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 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 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 March 10th 2010

MINUTES OF THE BRANKSOME, CANFORD CLIFFS & DISTRICT

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 10th MARCH 2010 AT 7.30PM IN THE LOUNGE, BRANKSOME ST. ALDHELM”S PARISH CENTRE

PRESENT:

  • John Sprackling  Chairman
  • Keith Alcroft            Planning Officer
  • John Defty          Treasurer
  • Stan Alfert              Data Protection Officer
  • Bob Young          Magazine Advertising
  • Val Short             Minutes Secretary
  • Cllr Carole Deas             Ward Councillor
  • Cllr Neil Sorton                         ditto
  • Ken Sanson          Chairman, Sandbanks Assn
  • 20 Members/Wardens

1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

JS welcomed CD & NS and all those present.

Apologies: Apologies received from Terry Stewart (Holiday), Cllr Mrs May Haines, Roy Pointer & William Mutlow who are attending the Annual Community Groups meeting, Roland Cunnell & Ray Wylde. Late apologies from John Fox.

Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 10 February 2010.

2. MATTERS ARISING

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

  1. 1. Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) developmentNo new developments
  2. 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 – Coltham (Orchard) Ltd was due to make a Employment contribution under the S106 agreement of £104,910.35 on 01/01/10 but this has not yet been received.

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 – Enforcement Appeal APP/Q1255/C/09/2112004) The Inspector dismissed both appeals on 05/03/10, upheld the enforcement notice served and varied the period of compliance from “14 days” to “two months”. This restaurant is currently being offered for sale for £100.000.

75 Canford Cliffs Road (Alterations to existing entrance to form new vehicular access with gates) No new developments

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Front boundary treatment and gates does not comply with Branksome Park Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan)ditto

        19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) 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

              Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: No new developments

              Council Tax 2010/11 & Council”s Budget Monitoring report: NS reported that the current forecast underspend is £1.3m/£1.4m on a turnover of £100m, after of deduction of a “windfall” Housing & Planning Delivery Grant of £1.1m.

              Poole Partnership: JS reported that he had attended the Stronger Communities Partnership meeting on  03/03/10.  The principle item on the Agenda was the update of the Sustainable Community Strategy, following on from the State of the Area Debate.

              Canford Cliffs Village & proposal to plant trees in Haven Road: KA reported that Cllr May Haines is trying to arrange a meeting, but this is unlikely to happen before Easter.

              Public Rights of Way:

              Westminster Road end of Dalkeith RoadThe Authority has made the decision to improve the lower section of the path as the unmade section meets the tarmac. The works will be carried out on 20/03/10. At this time the stones that have been erected will be moved to the side but left on site for collection by the owner, the kerb stone and ditches will be removed to create a 2.5m wide section of ramped footpath suitable for pedestrian use and DDA compliant (Disability Discrimination Act).

              The works will photographed and catalogued and should in the future these works be damaged, the stones re-erected or any other obstruction placed on this or any other section the Authority will recover their reasonable costs from the person/s responsible

              Buccleuch Road to Lakeside RoadSA said he is “chasing”  This has been ongoing for 3 years; last year SA was informed “ “they” thought it was a highway and that someone vaguely remembered driving down it in the past”  Local residents want it to be registered as a footpath or byway.  SA will continue to remind the council every year.

              NS commented that there is only one Rights of Way officer, so action does not happen swiftly!

              Bessborough Road – No new developments.

              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 the plants that five different plant species been selected for the two beds in the sunken garden.

              The cost will be £469.41 for 115 plants total (5 different plant species selected to make up this 115) and the Council were hoping that this could be funded by the Assn.

              Daphne Howell informed the meeting that she is very disappointed by how Pinecliff Gardens looks now, she outlined the history of the gardens, which were previously lawns with borders and then planted with colourful flowers each year.  More recently the flower beds had been replaced with ‘Mediterranean’ style planting, which has not flourished and now looks very bedraggled.

              DH suggested that all the plants should be removed, the soil covered by black plastic and pebbles with just a few attractive colourful drought resistant plants. After some discussion it was agreed that CD should liaise with DH and arrange a meeting with the officers and report back.

              The possibility of a volunteer group to either assist with the planting, and maybe maintain the garden was also discussed.

              It was agreed to defer a decision on whether the Assn should contribute to the planting until the other options had been investigated.

              Canford Cliffs Play area –  CD is still chasing this, but it will not be done until some time next year.

              NS commented that the upgrade of 22 play areas identified under the Playbuilder Scheme has to be completed by 2011, so these play areas have to be dealt with first.

              Use of Assn”s Capital Reserve & Canford Cliffs Library Noticeboard:  JS reported that the Canford Cliffs Library noticeboard is now in place but disappointment has been expressed about the legibility of the recognition.

              Members agreed that the Assn should request the wording to be changed to black or some other colour which is more legible

              Public Liability Insurance (PLI) –  JS is pursuing.

              3.  NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

              KA reported…

              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 final date for Statements & representations is 29/03/10.

              JS suggested that Members might like to write to the Planning Inspectorate (using the on-line facility available via the Planning Inspectorate”s website <http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/public/planning/appeals/search/>) to show the strength of local feeling.

              4 Lawrence Drive (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 block of 8 apartments with assoc parking) – Application refused on 05/03/10.

              2 Crawshaw Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect two 3-bed detached houses with associated parking) – Application registered 24/02/10.  Local concerns.

              JS reported…

              1 Westminster Road East (Demolish existing and erect a 3 storey single dwelling and garage with associated vehicular access) – Application refused on 04/03/10.

              The Cottage, Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue (Demolish existing and erect a block of 5 apartments and associated garages) – Application registered on 08/02/10. Previous applications to Demolish existing property and erect 5 replacement Townhouses) withdrawn.

              CD said that she has written to the Head of Planning & Regeneration about the driveway to the site and he has agreed to speak with the officers about this.

              29 Links Road (Demolish existing dwelling and sever land to erect 2 detached town houses) – Application granted subject to Unilateral Undertaking at Planning Committee meeting on 11/02/10.

              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 now to be the subject of a “Written Representations” appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2120940) and not a Hearing. The final date for Statements & representations is 10/03/10.

              Other current planning issues

              5 Highmoor Scott Koenigsberg, gm of free casino games at Zynga, told The Daily Telegraph that “old school gamers” who're a “much more engaged” kind of player as well as japan developed Montopia and Ayakashi games, he stated: “Many in our free casino games attract a really broad swathe of gamers however these free casino games are suitable for an infinitely more male audience who're a lot more engaged. Road (Demolish existing building and erect 1 block of 9 apartments with basement parking, bin & cycle stores) – Application registered 03/02/10.  Local concerns.

              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)

              Planning Inquiry has been fixed for 20/04/10 and three days had been set aside for this.  This will be an important test case for Branksome Park

              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 is 10/03/10

              24 Cliff Drive (Extension to existing beach hut & relocate steps (revised Scheme) – Letter of objection lodged on behalf of Assn on 08/01/10.

              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 registered on 14/10/09.  There is a technical issue regarding the minor amendment, in relation to correctly linking the amendment scheme to the section 106 agreement of permission 07/12687/006/F which the LPA are trying to sought out with the agent.

              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 thanked John Defty who stepped down at this meeting having served as Hon Treasurer for eight years and presented a “bottle” as a token of the Assn”s appreciation.

              John Defty”s role is being taken over by Paul Fearnley.

              Chairman”s Note: JD has sent a signed copy of the Terms of Engagement to Schofields.  I should have sought agreement to the change in bank signatories but I will need to action this at our next meeting.

              5.                ANY OTHER BUSINESS

              Warning about external post boxes: A letter had been circulated by Dorset Police warning residents about a spate of ID theft after post has been stolen from external post boxes in the wall or at the gate of large houses in the area. The letter makes particular reference to large properties however external post boxes are often used for blocks of flats and apartments where residents prefer the security of restricted access.

              CCTV – The Oasis, Lindsay Road has suffered several thefts of bicycles from its “compound” at the rear of the premises. CCTV has recently been installed, which has proved extremely effective in assisting the police to identify, and subsequently apprehend, the miscreants.

              National Organisation of Residents” Associations AGM – JS reported that he attended the National Organisation of Residents” Associations AGM in London and the Guest Speaker was Robert Upton, Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (Chairman: Sir Michael Pitt) which started its work on 01/03/10.

              Poole Council”s Business Transformation Programme – One of our members, Mr Gell, is taking a great interest in this project, which has now been running three years and is concerned about the poor communication about this project to residents.

              BPCCRA Spring 2010 Magazine: – Copy required by 29th March in order to have the magazines ready for distribution during the week commencing 19 April.

              Friends of Poole Park AGM – To be held at the Civic Centre on 22/03/10 at 7.00pm

              Minutes Secretary – JS thanked Val Short who stepped down at this meeting having served as Minutes Secretary for six years and presented a pot of primroses as a token of the Assn”s appreciation.

              Val Short”s role is being taken over by Carol Parkin.

              The meeting closed at 8.30pm

              Date of next meeting: The next meeting is Wednesday 14th April 2010 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm”s Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

              Entries for BPCCRA Residents Spring 2010 Magazine

              The Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs And District Residents Association welcomes any articles from Branksome Park/ Canford Cliffs residents for their Spring 2010 Magazine (Deadline: 27th March 2010)

              • Is there anything you particularly like, or dislike about our area?
              • Are you involved in a sport, club or charity? Would you like to tell everyone about it? Do you need new players or members?
              • Do you like writing? You could submit an article for the magazine?
              • Are there any issues in Branksome Park/Canford Cliffs that give you cause for concern? tell us about it and find others who share your point of view.
              • Are you happy with the state of This exam will cdl classes your overall ability to operate your vehicle safely through various traffic situations that you’d encounter as a licensed driver. Branksome Woods, Martello Woods, Pinecliff gardens, Canford Cliffs Chine etc.? Woudl you like to see any improvements?

              Please submit all entries to your Residents Association Committee (listed in BPCCRA Magazine) or contact tom@branksomepark.com

              BPCCRA Minutes November 11th 2009

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

              HELD ON WEDNESDAY 11th NOVEMBER 2009 AT 7.30PM

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

              PRESENT:

              Terry Stewart President

              John Sprackling Chairman

              Michael Bond Membership Secretary

              Keith Alcroft Planning Officer

              John Gunton Magazine Editor

              Stan Alfert Data Protection Officer

              Val Short Minutes Secretary

              Cllr Mrs May Haines Ward Councillor

              Cllr Neil Sorton ditto

              Ken Sanson Chairman, Sandbanks Assn

              15 Members/Wardens

              1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

              JS welcomed NS & MH and all those present.

              Apologies: Apologies received from John Defty & Peter DuLieu

              Accuracy: JS said that he had omitted to include Keith Alcroft and John Defty from the list of attendees but, subject to this amendment he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 14 October 2009.

              2. MATTERS ARISING

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

              1. Quayside (former) Dolphin Quays development – D-day plaque has been installed and was re-dedicated this afternoon.

              2. Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane – No new developments

              3. Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – ditto

              4. Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

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

              Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:

              JS reported

              75 Canford Cliffs Road – Planning application for alterations to existing entrance to form new vehicular access with gates was lodged on 12/10/09. Once agreed, the owner will not be able to make subsequent changes without the risk of formal action being taken against him under the article 4 direction

              15A Westminster Road – Lowering of both the railings and the fence adjacent to the highway to 1 metre or remove them in their entirety was due to be completed by 03/10/09. The Planning Officer has written to the developer’s agent requesting some details on a revised boundary treatment, which, in principle, is acceptable. It is felt that, as this is a corner plot, it would be unfair on the current owners to require them to remove the existing boundary treatment (as required in the enforcement notice) without an alternative scheme to replace the existing so that they can secure their land, that is why the Local Planning Authority (LPA) are still trying to negotiate a solution.

              Other current planning enforcement issues

              Bella Rosa, 37 Haven Road – Retrospective application to erect glass screens to front and side of decking at front of property was refused on 03/07/09. Subject to ‘Written representation’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/09/2108355) The deadline for statements/representations was 28/08/09.

              2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road – Hedging to be replaced but the Head of Planning Enforcement is seeking clarification to see if owners are waiting until the dormant season at the end of October.

              51 Chaddesley Glen – A new planning application has been requested due to noticeable alterations to the double garage located to the rear of the property. The Agents had asked for the proposal to be treated as a minor amendment to that previously approved on 27/12/07.

              JS reported that he had had a meeting last week with Mark Hitchcott, one of the Planning Enforcement officer and both he and Mr Hitchcott had found the meeting very helpful.

              JS had commented that some residents still mistrust the planning process and he was asked to encourage residents to contact the Planning Enforcement Team directly so that they can explain their actions face to face. This will assist the Council in overcoming residents’ mistrust of the system and demonstrate to residents that the Council do take residents’ concerns seriously and attempt to resolve them even if they sometimes fall outside their sphere of influence.

              Mr Hitchcott accepted that enforcement action can seem painfully slow but, if all else fails, the Council do prosecute transgressors. So far this year, the Council have prosecuted two persons for not complying with Enforcement Notices upheld on appeal at 85 Ringwood Road and rear of 115-121 Commercial Road, and, most importantly, after these prosecutions we have secured compliance with the Notices.

              Supporting evidence is needed if the Assn. is asked to represent individuals in matters concerning planning enforcement. NS offered to look into any suspect planning applications, but he, also, can only act on evidence, not rumours.

              MH advised that Bella Rosa (formerly BH13) have appealed, so until the appeal is heard Planning Enforcement are unable to act.

              Community Working Group, Progress re Sir Michael Pitt’s recommendations & IDeA Report: JS reported that the next CWG meeting has been fixed for 25/11/09 and Roy Pointer will attending as the Assn’s representative.

              Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: The Poole & Christchurch Bays Shoreline Management Plan Review – Key Stakeholder Group meeting on 26/11/09. Again, Roy Pointer will attending as the Assn’s representative

              Council Tax 2010/11 & Council’s Budget Monitoring report: Wlliam Mutlow gave a brief outline of the presentation made at the Newtown & Parkstone Area Committee meeting on 28/10/09, which will also be given at the forthcoming Canford Cliffs & Penn Hill Area Committee meeting.

              The forecasts contained in the presentation are concerned mainly with next year’s budget, rather than looking at the long term (4-5 years) It states that “the rate of Council Tax will be assumed at no more than 5% in any given year in the MTFP (Medium Term Financial Plan) period for financial planning purposes”’ – the average increase reported in the national press was 1.6%. The average increases for Unitary Authorities is forecast to be the highest at 2.63%

              Following some discussion on the need for an increase in Council Tax, NS commented that efficiency savings are being looked at, but that the problem still remained of Poole being the 3rd lowest funded authority in the country. It does not cost any less to fund services in Poole, yet we are awarded less per head for essential services e.g. education. The average wage in Poole is low and the average house price is high, 15 times higher than the average wage, thus making it difficult for local people to buy homes.

              It was suggested that the Council should make every effort to ensure that all members of the public are aware of the lack of funding from Central Government.

              Poole Partnership: JS reported that will be attending a breakfast meeting of the Poole Partnership tomorrow (to review the Sustainable Community Strategy)

              Canford Cliffs Village & proposal to plant trees in Haven Road: No progress had been made on the proposal to plant trees.

              The Christmas Lights in the Village will be switched on by the Mayor at 6.00 p.m. on Friday 13th November 2009. There is a mulled wine reception at the Kitchen Haven showroom from 5.30 p.m. to which everyone is welcome.

              Public Rights of Way:

              Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No further 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: No further developments

              Use of Assn’s Capital Reserve & Noticeboard at Canford Cliffs Library: See AOB

              Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

              Mobile ‘Phone Mast, Elgin Road: Chris Stracey reported that Richard Dunk from Vodafone had seen one of Poole’s Planning Officer last week and discussed the proposed works. The proposal is to increase the height of the existing mast from 12 metres to 13.7 metres and that O2 will put an aerial transmitter on to the mast as well. This means that the mast will be wider at the base because of the additional height and O2 will put another cabinet to house the new equipment at the base alongside the Vodafone cabinet. Richard Dunk said that the Planning Officer was receptive to the idea as O2 want more masts and this sharing idea would save O2 having to put up its own mast.

              CS feels sure that our local Residents will not be too happy about this as this seems like “the thin edge of the wedge” and could lead to more and more transmitters being added to existing masts. He will be speaking to Dr Goodridge in Elgin Road. His house is right next to the mast and he organised the protest when the original mast went up. Although the original action failed, CS thinks that this is a development which is very unwelcome as what is to stop more and more transmitters being added to the mast?

              Masts of 13.7m will require planning consent and so residents will have to opportunity to lodge letters of objection. On the matter of health, it is believed that the highest risk exists where the rings of radiation from two or more masts meet.

              3. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

              KA reported…

              4 Lawrence Drive (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 block of 8 apartments with assoc parking) – Application registered on 16/10/09

              10 Wilderton Road (Demolish existing and erect a two storey, five bed detached dwelling with rooms at basement level and in the roof space with dormer and velux windows. A detached double garage with a dormer window (revised scheme). (Topographical survey submitted 14/9/09, as amended by plans received 26/8/09, 30/9/09 and 8/10/09). – Application granted with conditions by Planning Committee on 22/10/09.

              21 Wilderton Road (Demolish existing and erect a two storey five bed detached dwelling with integral garage and basement) – Application granted with conditions by Planning Committee on 22/10/09.

              11 Westminster Road

              (a) Demolish existing and erect a block of five flats with basement parking.– Letter of objection lodged by Assn on 22/10/09.
              (b) Demolish existing and erect three detached two storey dwellings with integral double garages – Letter of objection lodged by Assn on 24/10/09.

              Roland Cunnell said that he had concerns about Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme) – Letter of objection registered on behalf of Assn on 03/04/09. Application was expected to be considered at the Planning Committee meeting on 19/11/09 but this had, again, been deferred.

              This application is in Penn Hill Ward, it has been ongoing for several years and the latest deferral is due to an arboriculturalist’s report having been received. All relevant documents are available to view on line. It was suggested that Mr Cunnell personally arrange a meeting with the Head of Planning & Regeneration, Stephen Thorne to discuss the matter.

              JG asked if KA could look at 29 Links Road (Demolish existing dwelling and sever land to erect 2 detached town houses)

              Dinah Rogers asked if KA could also look at the application for 19 Torbay Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect 3 no. 4-bedroom detached houses with associated parking).which was registered on 05/11/09.

              JS reported that he had attended a meeting of the Local Development Framework Working Group the previous evening and, at this meeting, up-dates were received on…

              1. SE Dorset Multiple Modal Transport Study by Rick Clayton, Transportation Services – RC provided us with a high level analysis of responses to Survey questionnaire.

              2. Site Specific Allocations by Bill Gordon, Strategic Planning – There has been 51 responses which areavailable on BoP website. Officers are now looking at the remaining 200 ’saved’ Development Control policies and hope to reduce these to 40/50. This will be subject to further informal consultation.

              3. Sustainable Community Strategy Review by Hilary Evans, Community Planning Manager.- The present Strategy covers 2006 to 2012 and needs to be longer term.  Project Team are reviewing this.

              4. IDeA – Peer Review by Nigel Jacobs, Planning Policy&Imp. Manager – A meeting with Service Unit Heads was held last week to discuss a more co-ordinated approach to planning. Quarterly Newsletter is being progressed.

              JS said that he and his wife had attended the Planning Inquiry re 20 Balcombe Road Demolish existing and erect 3 detached houses (Revised Scheme) – Application refused on 27/05/09) the previous day and today

              In addition to challenging the refusal for the three properties, the appellants challenged the requirement for a contribution for around £12,000 under the South East Dorset Transport Contributions Scheme Adopted 2009. An article in yesterday’s Daily Echo reported that the Planning Inspector questioned the Recreational and Transportation contributions re 147 Banks Road.

              Other current planning issues

              The Cottage, Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue (Demolish existing property and erect 5 replacement Townhouses) – Application registered on 22/10/09

              St Ann’s Hospital (Erect two 2-storey buildings on site to accommodate a 12 bed Psychiatric Care Unit and 48 long stay bed spaces. New combined entrance & extensions to existing 1980’s acute ward block. Demolition of 1970 block. Associated car parking, hardstanding & landscaping)– Letter of objection lodged by Assn on 04/10/09.

              10 Nairn Road (Demolish the existing house and erect 2 x 4 bedroom maisonettes with associated parking) – Letter of objection lodged by Assn on 10/10/09.

              46-48 Tower Road (Demolish existing houses and erect 14 flats with basement and surface parking)

              Application registered on 02/10/09

              Land adj. 2 Mornish Road

              (a) Conservation area application to erect a 5-bed detached house with integral garage, access from Mornish Road (Revised scheme)Appeal allowed on 24/07/09.

              (b) Erect a 5-bed detached house with attached garage, access from Mornish Road. (Revised Scheme) – Tree Impact Assessment lodged on 29/07/09.

              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.

              19 Sandbourne Road (Demolish existing and erect 5 apartments over 3 storeys with basement parking and associated cycle and bin store) – Amended plans registered on 24/08/09.

              20 Balcombe Road (Demolish existing and erect 3 detached houses (Revised Scheme)

              – Application refused on 27/05/09) – Application subject to Public Inquiry (APP/Q1255/A/09/2107902) which commenced yesterday (10/11/09) and concluded today.

              4-6 Compton Avenue (Demolish existing and erect 2 blocks of flats (10 in total) with basement parking,bin and cycle stores. (Revised Scheme Block A). Revised plans received 05.02.2008) Application was registered as long ago as 18/12/07. The revised scheme application has not yet been approved, This is being held up because the section 106 agreement cannot be agreed and because of changes in ownership. The main building remains substantially the same as previously approved, but there are some additional out buildings, changes to the basement and additional ventilation shafts from the original approval, these may be subject to future enforcement action if the Local Planning Authority (LPA) cannot secure appropriate planting/landscaping, Planning officers are currently considering these changes. This property was purchased only three months ago and the LPA are in the process addressing the outstanding matters with the new owners.

              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.

              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 – In the absence of JD, JS reported that the total funds as at 30th October amounted to just over £34,000.

              5. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

              East Cliff and Bournemouth Town Centre Residents’ Association – Chris Stracey attended the meeting of this Assn at the Ocean View Hotel on Saturday

              The meeting was chaired by former Cllr David Clutterbuck and was attended by four local Councillors Anne and Michael Filer, David Kelsey and David Smith (who is on the Bournemouth Town Planning Board) and about 50 residents.

              The possibility of having one or more of the Assn’s meetings on a Saturday morning or afternoon was ‘floated’ but this was left for further discussion at a later date.

              CS reported that matters discussed at the meeting included..

              • · Improvements to Bournemouth Seafront, Surf Reef at Boscombe, Boscombe Pier & “Lump of Granite” art work by Boscombe Pier – People cycling in a dangerous manner along the seafront and the cliff top There is 7 miles of sea front, obviously a massive task. A good start has been made at Boscombe with the construction of the Surf Reef and it was generally felt that the whole area by Boscombe Pier has improved, good cafes, new shops etc. Some doubt was expressed about the cost of the Reef (£3mil) and whether it was any good and there was a general thumbs down in respect of the art work generally known as “the lump of granite” (Shades of the art work at Penn Hill????) on the roundabout by the pier. Some further improvements to the Pier were suggested (no facilities) and complaints made about wet suits obstructing the area. More beach huts are required, possibly 1000.Other comments concerned improvements to Bournemouth Pier, Happylands looks awful, Westover Rowing Club lease (£37 pa!!!!) runs out this year and Toft steps by the lift needs attention.
              • · People cycling in a dangerous manner along the seafront and the cliff top – Same problem as Sandbanks Sea front.
              • · Shelters and seats on the Cliff Top – More seats and shelters are required but Residents worried about these being used by alcoholics and drug users/pushers. One Clifftop shelter destroyed by bad weather 4 years ago has not been replaced
              • · Parking meters – Parking meters have been delayed by technical and procedural problems. Apparently they fill up with water when there is rain. Amusing point raised in that people pull off the “Not in Use” Yellow stickers on the meters and put money in and then get very upset when there is no sign of a ticket!  DOH! However, ”meters are go” for the end of this month.
              • · Road and verge cleaning and maintenance & Litter problems – Many Residents complained about the lack of street cleaning esp. leaves and maintenance of the verges. Litter everywhere and many verges destroyed by parking cars.
              • · Cliff End Hotel adjoining Keviston Court & Normandy Hotel – Usual problems with these two Hotels in that Developers are supposed to be carrying out works/demolition there are failing to do so (probably no money because of the recession) and the sites have become dumping grounds for all kinds of rubbish. What’s David LLoyd up to? No one knows.
              • · Proposed Drug Management Centre in Lansdowne Road (Crime Reduction Initiative programme) – Many objections raised by Residents and Businesses  in respect of the proposed Centralised Drug Facility at the Lansdowne. One main objection is that addicts will be sent there from all over the country, especially from London. Where will they stay? Will their friends come with them? Who is going to pay for their accommodation? Matter to be debated in the Town Hall on the 8th Dec at 10 a.m. Council is against the proposal, Police are for it.
              • · Work to turn Holdenhurst Road into a Boulevard – Work is proposed to turn Holdenhurst Road into a Boulevard with centre of the road Pedestrian Islands and Trees. (Sounds like Canford Cliffs proposal??).
              • · Speeding in Kynveton Road – A mobile speed camera will be made available on non specified days for two weeks
              • · Budgets – All the above will be subject to budgetary constraints. Suggestions made by Councillors that Residents could take better ownership of problems such as litter clearance and could take responsibility for clearing minor items of rubbish on verges/pavements outside their properties/businesses. Pointed out that Residents could be prosecuted under Health and Safety laws if sweeping of leaves off pavements by residents caused a slippery surface and passers-by fell over.

              Canford Cliffs Library Notice BoardTS had met with the Library Manager and it was agreed that the noticeboard would be placed on the wall at the bottom of the library. It would be large enough to display 16 A4 sheets and the library staff will be responsible for putting up the posters. It was cheaper to attach the noticeboard to the wall than to mount it on posts.

              Car parking in Whitecliff Road A proposal to put double yellow lines along the north side of Whitecliff Road had been turned down, but a small length of double yellow lines on the corner of Sherwood Avenue was accepted.

              Night economy in Lower ParkstoneThere is a need for a taxi rank in Lower Parkstone due to the night economy of Poole being centred in Ashley Cross. Apparently patrons of the Parkstone venues subsequently travel by taxi to Bournemouth in the early hours of the morning. A suitable site for a taxi rank is being discussed.

              S106 Transport & Recreational Contributions In answer to a question from William Mutlow about how much is received and spent in each area, TS commented that this had been asked previously and that there was a document available giving this information. There are different types of contributions ,e.g. Recreation and Leisure, Transport.

              The Recreational Contributions have to be spent in the ward or an adjoining one, e.g. a play park may extend into an adjoining ward, although some Recreational contributions could be spent in Poole Park or Upton Park.

              Developers query why they should pay Transport contributions which cover other areas in Dorset, but the Council have to stand firm on this ruling. It was suggested that any queries about Transport contributions should be addressed to Steve Dean in the first instance.

              Town Green ApplicationsBranksome Recreation Ground is being processed, although there is a possibility of a Public Inquiry. Baiter and Harbourside Park will not be looked at until Branksome has been decided, but there will be no upgrades or improvements in the meantime.

              There being no other AOB, JS closed closed at 8.45pm.

              Date of next meeting: The next meeting is Wednesday 9th December 2009 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm’s Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road) NB To be concluded by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.

              Next Area Committee Meeting will be on Wednesday 18th November at Loch Road Baptist Church Hall

              BPCCRA Minutes October 14th 2009

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

              HELD ON WEDNESDAY 14th OCTOBER 2009 AT 7.30PM

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

              PRESENT:

              Terry Stewart President

              John Sprackling Chairman

              John Gunton Magazine Editor

              Stan Alfert Data Protection Officer

              Val Short Minutes Secretary

              Cllr Mrs May Haines Ward Councillor

              Cllr Neil Sorton ditto

              Ken Sanson Chairman, Sandbanks Assn

              15 Members/Wardens

              1. APOLOGIES AND ACCURACY OF MINUTES

              JS welcomed NS & MH and all those present.

              Apologies: Apologies received from Cllr Mrs Carole Deas (Flu) Bob & Phyllis Young, William Mutlow, Michael Bond

              Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 09 September 2009.

              2. MATTERS ARISING

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

              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 – amended plans lodged on 24/09/09

              5. Old Orchard House. 39-61. High Street – No new developments

              Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:

              JS reported

              75 Canford Cliffs Road – Removal of fence and re-instatement of the boundary wall at the newly created entrance was due to be completed by 15/08/09.

              15A Westminster Road – Lowering of both the railings and the fence adjacent to a highway to 1 metre or remove them in their entirety was due to be completed by 03/10/09.

              Other current planning enforcement issues

              Bella Rosa, 37 Haven Road – Retrospective application to erect glass screens to front and side of decking at front of property was refused on 03/07/09. Subject to ‘Written representation’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/09/2108355) The deadline for statements/representations was 28/08/09.

              2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road – Hedging to be replaced but the Head of Planning Enforcement is seeking clarification to see if owners are waiting until the dormant season at the end of October.

              51 Chaddesley Glen – A new planning application has been requested due to noticeable alterations to the double garage located to the rear of the property. The Agents had asked for the Cisco 642-414 proposal to be treated as a minor amendment to that previously approved on 27/12/07.

              Community Working Group, Progress re Sir Michael Pitt’s recommendations & IDeA Report

              JS reported that the 27 page Improvement & Development Agency (IDeA) Report has been posted on the BoP website. The report comments that the Local Planning Authority should engage with all residents and groups and not just those who are the most vocal.

              TS said that Stephen Thorne is very happy with conclusions of the independent audit of planning processes – not such a clear set of recommendations as Sir Michael Pitt, but various ways of improving the Planning Committee, including re-arranging the layout in the room and improvements to sound so that everyone can see and hear clearly.

              JS said that he would set out the 15 Key recommendations in the Minutes

              Achieving outcomes

              1. Ensure better awareness and ownership of the Core Strategy among officers and Members through a range of means.
              2. The senior management team needs to ensure that the planning and regeneration service acts itself and is seen by other council services to act as a service to deliver the corporate regeneration agenda.

              Integration and collaboration

              1. Ensure that front line staff have appropriate information and training to apply the policy framework effectively and consistently
              2. Plan and launch a comprehensive customer focus and engagement cisco 640-816 programme

              Leading and engaging the community

              1. Linked to the above, map out improved processes for engagement between planning officers and the asset management service to ensure that planning advice is being actively sought prior to the preparation of disposal details for council sites
              2. Review the operation of the Planning Committee to improve the service it provides for the community.
              3. Develop a more comprehensive approach to engagement with customers and stakeholders that is corporately led through officers and members
              4. Consider the use of the existing Area Committees as an additional forum for engagement with the local community including looking at models of area committees elsewhere which deal with planning matters

              Management

              1. Ensure that the Head of Planning has the resources to complete the restructure and create sufficient support that allows him to play a more strategic role to lead the service through the required change
              2. In line with recommendation 4 above, strengthen the service customer focus through a range of initiatives,
              3. Ensure better monitoring of S106 obligations through a specific policy and processes, allocating responsibility for S106 monitoring to one dedicated officer, and the introduction of a corporate S106 monitoring group

              Innovation, learning and excellence

              1. Introduce processes for effective learning from appeals that were upheld, and from service complaints.
              2. Adhere to good Human Resouces management practice by ensuring that all staff have regular one to one meetings and appraisals
              3. Introduce mechanisms within the service to ensure that staff are actively listened to and are engaged in service improvements.

              Shared knowledge and evidence

              1. Poole should build on knowledge sharing and joint working with a wider range of developers and partners

              RP reported that he had attended the Community Working Group (CWG) meeting on 30/09/09. Key points arising…

              • Agenda and Minutes to be posted on BoP website in due course. Keith Pegram is updating site.
              • Ward Walks planned by Stephen Thorne to get local Councillors out into the wards to review key planning, transport, environment, social issues. A Ward Walk took place toady; Residents’ Assns to notify issues of interest to their Ward members. As It is an exercise designed for listening rather than debating. it was felt that the event should be confined to Officers and Members.
              • Quay Thistle development – request for special Planning Committee not progressed as yet.
              • Web Access Module (WAM) being upgraded. Should allow Pre-Application meeting notes to be added to application files. CWG concern that this should be done before a decision is taken, not merely as an historical record. ST to investigate the practicalities.
              • Trees on application sites – decisions are taken in accordance with British Standard; covers amenity value, visibility, health, life cycle, crown thinning etc. Key dimensions are, not less than 2m from the edge of canopies and foundations to be clear of root zone. Where existing footprint to be built on, can grant even if within assumed root zone or under canopy since no detriment occurs.
              • Fines for illegal felling with costs for replacement go into the central pot and are not ring-fenced for replacement trees. (We might want to pursue this further?). Russ Fisher is the Senior Officer concerned. Trees on public land cannot be TPOd.
              • Poole Newsletter – ST has agreed to develop a pilot. Terry S. has agreed to critique and when published on web, feedback will inform future issues. Likely to be quarterly.
              • Resident Assn database still being drawn up; only want to include bone fide groups rather than (the many) ad-hoc local groups formed for specific issues. May want to push progress on this?
              • Town and village greens – building on. Chinese wall in Council between Licensing Committee. that decides on appropriation of land to be developed and Planning. Committee. that decides on the merits of a planning application. Relevant to Branksome Rec. and Broadstone Rec.
              • Householder Planning Appeals – HM Planning Inspectorate decreed that for small developments. eg. extensions, the Inspector will simply review the file papers as they were at time of original decision and will not take further reps. No ‘second bite at the cherry’.
              • Planning Committee voting. Coloured cards now in use; R,Y,G to be stencilled on for the colour blind. Room arranged so that members face public. Method to be continued for the time being. Not recording votes but public free to sit in and note down votes. Medium term plan to get meeting web cam so that proceedings can be viewed on web. ST has agreed idea with Chief Executive but budgets to be sorted etc. Keith Pegram will action.
              • Political-v-Quasi judicial role and membership of Planning Committee. Pro-rata political seats is common practice and no chance of changing in ST opinion.
              • Flooding risks – lot of confusion in responsibilities from Environment Agency downwards. ST keen to get more clarity on roles/responsibilities/funding. Also the move for design risk from 1/50 to 1/100 to 1/200 year flood event needs to be clarified. ST will pursue and apprise us in due course.
              • New information on Planning Applications – Residents’ Assns keeping up to speed. Decisions are due 56 days from a valid deposit of an application. Plan to use WAM to generate e-mail to relevant RAs when new/updated information received. Clearly depends on WAM implementation.
              • AOB

              D-Day plaque for Poole Quay now delivered and will be installed facing the Quay inside Dolphin Quays before 11/11/09.

              Minutes – target to issue them a week after the meeting.

              Ward Walks – NS said that he & MH had taken part in a Ward Walk with Richard Genge and a tree officer, they looked at Salter Road and Grasmere Road where new properties have to be built up 1m for flood protection, making them higher than existing properties. Chester and Eaton Roads are at present largely unspoilt and ideally should be kept that way. The most important aspects are landscaping and trees. Planners should require developers to leave space for good landscaping, often this is not the case. Also looked at Lakeside Road and Haven Road from Loch Fyne to Flaghead. The intention of the walk was to provide a general overview of the area.

              Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: The Poole & Christchurch Bays Shoreline Management Plan Review – Key Stakeholder Group meeting has been postponed to 26th November

              Council Tax 2010/11 & Council’s Budget Monitoring report: In the absence of WM, JS reported on the financial reports presented at last night’s Cabinet meeting.

              JS said that Cllr Leverett had outlined the assumptions and principles to be observed in the on-going development of next year’s Budget, one of which is that the increase in Council Tax will be levied at no more than 5%.

              JS said that he would include the assumptions and principles in the Minutes (see below)

              (i) the assumption of an on-going revenue contribution to capital of £1m per annum over the period of the MTFP (Medium Term Financial Plan) subject to work now on-going to review the capital strategy

              (ii) to minimise the use of Supported Borrowing Approvals as much as possible further to (sic)

              (iii) that Council Tax will be levied at no more than 5% in any given year over the period of the MTFP

              (iv) that the balance of released reserves not needed for other purposes may be used to fund one-off costs pressures in 2010/11 subject to Cabinet approving the relevant requests for growth through Stage 2 of the on-going MTFP process

              (v) the organisation will avoid building growth into the base budget position for 2010/11 that it could not reasonably expect to sustain over the remainder of the MTFP period.

              The latest Council 2009/10 Budget Monitoring report shows a projected year-end surplus of £209k.

              There is also a reduction in 2009/10 Capital Programme of £13,395m. This is the result of re-profiling of around £15m to future years (£8m Poole Bridge £6.5m in the schools area and 0.5m of waste strategy). There is no associated Personnel impact.

              Chairman’s note:
              In his note to me WM says “Looking at the original Budget/Revised Budget/Year End Forecast three portfolio areas stand out….”

              Children’s Services – Saving of (£353,000 net)

              £109,000 Harnessing Technology – Contributions from schools

              (£140,000) Statutory priorities Hot School Meals – Re-profiled into 2010/11

              (£155,000) Statutory priorities Health and Safety contingency for urgent works – Re-profiled into 2010/11

              (£167,000) Primary capital needs analysis, master planning and detailed design – Re-profiled into 2010/11

              Local Economy including Transportation – Saving of (£114,000)

              Due to a combination of both lower journey numbers and reimbursement rates compared to budget, it is now estimated that the Council will underspend by £114k on the £2.7m Concessionary Fares budget. However the reduction in reimbursement rates is a consequence of the Council removing the cap on

              average fares an action that has resulted in a bus operator submitting a capacity claim amounting to £0.5m (this potential liability has not been factored into the forecast and is the subject of further discussions).

              Resources – Saving of (£137,000)

              As part of the July Council Budget monitoring report it was established that when resources within Service Units are identified as available due to the consequence of changing circumstance, be that due to one-off events or due to lower actual provisions for price or volume increases than was assumed within the base budget, they will be redirected in support the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP).

              During the month there has been a further adjustment due to the provision made for energy costs.

              Poole Partnership: JS reported that he had attended the Poole Partnership Steering Group meeting on 30/09/09.

              A review of the Partnership Governance Arrangements is being carried and changes are being recommended which include “increased representation by elected members, non-executive directors and representation across the equality strands.”

              During a discussion of the allocation of Poole’s Performance Reward Grant, members of the Steering Group representing the Bournemouth & Poole Primary Care Trust (PCT), Fire & Rescue etc cautioned embarking on any new projects which involved revenue expenditure as they are facing ‘zero growth’ budgets for the forthcoming year.

              There was a lively discussion about joint working across the conurbation. Both the Police and the PCT have already combined their resources.

              JS pointed out that a joint meeting of Poole and Bournemouth Partnerships in 2007, we were told that the Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole had adopted a ‘Convergence Model’ whereby the presumption between the two Councils was that they would always work together unless there was any compelling reason why they should not. He went on to say that he thought there was scope for more joint working but Councillors would need to take the initiative because officers would want to maintain the ’status quo’. Predictably, John McBride took exception to this and pointed to the Multi-Area Agreement, Schools for the Future etc.

              In response, JS pointed there has been no progress report from the ‘Jointly Commissioning Building Consultancy Services Working Party’. This was announced at the Cabinet meeting on 10/02/09 but no timescale for this initiative was set out in the officer’s report. He is sure that there are other areas where a similar approach could be adopted. For instance, Libraries etc, do we really need two Heads of Cultural Services?

              JS said that members may recall that he mentioned that Comprehensive Area Assessments were being introduced from April 2009 at the Assn’s meeting on 08/07/09. To quote…

              By way of background, the new system of Comprehensive Area Assessment introduced from April 2009 requires Local Authorities and other public agencies to account collectively for how well they are doing. An area risk assessment into the prospects for the area and the quality of life for local people forms a key part of the comprehensive area assessment.”

              Martin Green (Audit Commission) gave an up-date and said that the results for all Local Authorities will be posted on the website on 10/12/09.

              A small task group to include the Chair and representatives of the Borough of Poole, Dorset Police, NHS Bournemouth & Poole, Dorset Fire and Rescue and Poole CVS is reviewing Poole’s Sustainable Community Strategy. suggested that areas which need addressing are…

              • · Impact of introduction of more personalised care in the area of Social Services
              • · Un-anticipated ‘baby boom’
              • · Changes in economy
              • · Joint working across conurbation
              • · More emphasis now on sustainability/equalities agenda
              • · More emphasis now on Social/Community enterprise

              Sustainable Communities Act – TS asked for an up-date.

              NS replied that Poole and Bournemouth are working together on the Comprehensive Area Assessment which is designed to improve the whole community and improve efficiency and economy. Local govt need to prioritize tasks as there are so many requirements that they are fast approaching an ‘overload’ situation.

              TS said that he felt Poole’s response to the Sustainable Communities Act was dominated by elected representatives, whereas this was supposed to be members of the public.

              Canford Cliffs Village & proposal to plant trees in Haven Road: MH met with Warren Leaver, who is arranging for sketches to be put together showing a total revamp of the whole shopping area, and an initial draft proposal. MH will chase this.

              Public Rights of Way:

              Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No further 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: JS said that it is not yet possible to deliver this project owing to the more immediate demands of the time-critical delivery of 22 Playbuilder play area improvements in other wards across the Borough.

              Chairman’s Note: £30,000 has been allocated to provide a ‘natural play’ area for young children at Canford Cliffs Chine.

              Use of Assn’s Capital Reserve: JG is still collecting ideas for possible use of capital reserve – so far suggestions include an extension to Canford Cliffs Library, art for public display and the sunken garden in Pinewood Gardens.

              Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

              Mobile ‘Phone Mast, Elgin Road – No further developments

              3. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

              KA reported…

              St Ann’s Hospital (Erect two 2-storey buildings on site to accommodate a 12 bed Psychiatric Care Unit and 48 long stay bed spaces. New combined entrance & extensions to existing 1980’s acute ward block. Demolition of 1970 block. Associated car parking, hardstanding & landscaping)– Letter of objection lodged by Assn on 04/10/09.

              10 Nairn Road (Demolish the existing house and erect 2 x 4 bedroom maisonettes with associated parking) – Letter of objection lodged by Assn on 10/10/09.

              11 Leicester Road (Demolish existing & Outline application to erect a 59 bedroom care home (class C2) with associated parking (15 spaces), bin & cycle store (revised scheme) – Applications refused on 20/08/09.

              12 St Clair Road (Construct 2 detached dwellings with associated parking. (Revised Scheme) – Application granted by the Planning Committee at their meeting on 17/09/09.

              Other current planning issues

              11 Westminster Road

              (a) Demolish existing and erect a block of five flats with basement parking.
              (b) Demolish existing and erect three detached two storey dwellings with integral double garages – Applications registered on 29/09/09

              46-48 Tower Road (Demolish existing houses and erect 14 flats with basement and surface parking)

              Application registered on 02/10/09

              Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme) – Letter of objection registered on behalf of Assn on 03/04/09. Application was expected to be considered at the Planning Committee meeting on 17/09/09 but has been deferred.

              19 Torbay Road – no further action until the application is submitted.

              10 Wilderton Road (Demolish existing and erect a two storey, five bed detached dwelling with rooms at basement level and in the roof space with dormer and velux windows. A detached double garage with a dormer window (revised scheme). (Topographical survey submitted 14/9/09, as amended by plans received 26/8/09, 30/9/09 and 8/10/09). – To be determined at next Thursday’s Pllanning Committee meeting. Officer’s recommendation is to ‘Grant with Conditions’

              21 Wilderton Road (Demolish existing and erect a two storey five bed detached dwelling with integral garage and basement) – To be determined at next Thursday’s Pllanning Committee meeting. Officer’s recommendation is to ‘Grant with Conditions’

              7 Ventry Close (Erect a link-detached 3-bedroom dwelling (revised scheme) – ‘Written representation’ appeal dismissed on 23/09/09.

              Land adj. 2 Mornish Road

              (a) Conservation area application to erect a 5-bed detached house with integral garage, access from Mornish Road (Revised scheme)Appeal allowed on 24/07/09.

              (b) Erect a 5-bed detached house with attached garage, access from Mornish Road. (Revised Scheme) – Application registered on 29/06/09.

              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.

              19 Sandbourne Road (Demolish existing and erect 5 apartments over 3 storeys with basement parking and associated cycle and bin store) – Amended plans lodged on 24/08/09.

              20 Balcombe Road (Demolish existing and erect 3 detached houses (Revised Scheme) –

              Application refused on 27/05/09) – Application subject to Public Inquiry (APP/Q1255/A/09/2107902) to be held on 10/11/09 at 10.00am at the Civic Centre.

              4-6 Compton Avenue (Demolish existing and erect 2 blocks of flats (10 in total) with basement parking,

              bin and cycle stores. (Revised Scheme Block A). Revised plans received 05.02.2008) Application was registered as long ago as 18/12/07. Most recent posting on BoP planning Application website is a letter from the Agents dated 19/08/08 referring to the outstanding signed Section 106 Agreement which was due to be “issued to Poole Borough Council shortly.” The flats have been largely constructed but it appears that no further work has been carried out on this site since the demise of Ravine Lifestyle. It states at 3.2 ‘Distributions’ of the Administrators’ Progress Report for Ravine Lifestyle dated 21/07/09 that “Clydesdale, the secured lender also had cross guarantees in place over 57 Haven, 4 & 6 Compton, 101 Lilliput and Future 3000. Due to significant shortfalls for the secured creditors in these companies no further realisations were possible for Clydesdale.”

              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.

              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 – Steph Quinn, Project Co-ordinator, Age Concern Bournemouth, was due to give a short presentation on Project Purple, Poole, which is a new initiative in Poole aiming to provide a range of social and health

              improving activities for the over 55’s across the Borough but this was cancelled at short notice.

              ‘For infomation only’ reports were presented re

              a) Playbuilder Improvements to Alexandra Park

              b) Prioritisation of Crossing Requests. Report re Pedestrian refuge in Penn Hill Ave to be presented at next meeting.

              c) Planning Obligations Funding – Information. TS asked for further information.

              5. ACCOUNTS TO DATE – JD reported that the total funds at the end of September amounted to just over £34,100.

              6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

              Noticeboard at Canford Cliffs Library – TS reported that, since the refurbishment of the library the available space for notices, etc was not so good, so it was proposed to provide a freestanding noticeboard the cost of which had originally been £500, but had suddenly become £1,000. There is to be a meeting with Cllr. Atkinson, TS & SA on 10/11/09.

              SA commented that, if the Assn is to make a donation towards the cost of the board, this should clearly show some recognition of this. A donation of £1,000 was approved by all present but JS said that he had asked the Canford Cliffs Land Society if the Society might be willing to contribute £500 towards this.

              The Axe Factor – JS said that the Daily Echo has launched a campaign called the Axe Factor, looking at the financial pressures on councils and other public bodies and savings they could make. A two page spread looking at Bournemouth Council will appear tomorrow (Thursday), with a similar feature on Poole next week.

              The Assn had been asked to put forward suggestions. Suggestions received prior to the meeting included

              • Reduce the number of Poole B.C. employees by 5 or 10%. This would be in line with other businesses.
              • Avoid employing expensive Consultants. Hopefully there’s enough ‘brain’ power already within P.B.C. to sort out their own problems.
              • Reduce the number of the co-ordinators, out-reach workers involved with racial integration etc.
              • They could save a lot of money at Hamworthy Outdoor Education Centre. It is losing more money this year than ever before
              • There are probably office jobs that could be cut or scaled down (i.e. from full time to part time etc)…but we are not in a position to assess specifics….but given that labour is the biggest ongoing cost scaling to part time is always a way to cut costs without dropping the job…but I doubt they’d entertain that option!

              And a plea for a service to be started/restored – removal of weeds from Poole’s pavements. Strong enough weed killers are now banned from our streets (illegal apparently) and weeds can only be removed manually. It is feared that the “streets will get worse and become quite tatty etc!”

              TS mentioned cost of cycleways, Penn Hill crossing and public art – none of which are funded by council tax

              Peter Dulieu thought that the Poole News was a waste of money, but that NS said that the cost is now being partially offset with advertising and commented that residents appreciate knowing how their money is being spent.

              Roy Pointer thought that we should challenge the rise in council tax. No justification for increase in the current economic climate. Significant savings could be made by having single units for several large depts.(e.g. IT) for the whole conurbation. MH commented that this could create problems of confidentiality for the two authorities.

              Town Green Application for Whitecliff Recreation Ground and Baiter Park – This was registered by Parkstone Bay Assn (PBA) with the Council on 09/07/09. PBA would welcome the Association’s support for this application.

              JS said that the Branksome Rec application is to be concluded first because it was the first to apply.

              This will almost certainly go to a formal inquiry and the estimated cost is £25,000.

              The Open Spaces Society believe that the Town Green status would NOT prevent the present maintenance regime or enhancements to improve public enjoyment of the open space but this is based on the opinion of Paul Clayden (Open Spaces Society 2007) and has no weight in law.

              TS said that he had discussed this with Cllr Don Collier as it is a Licensing Committee decision. There have been other applications for Town Green status. There is a three month delay from submission of the application which creates fears of a hidden agenda. DC has promised to arrange for clear guidelines of how this type of application will be processed.

              TS went on to say that we should try to protect parks and open spaces and would therefore support other Residents’ Associations, if asked to do so. It was agreed to support PBAs Town Green application for Whitecliff Recreation Ground and Baiter Park in principle, although it was felt that there were higher priorities for the Council to resolve first, not least next year’s Budget.

              If the Poole Town Football Club (PTFC) Stadium is built on Branksome Rec it will be in breach of Policy L9 of the Poole Local Plan. Local residents are forming an Branksome West Residents’ Association. There is to be a special Planning Committee meeting on 26/11/09 at Lighthouse to determine the PTFC application. One compromise being suggested is that 17% of Branksome Rec should be allocated for the Stadium and 83% given ‘Town Green’ status.


              6 St Osmonds Road – Rose Rogers believes that this property has been sold to Dave Wells. There appears to be lots of young people there which is causing local concerns. RR said that Andy Dearing, the Head of Planning Enforcement is investigating.

              There being no other AOB, JS closed closed at 8.45pm.

              Date of next meeting: The next meeting is Wednesday 11th November 2009 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm’s Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

              Next Area Committee Meeting will be on Wednesday 118th November at the Civic Centre.