the Dolphin Centre may be demolished to allow extension of the centre.

17. The future of the Barclays Tower is uncertain. At some stage Barclays will want modern office accommodation which presents issues over what happens to the current building. Refurbishment is an option but redevelopment probably more likely. Barclays are committed to staying in Poole and there is no timeframe on any changes to this site.

18. The new Lifting Bridge will always be raised first. If there is heavy boat traffic in the summer the Harbour Master will have the power to raise both bridges at the same time should there be safety issues. There will be a bridge control unit on the Gallagher site with views of both bridges.

19. The bus depot behind the multi-storey park will be relocated to an industrial estate to allow expansion of the Dolphin Centre. The Bus Station will not be moved, but it may be re-modelled to allow for the Centre’s expansion.

B. Chris Francombe : Transport Planning

1. A31 link from the Port to Merley, Gravel Hill is unlikely to be dualled in the near future. The A31 round Wimborne may be dualled from 2020, but will depend on Government cuts.

2. Dorset County Council has agreed that the junction at Merley between the A31 and the A 349 will be closed for 2 weeks and 1 day so the 200 VIPs can be guaranteed to travel from London to Weymouth in 2 hours 43 minutes.

There has been no decision yet about the period of the Paralympics. Poole Council were not fully consulted, but are demanding in return that the Canford Bottom roundabout be converted into a hamburger design with the A31 going straight though the middle. Later the roundabout may have a flyover across the middle. There is likely to be traffic chaos during this period.

3. The £40million link from the A338 to the Airport will not be built since there is not a large enough traffic forecast.

4. The industrial site at the Airport is being reduced from 40 hectares to 20. The public bus service will be inadequate. Much employment will be provided at the Ferndown Estate planned for 20 hectares.

5.            Still discussing whether Kingland Road will be closed between the bus station and the Lighthouse. Key is the road into the bus station. Kingland Road may be reduced to a single one- way road.

6.            The rail link to Swanage will be implemented; current cost £40million, but depends on Railtrack problems.

7.            The rubble from the Hamworthy site will be removed over the 2nd lifting bridge and then down Holes Bay Road.

Terry Stewart

Branksome Park Minutes September 8th 2010

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING

HELD ON WEDNESDAY 8th  SEPTEMBER 2010 AT 7.30PM

IN THE LOUNGE, BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM”S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

  • Terry Stewart President
  • John Sprackling Chairman
  • Wayne Hancock Vice-Chairman
  • Stan Alfert Data Protection Officer
  • Bob Young Magazine Advertising
  • Cllr Mrs May Haines
  • Cllr Neil Sorton

Approx 15 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

JS welcomed the three Ward Councillors and all those present. JS also thanked Sam Waldron for stepping in as Minutes Secretary.
Apologies: Apologies received from Keith Alcroft, Carol Parkin, Chris Stracey & Ken Sanson
Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 11 AUGUST 2010, subject to the item about (a) “Cars parked in Ravine Road” and (b) “Pinecliff Gardens  (Sunken garden)”
In the case of (a), MH has asked that the paragraph should be amended to read “the situation is that the transporter is allowed to park up for the purposes of loading and un-loading ONLY and should not be parked up. With regards to the forecourt cars, they can be parked there but subject to the normal restrictions. The traffic wardens will be asked to patrol that area more frequently to ensure that these cars do not exceed the restriction, otherwise they will be ticketed.
In the case of (b), SA said that his concern was that the 3rd party insurance should cover all individuals working at the Sunken garden in Pinecliff Gardens. He feels that the Assn must have confirmation from the Council that this is the case.

2. MATTERS ARISING Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…

1.    Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.    Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane – Another planning application has been registered for this site but details have yet to be posted on the BoP website.

3.    Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – No new developments

4.    Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

5.    Old Orchard House. 39-61 High Street – ditto

6.    Land at West Quay Road (Mixed use regeneration and new public quayside to include; the demolition of a listed gate post and all existing buildings on site; the redevelopment of the site with 440 residential units provided in six apartment blocks with basement parking and courtyard) – TS said that the building is ugly, ignores planning guidelines and is too dominant. The Society of Poole Men, Poole Old Town Conservation Group and Dorset CPRE have formed a new “Vision for Poole” Committee to fight this application and pressure Councillors to tighten design rules for the 10 redevelopment sites within the regeneration area.

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:

JS reported…

17 Over Links Drive (Application to demolish existing and erect 2 detached houses granted on 31/01/08 but number of conditions should have been complied with before this development commenced)
Chairman”s Note:An undertaking has been requested that before any further on-site works are carried out that the owner seeks advice from an ecological adviser how best to prevent the risk of protected species entering the development area, and that he will erect some form of tree protection to ensure that no further damage to tree roots occurs.

19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – ditto

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – ditto

15A Westminster Road (Erection of railings over 1 metre high partly along the frontage of 15a Westminster Road, being adjacent to a highway. The boundary treatment then changes to a double close boarded fence over 1 metre high which continues along the frontage of Westminster Road,being adjacent to a highway and then turns South-West and continues down the boundary with Dalkeith Road being also adjacent to a highway)– ditto

2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment) – ditto

Community Working Group (CWG): The next CWG meeting is fixed for 22/09/10. JS reminded members that an annual up-date on Sir Michael Pitt”s independent review & the IDeA Peer Review of planning matters in Poole is due to be presented to the Council Efficiency and Effectiveness Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 23/09/10.

Roy Pointer referred to the Ward Walk Report and pointed out that there were no time scales/actions.    He will be following this up at the next CWG meeting
RP for consultation and comments are invited.

Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: Roy Pointer pointed out that the Environmental Statement is out Council Tax 2010/11 & Council”s Budget Monitoring report: William Mutlow reported that the latest Corporate Financial Monitoring report for the period from 01/04/10 to 31/07/10 shows a surplus of £216K.
As a result of Government cutbacks and increased pressures such as Adult Social Services, reduction in Planning Services/Building Regulations Service fees etc, the revised General Fund pressure has risen from £8,434m for June 2010 to £9.986 for July 2010 but total reductions found to date have increased from £8,616m to £10,202.
The capital projects currently in hand will continue but the prospect for new capital projects will, of course, depend on the finance being available.
TS reported that the Council are organising a Financial Workshop for representatives of all Residents’ Associations to discuss next year”s Budget in the Committee Suite at the Civic Centre on 24 September 9.30 – 12.30/13.00.
Cllr Leverett will be writing to shortly to invite their attendance. The number of representatives per Residents” Assn has yet to be announced.

Poole Partnership: –

JS reported that the Stronger Communities Partnership meeting scheduled for 08/09/10 was cancelled.
There are likely to be some important developments over this month and October which could have an influence on the work of the Stronger Communities Partnership, including the governments spending review and developments with their Big Society agenda. As a result, it was felt that it would be more useful to meet later in the year, once a better understanding is known how these issues will affect this group.
The outcome of the Poole Partnership Management Board which met on 02/09/10 has yet to published in the public domain.
TS asked JS if he would like to say a word about the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The LEP was lodged with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills on Monday and was endorsed by the Cabinet at their meeting last night. Following the dissolution of the Regional Development Agencies, Poole, Dorset and Bournemouth Councils have got together to submit an Expression of Interest in forming a LEP.    This will have an independent chairman – Gordon Page (who heads up Hamworthy Engineering).
NS said that the LEP will supersede the Wessex Multi-Area Agreement which is a multi-faceted enterprise. HC asked if a copy of the Expression of Interest is available on the BOP website. JS said he will enquire. Roland Cunnell said that Mr Page used to be Leader of the Dorset Training Enterprise Council

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – Meeting with Public Rights of Way Officer and local residents took place on 26/07/10 – the officer needs more information.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – No new developments.

Bessborough Road – ditto

Footpath 82 Spur – ditto

Possible Charitable Status for Assn:

JS has still to set up a small Sub-Committee to look at this.

Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden):

MH reported that £30,000 has been allocated for the play area but MH is putting in a bid for more money from the s106 funds.    It is hoped to install one or two adult keep fit equipment, if funds allow. It is anticipated that the childrens” play equipment if unlikely to be installed until next spring and should be available for use by next summer
WH said he is currently waiting to hear from Cllr Mrs Deas about another proposed meeting with Simon Legg in connection with the sunken garden in Pinecliff Gardens.
Policy for financially supporting objectors to Planning Applications: JS said that to start off the discussion on this item, SA had made a number of suggestions as follows..

1. Case by case decision by Sub-committee reported to membership at meeting a.s.a.p.

2. Normally maximum £1000 but not exceeding 50% of costs, anything larger to be discussed at a meeting and approved.

3. Must be member but immediate joining would have to be allowed.

4. If above complied with and outside our area, must get consent of local Residents” Assn, if any.

5. Reconsider this policy when we have spent £10,000 or after 2 years

6. Above applies to applications. Only applicable to appeals if we take passive role but individuals not precluded from action on their own account.

The Assn must be kept in picture so that it doesn”t support any events that happen and the Assn has “egg on its face”.
NS said that the Assn should only contribute in exceptional cases.    The decision of who to support should be subject to a strict vetting procedure by a small sub committee made up of the chairman, the planning officer, and A N Other. Their recommendation would then be put to the meeting.
William Mutlow felt the Assn should set strict guidelines.
Martin Heath pointed out that there was only a limited time scale for objecting to planning applications but JS pointed out that if the application is red-carded representations can be lodged right up the date of the Planning Committee Meeting.
Roy Pointer felt that we should only support applications in our own area.
It was agreed that JS, KA & Roy Pointer would get together to agree a resolution to be put at the next meeting.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

Poole Council”s Business Transformation/Efficiency Review Programme:

An updated report on this programme is due to be presented to the Council Efficiency and Effectiveness Overview and Scrutiny   Committee meeting in February 2011.

Funding for Westbourne Medical Centre and the NHS Dental Practice in Westbourne: JS reported  that he had received a letter dated 25/08/10 from Anne Swan, Interim Chief Executive of NHS Bournemouth and Poole.
“Thank you for your recent letter in support of the Westbourne Medical Centre requesting a premises extension. The Primary Care Trust has undertaken a comprehensive review of the health needs of the local population, reviewed existing services provided by the practice and the practice”s plans to develop services in the future.
I am extremely pleased to advise that we have agreed to fund an extension to the Westbourne Medical Centre and we are now in the process of agreeing the detail of this plan with the practice.
I hope this will reassure you of our commitment to develop services outside of hospital and we look forward to working with the practice as they take their plans forward.”
As members will be aware, Jim Wilson would also like the Assn to send a letter of support for the Westbourne Dental Practice. JS has suggested to JW that it might be politic if the Manager of the Westbourne Dental Practice could send JS a note confirming that he/she is being paid at a lower rate per treatment than similar dentists in the area and that he/she is happy for us (BPCCRA) to take up this matter with the PCT.

BPCCRA Autumn 2010 Magazine: The deadline date for material is last week in September. Hazel Clifton said that she would be submitting an article about the Canford Cliffs Village Hall.

3. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT In the absence of Keith Alcroft, JS reported that

The Cottage, Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue (Erect a detached house on land adjacent to The Cottage and erect detached garage to The Cottage) – Application is due to be determined at tomorrow”s Planning Committee.meeting. The officer”s recommendation is to “Grant with conditions”.
JS reported that he had been informed by Ian Lace this morning that Kingsgate residents had signed a Covenant between themselves and Seven Developments in relation to the above application. JS understands that this is on the basis that Seven Developments” appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2126736) against the Planning Committee”s refusal on 25/03/10 of the application for a block of 5 apartments and associated garages is withdrawn.

4 Lawrence Drive (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 block of 8 apartments with assoc parking) – Application refused on 05/03/10 is now the subject of an appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2128771) at 10.00am on 28/09/10 In the Council Chamber. JS encouraged members to attend to show the strength of    All feeling against this application.

Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme) – Application refused by Planning Committee on 10/12/09 is subject of a “Written Representations” appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2120940). The “Start date” for this appeal was 27/01/10 but the site visit has yet to be arranged..
24 Ravine Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect replacement dwelling with integral garaging. (Revised scheme) Amended plans received 08/12/09 and 25/01/10) – Application refused under delegated authority on 29/01/10 is now the subject of appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2122302) to be determined by Written Representations. Site visit took place on 17/08/10.
(b) Demolish existing dwelling and erect 2 No semi-detached dwellings with attached garages (Revised Scheme)- Application refused by Planning Committee on 08/07/10. Canford Cliffs, Promenade 2 (a) Construction of 18 new beach huts – Application No: 08/24380/005/F & (b) Conservation Area application to demolish 8 beach huts (nos 99-106) adjacent to Canford Cliffs Chine. Application No: 08/24380/007/U The applications were registered as long ago as 22/01/08 &13/02/08 respectively. MH will keep the Assn advised of any further developments.

4-6 Compton Avenue (Non material amendment of planning permission 06/12687/005/F to extend basement parking, an additional staircase, two roof lights, convert half gable window to full height) – Application granted on.26/07/10 8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application.    An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at is “offers” in excess of £2m.

Other current planning issues

1 Westminster Road East
(a) Demolish existing and erect a 3 storey single dwelling and garage with associated vehicular access
(b) Demolition of existing dwelling and garage. Erection of a 3-storey (part) single family dwelling, a garage and associated vehicular access and landscaping
Both applications refused under delegated authority on 04/04/10 & 29/06/10 are subject of a “Written Representations” appeals (APP/Q1255/E/10/2132669 & APP/Q1255/E/10/2132672). The “Start date” for these appeals was 22/07/10 but the site visit has yet to be arranged.

11 Westminster Road (Demolition of the existing building and construction of three detached houses with associated parking and access. (revised scheme – Application refused on 17/05/10 is now the subject of a appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2129589) at 10.00 on 12/10/10

2 Crawshaw Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect x 2 detached dwellings with on site parking. (Revised Scheme) – Application registered 25/05/10. Amended plans lodged on 14/07/10.

6 Durrant Road
(a) Demolish existing dwelling and erect x2 detached dwellings. (Revised Scheme) As amended by plans received 01/10/09) – Application refused under delegated authority on 11/12/09, now the subject of Written Representations appeals (APP/Q1255/A/10/2121180). The site visit was fixed for yesterday (07/09/10).

60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) – Confirmation awaited that the Council”s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.

6.    ACCOUNTS TO DATE

JS reported that the total funds as at 31st August amounted to £36,298.47.
JS said that he had met with Paul Fearnley this afternoon who is anxious to make the Assn”s financial procedures as efficient as possible. There are several ideas that PF has in mind…
1. Encourage as many as possible of the Assn”s payments made and received to be processed electronically. This will reduce the considerable time spent in handling cheques.
2. Close the Alliance and Leicester account (formerly Gyro) account but this will involve requesting many members to change their Standing Order details.
3. At present members pay an annual sub when they want to. It has been suggested that the Assn would have much more control over the receipt of subs if they were all due to be paid at the same time of the year. 4. Allocate every member with a unique reference number.
SA said that he was not opposed to the idea of a unique reference number but thought that it might be a good idea to introduce this gradually for new members only.
It”s been decided that whatever changes are made in due course, no precipitate changes will be made until members have had time to consider this over the coming months.

7.    ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Parkstone Children”s Centre & Alexandra Park Lodge – JS reported that the Cabinet at last night”s meeting had re-affirmed its decision to go ahead with the building of this centre subject to the approval of the planning application which is to be determined at tomorrow”s Planning Committee meeting. Chairman”s Note: I”m told that the Planning Committee unanimously voted to refuse this application, apart from Cllr. Mrs Stribley who abstained

Canford Cliffs Village Hall – Hazel Clifton asked if the Assn would consider making a donation to the Village Hall towards its ever increasing maintenance expenditure. This year the Trustees have had several unexpected repairs. Firstly, three separate floods due to old clay pipes being cracked and blocked by tree roots. The pipes have had to be replaced with plastic ones and the “runways” cleared at cost of £3000. Secondly, the two boilers that run the heating for the main Hall and the Bridge Club below have been “condemned” and the Trustees are having to replace both boilers and remove asbestos, make good, etc. at a cost of £6000 .
Both these expenses were unexpected and the Trustees had already committed themselves to an extension to the store room to give extra space for storage of short mat bowls mats.
The Trustees do not receive any funding from the Council. The Canford Cliffs Land Society have been generous in the past but it needs to go to an EGM before it can give the Trustees any extra funding. The Hall”s takings just about cover its running costs and therefore the Trustees” funds are getting quite low.
SA suggested that if the Association makes a donation we should have the free use of the hall for the Assn” AGMs.    HC will pencil in Saturday 14th May 2011 for the meeting but JS wonders if this will clash with the Conservation Group Councillors Annual Meeting which is always held on the second Saturday in May.    MH to make enquiries.
Roy Pointer asked, if provision was being made for the storage of short mat bowls mats, could the club make a contribution but HC said that no club had been approached yet.
In answer to a question from SA, HC said that the Canford Cliffs Land Society had already made a recent contribution of £50,000.
TS suggested a donation of £3,000 and this was unanimously agreed by a show of hands.

Parking in Shore Road – MH said that she had received complaints from residents living in Shore Road and Brudenell Avenue about camper vans being used as “beach-huts” & overnight sleeping and watersports vans parking 24/7 in Shore Road by taking advantage of Beach Parking Permits. Residents feel that this is not fair, particularly as the water sports vans are running a commercial enterprise . MH has organised a petition which she invited members to sign and plans to present at next week”s Full Council Meeting.

The meeting closed at 8.35pm.

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 13h October 2010 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm”s Parish  All Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

Branksome Park Minutes August 11th 2010

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING HELD ON

WEDNESDAY 11th AUGUST 2010

AT 7.30PM IN THE LOUNGE, BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM’S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

  • Terry Stewart President
  • John Sprackling Chairman
  • Wayne Hancock Vice-Chairman
  • Carol Parkin Secretary/Minutes Secretary
  • Michael Bond Membership Secretary
  • Stan Alfert Data Protection Officer
  • Cllr Mrs Carole Deas Ward Councillor
  • Cllr Mrs May Haines Ward Councillor
  • Cllr Neil Sorton Ward Councillor

Approx 15 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

JS welcomed the three Ward Councillors and all those present.

Apologies: Apologies received from Bob & Phyllis Young & Henry Fielden

ACTION

Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting

held on 21 JULY 2010.

2. MATTERS ARISING

Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…

1. Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2. Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane – ditto

3. Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – ditto

4. Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

5. Old Orchard House. 39-61 High Street – ditto

6. Land at West Quay Road

(Mixed use regeneration and new public quayside to include; the demolition of a listed gate post and all existing buildings on site; the redevelopment of the site with 440 residential units provided in six apartment blocks with basement parking and courtyard)

– TS invited members to access the BoP Planning Application website to look at the artist’s impressions of the proposed development of this site, next to the lifting bridge. TS said that It is similar to the proposed ugly design for the Quay Thistle Hotel site; square, hard, flat roofed, angular with a tall 12 storey block next to the bridge. TS asked if this is compatible with Poole’s adjacent ‘old town’.

Chairman’s note: The closing date for comments on this application has been confirmed as 3rd September.

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update: JS reported…

17 Over Links Drive (Application to demolish existing and erect 2 detached houses granted on 31/01/08 but number of conditions should have been complied with before this development commenced) – No new developments.

19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – ditto

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – ditto

15A Westminster Road (Erection of railings over 1 metre high partly along the frontage of 15aWestminster Road, being adjacent to a highway. The boundary treatment then changes to a double close boarded fence over 1 metre high which continues along the frontage of Westminster Road,being adjacent to a highway and then turns South-West and continues down the boundary with Dalkeith Road being also adjacent to a highway)– ditto

2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment) – ditto

Community Working Group (CWG) :

Report from last meeting: Roy Pointer reported on matters that had been discussed at the CWG meeting on 28/07/10, in which members may be interested. RP feels that the Assn. should encourage everybody to make representations on the West Quays development as Stephen Thorne says that, in the case of the West Quay Marina site he only had two letters about this. TS pointed out that the Assn. is quite remote from this site, and therefore it seems that people in this area may have no interest.

There will be a presentation from the Council to the CWG at its next meeting on the changes to Planning Regulations which have come forward from the Government, and RP suggested that whoever does the presentation should be invited to our Assn. meeting as this group may be interested. This is likely to come out sometime in the Autumn. Consultation on the Site Specific Allocations and Development Management Policies (which will replace the majority of current ‘saved’ policies in the Poole Local Plan First Alteration) and has now commenced and details are available on the BoP website

http://opinions.discussit.co.uk/consultations/ref:C4C5FE935A69F8/category:/

JS said that Bill Gordon who is managing the consultation has offered to meet representatives of the Assn shortly after the commencement of the consultation period. The consultation extends to

the 1st October. Members living within in the Avenue Conservation Area have some strong views about making sure that the policies which are in the current plan are saved. JS invited Martin Heath to this meeting.

There is a new initiative called the Community Engagement Forum which gives the opportunity for developers to consult with local communities before planning applications are lodged, and RPasked JS to suggest to Stephen Thorne that developers of the land at West Quay Road might beinvited to seek local opinions about this development by using the format as a ‘pilot’.

The next Newsletter from the CWG is due out shortly and RP said that it will include a piece on the role and constituency of the CWG. It was important to think about succession well before the Group is reviewed in the March next year. JS was hoping to circulate this with the Minutes.

The South East Dorset Transport Strategy (Third Local Transport Plan 2011 – 2016) – Further consultation on the recommended transport strategy and the associated implementation programme will take place in September 2010. TS said that he is registered as a stakeholder?

Assn members were encouraged to engage since most of the options affect Branksome Park area.

TS pointed out that as well as the Site Specific consultation there is also a consultation on Poole’s Infrastructure Development Plan Documents and responses to this have to be in by October 9.

The Community Working Group minutes are now available on the website page;

http://www.boroughofpoole.com/go.php?structureID=U464063d13022f&ref=S4A8BC8E2CB5B1

and the next Planning and Regeneration Newsletter will be uploaded onto the website on Monday 16 August. Please click on the link below;

http://www.boroughofpoole.com/go.php?structureID=categories&ref=C484E57C53353F

Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences:

Shoreline Management Plan – RP reported that the Poole Bay, Poole Harbour and Wareham Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy portion looked at flood risk and erosion between Hengistbury Head and Durlston Head. There is now another document – The Strategic Environmental Assessment. This takes the Shoreline, Management Plan and looks at it from an environmental point of view. There is a copy of the document on the web and to register an interest, e-mail PooleandWarehamStrategy@atkinsglobal.com or write to Steve Rendell, Environment Agency,Manley House, Kestrel Way, Exeter, EX2 7LQ..

Council Tax 2010/11 & Council’s Budget Monitoring report: William Mutlow reported that there as no new Council Budget Monitoring report at the moment but he reported that generally the Council is endeavouring to find various cuts and these need to be sustainable in future years. The

budget will have to be rebalanced for this year to find these cuts. No detailed information has been published yet, but we expect to see a lot more over the coming months.

TS reported that he had had a meeting with the Leader of the Council, Cllr Dr Brian Leverett, who is hoping to set up a meeting for Residents’ Assn. representatives with himself, John McBride and Liz Wilkinson, the Head of Financial Services, towards the end of September, when

representatives will be able to comment on options the Council has for cutting £29M from the Medium Term Financial Plan over the next four years.

JS reported that this is a great improvement over the usual procedure, where Residents’ Assns are presented with the budget in February, when it was all ‘cut and dried’.

Poole Partnership: No new developments.

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – Meeting with Public Rights of Way Officer and local

residents took place on 26/07/10 – the officer needs more information.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – No new developments.

Bessborough Road – ditto

Footpath 82 Spur – ditto

Possible Charitable Status for Assn: J S has still to set up a small Sub-Committee to look at this.

Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden)

Canford Cliffs Play Area Hazel Clifton reported that Canford Cliffs project should start in the Autumn.

Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden) CD reported that she, WH and Daphne Howell had met with Simon Legg from Leisure Services and he indicated that the Council is willing to let Canford Cliffs residents take over the management of the ‘Sunken garden’, as there is no funding for plants. We shall be the first area in the Borough to be granted a ‘Green Pennant’. This will incur a cost to the Assn of approx £200 (per annum) for an insurance premium to cover injuries to any of the residents working on the garden. The Council is willing to support this venture in taking away rubbish etc., and there will probably be a small annual charge i.e. a ‘peppercorn’ rent. CD said that she had had very positive feedback from residents and hopefully the garden will be brought back to how it used to be a few years ago, instead of the sorry state that it is in now.

WH stated that he had already e-mailed the documentation to JS and asked if there were any thoughts on funding of plants. CD said that she hoped that the funding the Assn. were going to provide to the Council for this project, were the Council to go ahead, would still be available. She also suggested that maybe local businesses would be willing to sponsor some of the costs. Carol thinks that this is a really good idea and will help promote some ‘community spirit’. Flat dwellers, for instance, with no gardens of their own to work on should welcome the opportunity to meet other people down at the garden. SA thought this is a marvellous idea but it will undoubtedly incur ongoing costs and there are insurance implications if we take over the lease. He suggested that there needs to be a Steering Committee from the Assn. as the project won’t run itself. JS asked WH would he be prepared to project manage this, and he agreed. There was a show of hands to see if this project should be carried forward. It was agreed that it would be.

Use of Assn’s Capital Reserve – No new developments.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

Poole Council’s Business Transformation/Efficiency Review Programme –

MH confirmed that an updated report will be presented to the Council Efficiency and Effectiveness Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting until February 2011.

Funding for Westbourne Medical Centre and the NHS Dental Practice in Westbourne –

Awaiting further communication next month from Anne Swan, Interim Chief Executive of NHS Bournemouth and Poole, as promised in Angela Schofield, Chairman, Bournemouth and Poole Teaching Primary Care Trust letter dated 12/07/10.

Overhanging Hedge at Kenilworth Court, 3 Western Road –

MH reported that the Council had sent a confirmation letter to Kenilworth Court that this problem has to be dealt with before the end

of the year and the managing agent will comply with this.

Parking in Ravine Road

– MH reported that the Mazda car showroom on the corner of Haven and Ravine Roads are allowed to have delivery of cars from a transporter, but that showroom cars are not allowed to park there as they currently do. The Council have agreed to ask the Traffic Wardens to visit this area regularly to see what the showroom actually does. So she advises us to ‘watch this space’.

3. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

In the absence of Keith Alcroft, JS reported that no letters of objection had sent on behalf of the Association since the last meeting. Roland Cunnell expressed the view that he thought the Assn might be more pro-active in relation to planning applications. RC is particularly concerned about

Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme)

– Application refused by Planning Committee on 10/12/09 is subject of a ‘Written Representations’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2120940). The ‘Start date’ for this appeal was 27/01/10 but the site visit has yet to be arranged.

RC is also concerned about the LPAs apparent lack of action at

17 Over Links Drive (Demolish existing and erect 2 detached houses)

.

Chairman’s note: There is a letter from Greener Homes Ltd dated 06/08/10 posted on the BoP Planning Application website.

8 Buccleuch Road – CD reported that she had had a meeting, at his request, with a developer who wants to build a chalet bungalow on the land at this site, and asked for the support of the Ward Councillors.

SA said that he knows the site well and thinks that applications have been rejected in the past as the site is slightly less than the minimum size, although things have now changed. The site also contains many trees that have Preservation Orders on them and SA feels it would be impossible to

build on the site without felling trees. MH reported that this road was visited on the last Ward Walk. The land in question does not only have a TPO on it, but there is in fact a Woodland Preservation Order. She will alert the Planning Department to keep an eye on this plot as it is so easy to fell the trees and pay the fine.

NS said that he would be very worried about creating a precedent on this controversial site by supporting an application. JS was of the view that the Assn. should just ‘sit on the fence’. However, SA proposed that theAssn. should take the stance that this is a site not to be developed. JS asked for a show of hands that the Assn. would oppose any development plans for 8 Buccleuch Road. This was agreed.

Other current planning issues

Land at 5 Brackenhill (Sever land and erect a three bed detached single storey dwelling, with attached single garage at lower level)– Application refused on 22/07/10.

4 Lawrence Drive (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 block of 8 apartments with assoc parking) – Application refused on 05/03/10 is now the subject of an appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2128771) at 10.00an on 28/09/10.

The Cottage, Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue (a) Demolish existing and erect a block of 5 apartments and associated garages) – Application was refused by Planning Committee on 25/03/10 but subject to ‘Written representations’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2126736) Final date for statements & representations was 02/06/10.

(b) Erect a detached house on land adjacent to The Cottage and erect detached garage to The Cottage. – Application registered on 01/06/10.

11 Westminster Road (Demolition of the existing building and construction of three detached houses with associated parking and access. (revised scheme – Application refused on 17/05/10 is now the subject of a appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2129589) at 10.00 on 12/10/10

24 Ravine Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect replacement dwelling with integral garaging. (Revised scheme) Amended plans received 08/12/09 and 25/01/10) – Application refused under delegated authority on 29/01/10 is now the subject of appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2122302) to be determined by Written Representations. Site visit fixed for 10.00 on 17/08/10.

2 Crawshaw Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect x 2 detached dwellings with on site parking. (Revised Scheme) – Application registered 25/05/10. Amended plans lodged on 14/07/10.

Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme) – Application refused by Planning Committee on 10/12/09 is subject of a ‘Written Representations’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2120940) The date for final comments was 31/03/10.

6 Durrant Road (a) Demolish existing dwelling and erect x2 detached dwellings. (Revised Scheme) As amended by plans received 01/10/09) -Application refused under delegated authority on 11/12/09, now the subject of Written Representations appeals (APP/Q1255/A/10/2121180). Site inspection which was scheduled to take place at 11.00 on 17 August 2010 has been cancelled due to a request for postponement.

(b) Demolish existing dwelling and erect 2 No semi-detached dwellings with attached garages (Revised Scheme) – Application refused by Planning Committee on 08/07/10.

Canford Cliffs, Promenade 2 (a) Construction of 18 new beach huts – Application No: 08/24380/005/F &(b) Conservation Area application to demolish 8 beach huts (nos 99-106) adjacent to Canford Cliffs Chine.

Application No: 08/24380/007/U The applications were registered as long ago as 22/01/08 &13/02/08 respectively. MH will keep the Assn advised of any further developments.

4-6 Compton Avenue (Non material amendment of planning permission 06/12687/005/F to extend basement parking, an additional staircase, two roof lights, convert half gable window to full height) – Application granted on.26/07/10.

8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application. An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at is ‘offers’ in excess of £2m.

60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) –

Confirmation awaited that the Council’s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.

6. ACCOUNTS TO DATE

Chairman’s Note:

I meant to report at the meeting that the total funds as at 31 July amounted to £36,221.47.

7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Parkstone Children’s Centre & Alexandra Park Lodge – JS said that he thought it unreasonablethat this application was listed for determination at next Thursday’s Planning Committee meeting. The yellow site notice is dated 09/08/10 with comments to be lodged by 28/08/10. MH will investigate.

Chairman’s note:

I am now informed that the planning application will be withdrawn from the Planning Committee on 19 August 2010 and is likely to be rescheduled for the meeting on 9 September 2010.

Brian Cox – JS reported that Brian Cox’ death notice appears in today’s Daily Echo. Brian was the former Chairman of the Canford Cliffs Land Society. His Funeral Service is to be held at All Saints’ Church, Branksome Park, Poole on Monday 23rd August at 2pm.

BPCCRA Autumn 2010 magazine – JS asked for material for the magazine by the end of this month.

Policy for financially supporting neighbour objections to Planning Applications NS reminded JS that this matter has yet to resolved. It was agreed that this would be discussed at the Assn’s next meeting.

Information messages from Dorset Police, distributed by Neighbourhood Watch – JS said that he had recently received two messages which he thought would be of interest to members and would

include these in the Minutes.

1. Dorset Police have received a large numbers of calls from members of the public across the County advising them of suspicious telephone calls they have received. The callers have been asking occupants questions about their home security and what type of property they live in. A

large number of them have also been asked for their age and on some occasions they have been asked for bank details and offered alarm systems for sale. The callers appear to be targeting older residents. Please do not give out personal details to

callers over the phone. Do not accept offers of alarm fitting over the phone. If you wish to purchase an alarm, wherever possible seek personal recommendations. Some companies operate high pressure selling tactics so do not be bullied into allowing them to visit you at home.

If you would like security advice please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team.

2. Dorset Police would like to advice you of a scam two Dorset residents have reported to Trading Standards. Letters or calls are received from persons claiming to be calling on behalf of SKY offering satellite system insurance. Residents are asked for banking details and direct debits amounts are then taken monthly from their accounts. The telephone number provided by the caller and the insurance policies do not exist. If you receive a call please check the callers’ identity by asking for verification of the company for whom they work before agreeing to anything over the phone.

Do not give out personal banking details over the phone; if they are legitimate they should already have your details on record.

Please pass this information on to friends and neighbours. Thank you

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Date of next Meeting : Wednesday 8 September 2010 in the Main Hall at Branksome St

Aldhelm’s Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

Branksome Park Minutes July 21st 2010

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 21st JULY 2010 AT 7.30PM IN THE LOUNGE, BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM”S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

  • Terry Stewart President
  • John Sprackling Chairman
  • Wayne Hancock Vice-Chairman
  • Carol Parkin Secretary/Minutes Secretary
  • Stan Alfert Data Protection Officer
  • Keith Alcroft Planning Officer
  • Cllr Mrs May Haines ditto
  • Cllr Neil Sorton ditto
  • Ken Sanson Chairman, Sandbanks Assn

Approx 10 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

JS welcomed MH & NS and all those present.

Apologies: Apologies Parajumpers Jacka Herr received from Bob & Phyllis Young, William Mutlow

Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 09 JUNE 2010

2. MATTERS ARISING

Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…

1.   Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.   Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane (Development of land at York Road to create a 116 bed care home with an associated Day Centre) – Appeal withdrawn on 16/06/10.

3.   Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – No new developments

4.   Quay Thistle Hotel site   – ditto

5.   Old Orchard House. 39-61 High Street – ditto

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements parajumperjackorse – update:

JS reported…

17 Over Links Drive (Application to demolish existing and erect 2 detached houses granted on 31/01/08) – It has been reported that there has been some activity on this site over the last day or two. An earth moving unit is on site and some ground work undertaken. JS has contacted the Planning Enforcement Officer as there are a number of conditions which should have been complied with before this development commenced.

19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – This is still under discussion and actions are underway

138 Canford Cliffs Road NS reported that he had seen a report in the Bournemouth Echo of a successful proceedings brought by the Council against the developers, Poole Property Ltd, about their unauthorised felling of a protected tree at 138 Canford Cliffs Road. The Court fined Poole Property Company £11,000 (the maximum fine for the felling of a single tree is £20,000) Even though NS thinks this is a paltry sum in comparison to the value of the site, he thinks it is substantial enough to send the correct message that Poole Council intend to act in these circumstances.

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – A Breach of Condition Notice against Barrington Homes required work to be completed by 29/06/10.

Bella Rosa, 37 Haven Road (Erection of blue oblique glass screens positioned around the timber decking area located at the front of the property) – The smoked glass screens have been removed..

15A Westminster Road (Erection of railings over 1 metre high partly along the frontage of 15a Westminster Road, being adjacent to a highway. The boundary treatment then changes to a double close boarded fence over 1 metre high which continues along the frontage of Westminster Road,being adjacent to a highway and then turns South-West and continues down the boundary with Dalkeith Road being also adjacent to a highway)– No new developments

2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment) – A new hedgerow will be planted once the work at 4-6 Compton Avenue has been completed.

Community Working Group (CWG), Progress re Sir Michael Pitt”s recommendations & IDeA Report: JS reported that the date of the next CWG meeting had been changed to 28/07/10 and if any member had an issue to raise would he/she liaise with Roy Pointer.

Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: No new developments

Council Tax 2010/11 & Council”s Budget Monitoring report: In the absence of William Mutlow, JS reported that, as part of the £1bn saving announced by the Coalition Government last month, Poole had suffered in-year grant cuts of £2.9m pa. As a result, the Council have introduced a number of austerity measures to make sure it under-spends this year – it will need that leeway because it is unlikely that it will feel the full effect of the permanent cuts with only 6 or 7 months of the year remaining.

At the Southern Poole Chairmens” Liaison Group meeting on 28/06/10, John McBride, Poole”s Chief Executive, told those present that the Leader of the Council, Cllr Brian Leverett, is proposing a meeting with Residents” Associations in September 2010 to discuss next year”s Budget.

TS pointed out that ANY questions can be raised by Residents’ Associations, as long as the question is registered beforehand.

All expenditure over £500 is due be posted on the BoP website but, as JMcB said, this will have to be fine-tuned as individual Adult Social Care costs, for instance, are likely to be covered by the Data Protection Act. J McB also spoke of the idea of “Armchair auditors”- residents with access to the Internet monitoring the Council”s expenditure.. JMcB feels that this will act as a powerful deterrent to wasteful expenditure.

TS said that he is very impressed that JMcB has taken on board the current government’s ‘Big Society’ belief in moving as much power as possible down to local level, thus giving Residents’ Associations the opportunity to make constructive suggestions

Poole Partnership: JS reported that, last Tuesday he had attended a Poole Partnership Local Development Framework meeting in his capacity as Poole Partnership Steering Group representative for Residents” & Tenants” Assns and Community Groups. At this meeting, Nicolas Perrins, Senior Planning Officer, Planning and Regeneration Services gave a presentation by entitled “New direction of travel of Government policy for Planning and implications for Poole”. JS said that he would include the text of the Powerpoint presentation in the Minutes…

Direction of change

Decentralisation and Localism Bill – handing power back to local government and communities (Big Society):

1.   Slim downed National Planning Guidance focus on sustainable development (No definition of Sustainable Development);

2.   Scrapping of Regional Spacial Strategies (RSS);

3.   Planning and Housing decisions to rest locally;

4.   Compulsory consultation on development plans and planning applications;

5.   Recent revision to PPS3 (Planning Policy Statement 3) – re-classification of garden land as Green field – to stop “garden grabbing” (Core Strategy seeks to do this);

6.   New designation to protect green space above that of Public Open Space;

7.   Permissive approach to planning applications once National Framework in place;

8.   Third Party right of appeal;

9.   Abolition of Government Offices and introduction of Local Enterprise Partnership (Economic Development Role) – joint working across sub-regions;

10.   However, LDF (Local Development Framework) work is set to continue within new framework

…The revocation of RSS is not a signal for local Authorities to stop making plans for their area. Local Planning Authorities should continue to develop LDF Core Strategies and other DPDs reflecting peoples aspirations on important issues such as climate change, housing and economic development” (CLG, 6th July 2010)

Issues

  • Major legislative reform to planning system to follow – will take time!
  • Local authorities to ensure housing, commercial and social needs are met but how will this be managed?
  • What will be put in place to ensure proper strategic planning to ensure cross-boundary co-ordination?
  • How will regionally significant infrastructure be co-ordinated?
  • What of s106/CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) and development mitigation?
  • How will authority manage greater public involvement?

Chairman”s note: Wayne Hancock kindly attended the first meeting of the newly formed Poole Partnership Vision Group (which replaces the Poole Partnership Steering Group) in my place and his report is set out below.

Report on the Poole Partnership Vision Group meeting 22 Jul 2010 Civic Centre, Poole

Although Richard Dimbleby had expressed his desire to stand down as chairman, he agreed to chair the meeting and it was hoped that a volunteer would come forward to take his place.

Adrian Dawson was elected Vice Chairman for the meeting and will consider whether to accept the role more permanently.

With the pressure on services due to cuts in government funding, the strategy document 2010 to 2026 will have to be changed and some items removed. Great emphasis was made of working together and sharing resources wherever possible. However, this should not to be at the expense of retaining a ‘Poole’ identity.

This partnership is to run from 2010 to 2026 and it is not yet known what will be the requirements in, say, five years time owing to the recent change in government. At the moment, new policies are appearing quite quickly, i.e. David Cameron’s ‘Big Society,’ where it is envisaged that local authorities and local groups will have their say and even be empowered to run local services which were previously run by the government. It is a turbulent time.

The big three issues are :

1. Deficit reduction

2. Decentralisation

3. Localism – localism – localism

A large number of ‘Target’ driven services are being decentralised and power is being handed down to local communities, i.e. PCTs. The government is removing the barriers and burdens currently standing in the way of local communities carrying out tasks. There is no ‘blueprint’- what works for one area may not work for the one next door. Issues that concern people will not just ‘go away’, but they will now have the means to do something about them. There are NO RULES – what you want you will try to get. It appears to be a ‘power to the people’ move. How will it really work? No-one knows at this stage.

Councils are expecting to supply a smaller number of services and it will be up to the local community to provide those no longer provided, i.e. libraries run by volunteers. Obviously this will have an impact on jobs – are people are saying ‘will I lose my job to a volunteer?’.

Social Enterprise is a new way of arranging to provide a service. For example, a church may set up and run a prison. However, Social Enterprise should not be at the cost of local people losing their jobs to organisations farming out the work to other areas. Concern was expressed at companies like BUPA and Virgin obtaining contracts at the expense of local businesses.

Government policy will drastically change the way things are done and poses the question who is responsible for what? Where will the power go?

Concern was expressed as to whether volunteers could be found to carry out the tasks required and, if so, would they have the knowledge and where-with-all to be able to carry them out satisfactorily? Also,

what happens if the services which are supposed to be provided are not, or are poorly managed?

It was the feeling of the meeting that the role of the vision group (PPVG) would be to set out the ideals; it would then be the responsibility of the management group (PPMG) to make things happen.

It was also felt that the role of the partnership program was to provide a forum for local communities. However, that requires all local community groups to be contacted and made aware of the partnership and how the partnership can assist them with their goals. A question was raised – how does the partnership report back to the local groups, communities and residents?

Finally, three papers were made available :-

1. HM Treasury – The Spending Review – June 2010

2. HM Government – The Coalition: our programme for government

3. Conservatives – Control Shift – Returning power to local people – Responsibility Agenda, Policy Green Paper No 9

Item 2.5 of the HM Treasury document lists 9 criteria for the allocation of resources.

End of Report

Canford Cliffs Village & proposal to plant trees in Haven Road : MH reported that she had attended last Wednesday”s Canford Cliffs & Penn Hill Area committee meeting where it was said that before any decisions, fund-raising etc. it is necessary to determine exactly where services and utilities are, as there is no definitive map of these. In order to do this, an exploratory trench would need to be dug at a cost of approximately £700.

Roy Pointer mentioned that it should be known by law exactly where the utilities are.

MH said that discussions she had had with the traders on Haven Road had come ‘full circle’ as they deem the loss of car parking space is not desirable, and they suggest that trees should be planted in tubs.

KA pointed out that the plan calls for only one parking place to be lost.

SA reported that he had detected opposition to this scheme, at the Area Committee meeting, from people other than the traders on Haven Road.

When asked what kind of trees were intended, KA answered that it wasn’t known yet, that he had been told by Mr. Osborne at the Council that this would be decided when the scheme was definite.

There was some discussion as to whether in the present climate was it correct to be spending money on something not essential. Mike Parkin, a regular user of Haven Road, suggested that in the making of car parking in Haven Road more difficult, there was a negative safety aspect to be considered.

JS suggested that we had a show of hands as to whether to proceed with this scheme or not.

Put the scheme on the “back burner”        5

Proceed with the scheme                        4

Therefore JS asked MH to report back to officers that the Association would not be able to fund this scheme.

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – Officers are meeting with local residents on 26/07/10

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – No new developments.

Bessborough Road – The Canford Cliffs Land Society have arranged the vegetation beside the footpath from Bessborough Road to Haven Road (next to the Electricity sub-station) to be cut back. MH said that, although the Land Society was organising this, the work is actually being done through the Community Pay Back Scheme and therefore the labour costs are nil.

Footpath 82 Spur – At special meeting of Canford Cliffs and Penn Hill Area Committee held on 19/07/10, Members granted the Definitive Modification Order to add this footpath to the Definitive Map.

Almost certainly, the Sandbanks Boatyard & Marina Co Ltd will appeal

Possible Charitable Status for Assn: JS has still to set up a small Sub-Committee to look at this.

Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden) MH reported that the Canford Cliffs Play Area is scheduled for 2001/2012. However, TS reported that Cllr Peter Adams had told him that this will not now be progressed. MH will double check to clarify this situation.

CD was not present to report on the current state of the sunken garden. However, JS said that Simon Legg was keen to set up a meeting.

Use of Assn”s Capital Reserve – No new developments.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

Poole Council”s Business Transformation Programme – The Council”s Business Transformation Programme and Efficiency Review Programme are to be merged. A fully updated report is to be presented at the Council Efficiency and Effectiveness Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 23/09/10.

Funding for Westbourne Medical Centre and the NHS Dental Practice in Westbourne

Jim Wilson believes that the withholding of funds from both the medical & dental practices may have possible serious implications on the ability of those two individual practices being able to continuing carrying on over the medium to long term, even in their present state. This, of course, is going to be subject to whatever occurs when the present governments plans for change come to fruition and whether either of those practices have been able to retain the patients that exist.

JS proposed that a meeting with the non-executive members of the board should be put under way.

Chairman”s Note: Subsequent to the um Ihre Identitat und Ihr Recht auf die Gelder meeting, it has been agreed the the Association should take no further action at the present time and await the further communication next month from Anne Swan, Interim Chief Executive of NHS Bournemouth and Poole, as promised in Angela Schofield, Chairman, Bournemouth and Poole Teaching Primary Care Trust letter dated 12/07/10.

Overhanging Hedge at Kenilworth Court, 3 Western Road. MH reported that after considerable discussions with the residents of of the block he Mr. Hertz(?) the representative of the Managing Agent at Kenilworth Court, managed to secure agreement from the majority to have the hedge removed in the next few weeks with replanting to take place 6 months later. One of the residents however, contacted the council and asked if it would be possible instead to keep the hedge in-situ until the replanting takes place. This was deemed to be a reasonable request and this is where MH left it for now – that the replanting MUST be carried out before Christmas.

MH will put it on record that this is the case, so that if it is not done, the council themselves can take action.

3. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Keith Alcroft reported

Former Cafe building, Compton Acres (Change of use of former cafe building A3 to playschool D1) – Temporary permission granted for two years from 28/06/10.

Chairman”s note: £41,258 capital funding from the “Early Years Quality & Access Capital Grant (2008-2011) is to be allocated to the Wise Owl Pre-school at Compton Acres following termination of the rental agreement for their current premises but applications must show the applicant’s sustainability and commitment to delivering a service for at least three years and this will be reflected in the funding agreement with the Local Authority.

6A Dalkeith Road (Demolish existing property and build new contemporary dwelling) – Application registered on 10/05/10 and letter of objection lodged on behalf of Assn on 25/05/10. Application withdrawn on 05/07/10.

Other current planning issues

Land at 5 Brackenhill (Sever land and erect a three bed detached single storey dwelling, with attached single garage at lower level) – Application registered 01/06/10. Local concerns.

4 Lawrence Drive (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 block of 8 apartments with assoc parking) – Application refused on 05/03/10 is now the subject of an appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2128771) The final date for statements & representations was 01/07/10

11 Leicester Road (a) Outline application to erect a 59 bedroom care home (class C2) with associated parking (15 spaces), bin & cycle store (revised scheme) (APP/Q1255/A/09/2118175) & (b) Conservation Area application to demolish existing dwelling & associated buildings (revised scheme) (APP/Q1255/E/09/2118176) – Appeals dismissed by Planning Inspector on 17/06/10.

The Cottage, Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue

(a) Demolish existing and erect a block of 5 apartments and associated garages) – Application was refused by Planning Committee on 25/03/10 but subject to “Written representations” appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2126736) Final date for statements & representations was 02/06/10.

(b) Erect a detached house on land adjacent to The Cottage and erect detached garage to The Cottage.

– Application registered on 01/06/10.

5 Highmoor Road (Demolish existing building and erect 1 block of 9 apartments with basement parking, bin & cycle stores) – Application granted, subject to Unilateral Undertaking at Planning Committee meeting on 08/07/10.

2 Tower Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect 3no. detached houses with integral garages) – Application refused on 05/05/10.

11 Westminster Road (Demolition of the existing building and construction of three detached houses with associated parking and access. (revised scheme – Application refused on 17/05/10 is now the subject of a appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2129589) statements & representations is 20/07/10

24 Ravine Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect replacement dwelling with integral garaging. (Revised scheme) Amended plans received 08/12/09 and 25/01/10) – Application refused under delegated authority on 29/01/10 is now the subject of appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2122302) to be determined by Written Representations. The date for final comments was 06/05/10.

2 Crawshaw Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect x 2 detached dwellings with on site parking. (Revised Scheme) – Application registered 25/05/10. Amended plans lodged on 14/07/10.

Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme) – Application refused by Planning Committee on 10/12/09 is subject of a “Written Representations” appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2120940) The date for final comments was 31/03/10.

6 Durrant Road

(a) Demolish existing dwelling and erect x2 detached dwellings. (Revised Scheme) As amended by plans received 01/10/09) – Application refused under delegated authority on 11/12/09, now the subject of Written Representations appeals (APP/Q1255/A/10/2121180). The date for final comments was 31/03/10.

(b) Demolish existing dwelling and erect 2 No semi-detached dwellings with attached garages (Revised Scheme)– Application refused by Planning Committee on 08/07/10.

Canford Cliffs, Promenade 2 (a) Construction of 18 new beach huts – Application No: 08/24380/005/F & (b) Conservation Area application to demolish 8 beach huts (nos 99-106) adjacent to Canford Cliffs Chine. Application No: 08/24380/007/U The applications were registered as long ago as 22/01/08 &13/02/08 respectively. MH will keep the Assn advised of any further developments.

4-6 Compton Avenue (Non material amendment of planning permission 06/12687/005/F to extend

basement parking, an additional staircase, two roof lights, convert half gable window to full height) – Amended plans lodged on 13/05/10..

8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application. An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at is “offers” in excess of £2m.

60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) – Confirmation awaited that the Council”s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.

4.     REPORT RE SOUTHERN POOLE CHAIRMENS” LIAISON GROUP MEETING (28/06/10

Chairman”s Note: I omitted to cover this item in my efforts to conclude the business of the meeting quickly. The Guest Speaker was Poole”s Chief Executive, John McBride, and much of what JMcB had to say and other topics discussed have been reported elsewhere in the Minutes.

5.      REPORT RE CANFORD CLIFFS & PENN HILL AREA COMMITTEE MEETING (14/07/10)

Chairman”s Note: Again, I omitted to cover this item in my efforts to conclude the business of the meeting quickly.

The subject of the new cycle lanes in Penn Hill Ave was discussed at length, particularly as there is no room for cycle lanes at Woodside/Kingsbridge Roads end of Penn Hill Ave. Cllr Parker proposed a review of the scheme after it”s been operation for a while.

The mini-roundabout at the junction of Kingsbridge/Highbridge Road was also the subject of some concern, as pantechnicons using this route, which the Council, in its infinite wisdom, has designated as a Prime Transport Corridor between Poole & Bournemouth find it difficult to negotiate this roundabout.

One pantechnicon recently driving over the roundabout has caused the surface to break up.

One Penn Hill Ave resident, present at the meeting, suggested a one-way system using Balmoral Road, Sandecotes Road and Kingsbridge Road.

6.         ACCOUNTS TO DATE

JS reported that the total funds as at 30th June amounted to £36,023

7.          ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Alexandra Park Lodge – The Council are planning to demolish this property and replace it with a single storey Childrens” Centre at a cost of £280,000. It is intended to submit an application with the intention of it being considered by Planning Committee on 19th August in order for the works to be completed in sufficient time for service delivery from March 2011.

The Children’s Centre will serve families living in the Parkstone, Penn Hill, and Canford Cliffs area.

There is to be two consultation events, both to be held at Alexandra Bowls Club at 10.00am 29th July and 6pm on 11th August. Flyers and information for local residents and parents will be delivered by the end of this week. There is a feeling that it is not just residents who back onto the park who need to be consulted but other groups that use the park on a daily basis. It is also felt that two short notice meetings at the Bowls Club notified by a flyer to residents at the end of this week does not constitute a proper consultation. It is suggested that this on a par with the letter the Council sent regarding the Playbuilder scheme which, again, was only posted to residents who actually backed onto

Bournemouth and Poole’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme -TS said that there was some confusion over the BSF programme i.e.is Ashdown College still to be funded? MH reported that this case still has to be put forward, and the outcome is still uncertain.

Parkstone, Penn Hill & Canford Cliffs Safer Neighbourhood Team meeting & Canford Cliffs Christmas lights – MH reported two dates for the future.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team will meet on Wednesday July 28th 7.00pm at the Conference Room, Civic Centre, Poole and looking ahead, the Canford Cliffs Christmas lights will be switched on on Haven Road on November 12th.

Parking in Ravine Road – Mike Parkin asked if MH had had her chat with the Mazda Car showroom on Haven Road re their use of the car parking spaces on Ravine Road. MH said that this still has to be done.

24 Ravine Road – Mike Parkin gave an up-to-date report on the planning application, currently, under Appeal for 24 Ravine Road. A site visit by the Inspectorate scheduled for July 28 has now been postponed. The house on this site has now been demolished.

Roland Cunnell said that he had “phoned the Planning Inspectorate to enquire about the site visit by the Inspector to land adjacent to 1 Over Links Drive and had been told that tis had not yet been arranged..

The meeting closed at 8.10pm and was concluded with a “glass” and “nibbles.

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 11th August 2010 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm”s Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

Branksome Park Minutes 9th June 2010

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING

HELD ON WEDNESDAY 09th JUNE 2010 AT 7.30PM

IN THE LOUNGE, BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM’S PARISH CENTRE
PRESENT:

  • Terry Stewart President John Sprackling Chairman
  • Wayne Hancock Vice-Chairman
  • Keith Alcroft Planning Officer
  • Bob Young Magazine Advertising
  • Carol Parkin Minutes Secretary
  • Cllr Mrs Carole Deas
  • Cllr Mrs May Haines
  • Cllr Neil Sorton
  • Ken Sanson Chairman, Sandbanks Assn
  • Approx 10 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

JS welcomed CD, MH, NS & KS and all those present.

Apologies: Apologies received from Stan Alfert, Roy Pointer & Chris Stracey

Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 14 April 2010.

2. MATTERS ARISING

Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…
1.    Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.    Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane (Development of land at York Road to create a 116 bed care home with an associated Day Centre) – Application refused on 29/03/10 now subject to a three day Planning Inquiry (APP/Q1255/A/10/2126019) commencing on 05/10/10.

3.    Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – No new developments

4.    Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

5.    Old Orchard House.

39-61 High Street – ditto

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:
JS reported…
Bella Rosa, 37 Haven Road (Erection of blue oblique glass screens positioned around the timber decking area located at the front of the property) – The smoked glass screens have now been replaced by clear glass.

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – A Breach of Condition Notice against Barrington Homes requires work to be completed by 29/06/10.

19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – A tree replacement notice was served and the Local Planning Authority (LPA) have looked into taking legal action for failing to comply with it. However, it turns out that it is not a criminal offence to fail to comply with a Tree Replacement Notice but a civil matter. There is, at the moment, financial resource issues across the public sector and the unit does not have the resource to pursue this civil matter.
JS reminded members that, at the beginning of the Budget round last September, he wrote to the Leader of the Council, Cllr Dr Brian Leverett, stating that the Assn and other Residents’ Assns regarded it as an unacceptable step to reduce the number of officers performing non-statutory duties such as Tree
Protection, Planning Enforcement and Economic Development. As a result, the budget for the Planning & Regeneration Service Unit was treated as a special case.
It was, unanimously, agreed the Assn should write to the Head of Planning & Regeneration, again, saying that it was the residents’ wish to see the Council actively pursue the tree replacement at 19 Mornish Road to protect Poole’s environment.

15A Westminster Road (Erection of railings over 1 metre high partly along the frontage of 15a Westminster Road, being adjacent to a highway. The boundary treatment then changes to a double close boarded fence over 1 metre high which continues along the frontage of Westminster Road,being adjacent to a highway and then turns South-West and continues down the boundary with Dalkeith Road being also adjacent to a highway)– No new developments

2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment) – A new hedgerow will be planted once all the work at 4-6 Compton Avenue has been completed.

Compton Acres – There is a small area of offices occupied by a company not associated with the gardens, However, due to the poor wording of planning consent 02/02998/039/F, permission for offices not necessarily ancillary to Compton Acres has been granted. This wording affectively undermines any enforcement action but as the offices let out are only a couple of rooms and, even if the permission was properly worded, it may well not of been expedient for the LPA to take action over such a small change of use.

Community Working Group (CWG), Progress re Sir Michael Pitt’s recommendations & IDeA Report: JS reported that Roy Pointer had attended the Community Working Group meeting on 05/05/10 and said that the Minutes of the meeting would be circulated with the Minutes of tonight’s meeting.
TS has asked for a copy of the draft Community Engagement Forum mentioned in the CWG minutes but has not yet received this. JS said that he would follow this up.
The next Community Working Group meeting is fixed for 21/07/10, 2-4:30pm in the Study, Upton House

Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: No new developments

Council Tax 2010/11 & Council’s Budget Monitoring report: In the absence of William Mutlow, JS reported on the Council Budget Monitoring Report (01/04/09 – 31/03/10) presented    WM at last night’s Cabinet meeting, which shows a provisional surplus of £3,433m which will be allocated to 2010/11 unearmarked reserves. NS confirmed that this was largely as a result of ‘one offs’ such as the Planning Reward Grant and cannot be relied on for next year. Another windfall was a refund from HMRC of non-domestic rates on Council property.

Poole Partnership: JS reported that, this afternoon, he had attended the Stronger Communities Partnership Meeting. Topics under discussion included…
•    New coalition government ‘Big Society’ policy and implications for the stronger communities agenda
•    The Stronger Communities section of Poole’s Sustainable Community Strategy 2010 – 2026
•    Draft Community Cohesion Strategy
TS pointed out that Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has issued a letter saying that future housing decisions should be devolved down to the relevant council, and he assumes that in future Poole Council will have control of major development sites, and asked JS if there was any comment on that at the meeting. JS replied that there had not been.
CD said that the Conservatives’ Green Paper on Planning was being issued as a White Paper and JS hoped that some of the proposals contained in this would, eventually, be implemented.
Martin Heath commented that it was important that Poole Council had robust policies, such as H4, in its Core Strategy and JS said that public consultation on the subject of ‘saved’ policies was due to take place soon. JS said he would let MH know when the consultation begins. He is already in touch with the appropriate officer about other ‘saved’ policies, namely, BE23 & H10.

Chairman’s note: It is anticipated that public consultation on the Issues & Options/Preferred Approach for proposed Development Management policies will commence on the 2nd August and close on the 1st October.

Canford Cliffs Village & proposal to plant trees in Haven Road: MH reported on progress regarding planting trees on Haven Road, in Canford Cliffs. MH handed out some plans for the planting. These showed four new trees. The two reasons for this are a) that they serve as a traffic calming measure and b) to make the shopping parade a more attractive area.    The arboriculturist says that there would have to be the loss of two car parking spaces in order to make room for the planting of the trees. At a Traders’ meeting yesterday, MH spoke about the scheme but, unfortunately, there is rather a lot of opposition to this from the traders.    May pointed out that the Council have no funding available to pay for this scheme and she will check the actual cost per tree at the meeting next week. Canford Cliffs Land Society will also not be contributing to this scheme.
MH asked the plan could be circulated with the minutes so that residents could feedback their comments and suggestions, before she has the next meeting next Thursday.
There was a lot of discussion from the floor about the proposed scheme – proximity of the bus stop, double parking, parking on double yellow lines etc.
JS wound up this discussion by thanking MH and Keith Alcroft for all the work they have done on

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No new developments.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – ditto

Bessborough Road – ditto

Possible Charitable Status for Assn: JS has still to set up a small Sub-Committee to look at this.

Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden) MH reported that she is still pursuing the Canford Cliffs Play Area. CD gave an update on the Pinecliff sunken garden. This is still going ahead, albeit slowly, and the Council seem to be very pleased that there is local interest in this. CD hopes to hear more this week.

Use of Assn’s Capital Reserve – No new developments but the Notice Board at the Canford Cliffs Library is being well used and is much appreciated by the library staff.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

Poole Council’s Business Transformation Programme – No new developments.

BPCCRA Spring 2010 Magazine: JS said that he would like to thank John Gunton for the distribution of the Magazine. Approaches have already been received for advertisements in our Autumn 2010 edition.

Funding for Westbourne Medical Centre and the NHS Dental Practice in Westbourne – Chairman’s note: I omitted to refer to this at our meeting. Members will recall that Jim Wilson raised this at the Assn’s AGM. JW wrote to me on 30/05/10… “…Westbourne Medical partners are meeting with the CEO of the PCT on Tuesday and it is possible that may wish to come back to me. In the meantime, perhaps the (BPCCRA) can give some thought as to who amongst its membership would like to associate themselves by representing the Association on a small oversight committee of say a maximum of one or two persons.”

3. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Keith Alcroft reported

6A Dalkeith Road (Demolish existing property and build new contemporary dwelling) – Application registered on 10/05/10 and letter of objection lodged on behalf of Assn on 25/05/10.

Land at 5 Brackenhill (Sever land and erect a three bed detached single storey dwelling, with attached single garage at lower level) – Application registered 01/06/10. KA will look at this one.

4 Lawrence Drive (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 block of 8 apartments with assoc parking) – Application refused on 05/03/10 is now the subject of an appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2128771) The final date for statements & representations is 01/07/10

Other current planning issues

Former Cafe building, Compton Acres (Change of use of former cafe building A3 to playschool D1) – Application registered on 06/04/10. Likely to be approved subject to a condition which would limit the use of the gate to outside of the playschool operation hours. The owners of Compton Acres still wish to use the gate for occasional service access which prevents its permanent closure. Any condition imposed would also restrict further accesses being created through the East (Canford Cliffs Road) & North (private road) boundaries as the above condition would not restrict this

11 Leicester Road (a) Outline application to erect a 59 bedroom care home (class C2) with associated parking (15 spaces), bin & cycle store (revised scheme) (APP/Q1255/A/09/2118175) & (b) Conservation Area application to demolish existing dwelling & associated buildings (revised scheme) (APP/Q1255/E/09/2118176) – Awaiting Planning Inspector’s Decision letter.

The Cottage, Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue
(a) Demolish existing and erect a block of 5 apartments and associated garages) – Application was refused by Planning Committee on 25/03/10 but subject to ‘Written representations’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2126736) Final date for statements & representations was 02/06/10.
(b) Erect a detached house on land adjacent to The Cottage and erect detached garage to The Cottage.
– Application registered on 01/06/10.

5 Highmoor Road (Demolish existing building and erect 1 block of 9 apartments with basement parking, bin & cycle stores) – Application was due be determined at Planning Committee meeting on 15/04/10 but this was deferred.

2 Tower Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect 3no. detached houses with integral garages) – Application refused on 05/05/10.

11 Westminster Road (Demolition of the existing building and construction of three detached houses with associated parking and access. (revised scheme – Application refused on 17/05/10 is now the subject of a appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2129589) The final date for statements & representations is 20/07/10

7 Lakeside Road (Erect a three storey block of six x two bed flats and one three bed duplex with basement parking. (Revised scheme) – Application refused on 19/05/10.

24 Ravine Road
(a) (Demolish existing dwelling and erect replacement dwelling with integral garaging. (Revised scheme) Amended plans received 08/12/09 and 25/01/10) – Application refused under delegated authority on 29/01/10 is now the subject of appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2122302) to be determined by Written Representations. The final date for Statements & representations was 29/03/10.
(b) (Erection of replacement dwelling (revised application) – Application granted by Planning Committee at meeting on 03/06/10.
Other current planning issues

2 Crawshaw Road
(a) Demolish existing dwelling and erect two 3-bed detached houses with associated parking)
– Application withdrawn on 13/04/10.
(b) Demolish existing dwelling and erect x 2 detached dwellings with on site parking. (Revised Scheme) – Application registered 25/05/10. Local concerns.

Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme) – Application refused by Planning Committee on 10/12/09 is subject of a ‘Written Representations’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2120940) The final date for statements & representations was 10/03/10.

6 Durrant Road Demolish existing dwelling and erect x2 detached dwellings. (Revised Scheme) As amended by plans received 01/10/09) – Application refused under delegated authority on 11/12/09, now the subject of Written Representations appeals (APP/Q1255/A/10/2121180). The final date for Statements & representations was 10/03/10.

Canford Cliffs, Promenade 2 (a) Construction of 18 new beach huts – Application No: 08/24380/005/F & (b) Conservation Area application to demolish 8 beach huts (nos 99-106) adjacent to Canford Cliffs Chine. Application No: 08/24380/007/U The applications were registered as long ago as 22/01/08 &13/02/08 respectively. MH will keep the Assn advised of any further developments.

4-6 Compton Avenue (Non material amendment of planning permission 06/12687/005/F to extend basement parking, an additional staircase, two roof lights, convert half gable window to full height) – Amended plans lodged on 13/05/10..

8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application.    An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at is ‘offers’ in excess of £2m.

60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) – Confirmation awaited that the Council’s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.

4.    ACCOUNTS TO DATE – JS reported that the total funds as at 31st May amounted to £35,726.

5.    ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Vice- Chairman – JS reported that, following his plea for a Vice-Chairman at the Assn’s AGM, Wayne Hancock had volunteered to take on this role. JS thanked WH for agreeing to be Vice- Chairman and his appointment was, unanimously, approved with a show of hands.

Overhanging Hedge at Kenilworth Court, 3 Western Road – MH reported that the hedge encroaches onto the pavement, which is not wide to start with, leaving no room for two people to pass easily. She has arranged a meeting between herself, a Highways Enforcement Officer and a representative of Kennilworth Court. Where the hedge has already been cut back it looks rather unsightly, as Leylandii does not regenerate. Mike Parkin pointed out that these dead parts are quite dangerous as they are at eye level. JS expressed the hope that the Management Committee of Kenilworth Court might be willing to replace the existing hedge with another hedge.

Date of next meeting – This would normally be held on Wednesday 14th July 2010 but this clashes with next Canford Cliffs & Penn Hill Area Committee meeting. It was agreed to change the date of the Assn’s meeting to 21/07/10. This meeting will be concluded by ‘Wine & nibbles’ to enable members to meet socially.

Lilliput Medical Centre (LMC) – The Elms Estate Assn (EEA) would welcome members’ support for the Council’s proposal to make a modest extension to the existing yellow lines at the junction of Elms Avenue/Sandbanks Road; also, to impose No Waiting and No Loading [at any time] restrictions.
Details of the proposals have been posted close to the Lilliput Medical Centre and published in the Advertiser [03/06/2010]. Full details can be obtained from Transportation Services [Steve Dean]
Any objections against or support for the proposal must be submitted by 01/07/2010
EEA fully supports the proposal which is designed to [1] avoid congestion at the junction of a very busy main road [2] prevent tail back from the entrance to the LMC car park [3] improve sight lines at the entrance to the car park.
It is anticipated that the proposal, in conjunction with constructive and ongoing discussions between EEA, the LMC landlord and occupiers regarding better layout and management of the car park, and designed to create more tuning space, will encourage more visitors to use the carpark instead of Elms Avenue. It is often the case that parking spaces remain unused because visitors experience problems at the entrance/exit and/or moving around the car park.

branksomepark,com website – The webmaster. Tom Thurston, posted his first ever ‘news’ item on 26/05/10 about the alleged arson attack at 11 Leicester Road the site. JS said that Tom would like other similar news items + photos to post on the website.

The meeting closed at 8.15pm

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 21st    July 2010 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm’s    All Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

Chairman’s Note: Members may be interested in the following letter which I’ve just received.

Legal & Democratic Services
Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, Dorset BH15 2RU

Operator: (01202) 633633 Fax: (01202) 633706

DX No. 123820 POOLE 7 boroughofpoole.com

Direct Dial: (01202) 633036

Please ask for: Steve Cattle E-mail: s.cattle@poole.gov.uk Your Ref: Our Ref: SC/jab Date: 7 June 2010

Mr J Sprackling 23 Lindsay Road Branksome Park Poole BH13 6AN

Dear Sir/Madam

FOOTPATH NO.82 – DEFINITIVE MAP MODIFICATION ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE CANFORD CLIFFS AND PENN HILL AREA COMMITTEE ON 19 JULY 2010
I write to advise you that a special Meeting of the Canford Cliffs and Penn Hill Area Committee will be held
on Monday, 19 July 2010 at 10am in the Conference Room, Civic Centre, Poole to consider the making of a
Definitive Map Modification Order in respect of Footpath 82 (Spur) between Sandbanks Marina Yacht Boatyard and No.48 Panorama Road, Poole. The Constitution requires that Area Committees shall have responsibility to deal with various functions relating to public rights of way, including the power to make a Definitive Map Modification Order. This Meeting will be open to the public and an Agenda and Report will be available in due course. –
It is anticipated that a number of people would wish to make representations at the Meeting and, therefore, it has been necessary to devise guidance on who will be able to speak and for how long. Therefore, the following will apply for this Meeting: • Those persons wishing to speak at the Meeting must register with the Assistant Democratic Services Manager, either by telephone (01202 633026) or by e-mall: s.cattle@poole.gov.uk no later than 24 hours before the commencement of the Meeting on 19 July 2010
• Speakers will be decided on a first come basis • Up to a maximum of 4 people can speak for each side and speakers will be given no more than 5 minutes each, (up to a maximum of 20 minutes for each side) • At the end of the debate, speakers who have registered will be allocated a further one minute to sum up.
If you require clarification on any of the information contained in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me. As mentioned above, the Agenda and associated report will be available on the Council’s Website from Friday, 9 July 2010, or you may obtain a copy direct from me.
Yours sincerely

Steve Cattle

Assistant Democratic Services Manager

T.M. Martin LL.B Solicitor

Head of Legal & Democratic Services

BPCCRA Minutes May 15th 2010

MINUTES OF THE FIFTIETH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE BRANKSOME PARK, CANFORD CLIFFS AND DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION, HELD AT 10.30am

ON SATURDAY, 15th MAY 2010 IN THE MAIN HALL

AT BRANKSOME ST ALDHELM’S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

  • Mr Terry Stewart President
  • Mr John Sprackling Chairman
  • Mr Paul Fearnley Hon Treasurer
  • Mr Keith Alcroft Planning Officer
  • Mr John Gunton Magazine Editor
  • Mr Stan Alfert Data Protection Officer
  • Mrs. Carol Parkin Secretary
  • Robert Syms MP
  • Cllr Mrs May Haines
  • Cllr Neil Sorton

And approx 50 Members/Wardens of the Association

1. WELCOME

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming along. In particular, he welcomed the guests mentioned above and the Guest Speaker, Warren Lever, Poole Council’s Environment and Design

2. APOLOGIES

Apologies were received from Cllr Mrs Carole Deas (Flight delayed), Michael Bond, Jamie Pride, Richard Dimbleby. Late apologies from Mrs I Ricketts.

3. AGM 2008 MINUTES:  Accuracy & Matters Arising

The Chairman reminded members that the Minutes of the AGM held on 2nd May 2009 had been included in the Autumn 2009 magazine.  The Chairman said that he had not been contacted about their accuracy and asked for a show of hands to approve the Minutes as no queries had arisen.  This was given and the Minutes were approved.

4. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

The Chairman proposed to limit his report to the up-dating of items included in the Spring 2019 magazine as follows:

Canford Cliffs Village & Canford Cliffs Play Area

Proposal to plant trees in Haven Road: There has now been some movement on this.  Cllr Mrs May Haines and Keith Alcroft, the Association’s Planning Officer, attended a discussion on the options at the Council Offices.   The Council needs to have further discussions with Transportation Services, as it transpires that there will be a need to remove two or three of the car parking spaces on the North side of Haven Road to accommodate the trees.  The Assn is aware that this idea may not find favour with either the traders on Haven Road or the residents.

Canford Cliffs Play Area: At the last Canford Cliffs and Penn Hill Area Committee, it was agreed that the Planning Obligation Working Group together with Leisure Services reconsider the installation of the CC play area for the current municipal year as funding is already in place.

Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development, former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn, Old Orchard House, Quay Thistle Hotel & former Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane

Former Poole Pottery Site, Land at junction of Sopers Lane & York Road (Development of land at York Road to create a 116 bed care home with an associated Day Centre) – this application was  refused by the  Planning Committee meeting at their meeting on 25/03/10 and this is now subject to an appeal to be determined at a Planning Inquiry to be held in August or October 2010.  This key brownfield site has been designated for use as a Science Park.

Quay Thistle Hotel – The controversial application to demolish the existing hotel and erect a 149 bed hotel with 10 flats above; 133 flats in four blocks and a terrace of 11 houses was withdrawn, at the invitation of the Local Planning Authority, earlier this month.

Poole Borough Council – Committee Dates – At last Tuesday’s Full Council meeting, the current administration voted to change the start time of all Planning Committee meetings to 2.00pm. The new Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee is Cllr Mrs Judy Butt.  Cllr Mrs Janet Walton has had to stand down from this Committee as she has been appointed Portfolio Holder for Children & Young Peoples’ Services to replace Cllr Tony Woodcock.

Use of Assn’s Capital Reserve – The Assn has funded the new noticeboard at the Canford Cliffs Library: It has also offered financial assistance for the extension of Canford Cliffs Library and plants at the Sunken Garden at Pinecliff Gardens.  It may offer financial assistance with the plant of trees in Haven Road.

Vice Chairman – the Chairman advised that the Association is still looking for a Vice Chairman and JS thanked the President, Terry Stewart, for covering this role and for his support during the year

5.            TREASURER’S REPORT AND APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR

The Chairman advised there was nothing further to add to the Income and Expenditure Account included in the Spring 2010 magazine.

6.     APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR:

Peter Schofield had audited the Accounts and has agreed to continue for a further year.  JS asked for approval by the meeting and this was given by a show of hands.

7.            ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

Terry Stewart said how everybody must be immensely impressed, as to the thoroughness of John Sprackling as the Chairman of the Association, and even though there was some concern for John’s health in the future, he would like to propose that John continue as the Chairman, and asked for a seconder.  It was seconded by John Gunton and carried unanimously.

JS thanked everyone for their support and said that how much he enjoyed being the Chairman.  He went on to say that John Defty had had to resign from the Treasurer’s position to care for his wife

  1. 8. ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE

JS proposed that the following members be elected as the executive committee for the coming year. A show of hands carried the motion.

President Terry Stewart

Chairman John Sprackling

Vice Chairman Vacant

Treasurer Paul Fearnley

Membership Secretary Michael Bond

Planning Officer Keith Alcroft

Secretary/Minute Secretary Carol Parkin

Data Protection Officer Stan Alfert

Magazine Editor John Gunton

Magazine Advertising Bob Young

Funding for Westbourne Medical Centre and the NHS Dental Practice in Westbourne – Whilst our Guest Speaker setting up for his presentation, the Chairman invited Jim Wilson, a member of the Association, to speak about NHS financial support for two of its services in the area covered by the Association.

JW opened by telling the meeting that he was formerly Chairman of the Poole Primary Care Trust. Over the last few months, he has become increasingly concerned about the amount of money that is likely to be cut from NHS services in this area.  Despite what each of the political parties are saying major cuts are well underway.  Two examples of this locally are:

  1. The refusal by Bournemouth & Poole NHS Primary Care Trust to honour some of the Running Costs (excluding Capital costs) of the previously agreed extension to the Westbourne Medical Centre. The extension is to provide better medical services for residents in our area which are much needed and will be more so when the cuts start having some effect on our two local hospitals.
  1. Turning to the NHS Dental Practice in Westbourne, the PCT agrees that the practice does not receive the full cost tariff which is given to other dental practices in the nearby area. The Dental Practice has taken on nearly 1 million pounds of their own liability on premises to improve dental facilities and was previously given the indication that they would receive funding to support the dental practice.  However, doubt has now been expressed that this will be so.

JW believes it is in the Association’s interest to take an active interest in the Primary Care Trust’s decisions, and called for somebody in the Association to take on this responsibility.

The Chairman said that it would be put down on the Agenda for the Association’s next monthly meeting.

7.    PRESENTATION BY WARREN LEVER, POOLE COUNCIL’S ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN TEAM   MANAGER.

JS welcomed the Guest Speaker

NB Awaiting for Warren’s transcript for inclusion

Mr. Lever then took questions from the floor.

Dennis Riley opened by pointing out the awfulness of the area around Poole Bus Station.  Mr. Riley also pointed out that the density of Canford Cliffs was not being maintained; demolishing one house and building three or four in its place, or a block of flats for instance.

He also said that there was a trend to build blocks of flats higher than the three stories originally agreed.

Mr. Lever answered by saying that first of all the LPA recognises the shortfalls of the bus station area and is currently working hard to make changes.

In order to comply with the last Government’s building programme, tall blocks of flats need to be built, and all that the LPA can do is to try to ensure that they are the right design and in the right place.

JS asked Mr. Lever if he could comment on the sub division of plots in Canford Cliffs.

Mr. Lever replied that this is something for the LPA to look at.

Terry Stewart commented that he was glad that Mr. Lever admits that Poole does not have a vision for the future.

He pointed out that even though Poole Quay was a Conservation Area, the LPA have more or less  accepted a terrible design for the rebuilding of the Thistle Hotel site and asks when are we going  to get really good control of the design of our most historic sites within the borough.

Mr. Lever pointed out that approval had not been given by the LPA  to the design to rebuild the Thistle Hotel, but there is a Planning Performance Agreement, which is a different thing, and is essentially a project execution plan for an application not approval of the application as such.

Barry Weir asked Mr. Lever to confirm that the restraints on design do not apply outside of the Conservation Areas.

Mr. Lever confirmed that the restraints do not apply to demolition, although PPS 1 is overarching.

Roy Pointer asked Mr. Lever how the LPA deals with the situation where in previous years they have made a ‘mistake’ and allowed an unsuitable building to be built in a conservation area and an application is made for a similar design, quoting the previous one as a precedent.

Mr. Lever replied that this could be difficult; however, if the prevailing character of the street is red brick for instance, an application going against this should be fairly easy to defend.

John Gunton asked about the Third Party Appeal procedure, and Mr. Lever replied that he was probably not the right person to talk about this.

The Chairman then thanked Mr. Lever for his presentation.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

The Chairman welcomed Mr. Robert Syms (MP) who then gave a short talk.

Mr. Syms opened by explaining the arithmetic of Parliament following the election i.e. how the parliamentary seat numbers added up and led to the present situation of a Conservative/Lib.Dem Coalition.  David Cameron had to put aside Party interests in favour of national interest. The arrangement will require give and take between the two parties and Mr. Simms wishes both David Cameron and Nick Clegg well in doing the best for our country.

Mr. Syms then went on to tell the meeting about a Conservative Green Paper for Planning which addresses many of the concerns of people at the meeting, and that he expects a White Paper will be produced soon, setting out changes to the Planning system. For example, it is anticipated the White Paper will give more power to Local Authorities, and increased fines may be introduced that reflect property values to prevent developers riding roughshod over the system. He hopes that the changes will benefit Poole.

He finished off by saying that there has been a detrimental effect on suburban areas, not only in Poole, by classifying them as brownfield sites leading to a lot of inappropriate development, and he is sure that the new government will do its best to protect our environment and inheritance.

  1. 9. REFRESHMENTS

There being no further questions, the Chairman closed the meeting at 12.15am and invited members to stay for refreshments.