Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & District Residents Association Meeting April 2015



Terry Stewart (TS) John Sprackling (JS) Wayne Hancock (WH) Carol Parkin (CP) Mike Parkin (MP) Keith Alcroft (KA) John Gunton (JG) Roger Allen (RA)

Cllr Mrs May Haines (MH) Cllr Tony Woodcock

Approx 35 Members/Wardens
Chairman Vice-Chairman Secretary
Membership Secretary Keith Alcroft

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Canford Cliffs Ward Councillor Parkstone Ward Councillor


JS welcomed those present

Apologies: Apologies received from Cllr Peter Pawlowski, Martin Heath & Roy Pointer

Accuracy: JS said would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 11 MARCH 2015.. JS


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

  • Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments
  • Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – ditto
  • Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto
  • Old Orchard House – ditto
  • Land at West Quay Road – ditto

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:

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

Martello Corner, Martello Road (also known as 83 Canford Cliffs Road) – (Change of use of residential garage to dentists surgery} – No new developments

16 Western Avenue (Erection of Single Storey Garden Room) – the Planning Inspector has written to the Agent “If we have not received all your appeal documents by 23 April 2015 we may not be able to proceed and your appeal may be turned away.”
Community Working Group (CWG): Next meeting is to be held on 13 May WH 2015. Wayne Hancock has kindly volunteered to replace Terry Stewart.

Council Budget Monitoring report (2014/15) & 2015/16 Budget: As reported WM at the last meeting, the next Council Budget Monitoring Report (1 April to 31
March 2015) is unlikely to be presented to Cabinet until June 2015.

Public Rights of Way
Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No new developments. RD Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – ditto
Bessborough Road – ditto
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Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden): WH reported that work will begin again in WH the Sunken garden next week – Tuesday 14th April and WH would welcome any
new volunteers.

Community Engagement: No new developments. JS/TS

Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Farm: In the absence of Roy Pointer, JS drew RP attention to the postcards distributed with the Spring 2015 magazine inviting
residents to write to m. De Rivas <>, CEO of EDF Energy objecting to his companies plans to industrialise our coastline off Poole and Bournemouth.
Chairman’s note: It is ironic that the French government turned down plans to install Wind Turbines further off Mont St. MIchel, but EDF wants to desecrate our Jurassic coastline by putting the UK in breach of our only World Heritage natural site.

Road Safety concerns: Burton Road, Canford Cliffs Road & Accident at MH junction of Leicester Road, Bury Road and Wilderton Road – JG pointed out
that that he now holds the speed monitoring equipment and speed monitoring
can be carried out any time. He appealed to the meeting for more volunteers for

this – training would be given at the time.

Sustaining Poole’s Seafront (Formerly Seafront Beaches Master Plan
SPD): No new developments. TS

‘Party houses’ – JS reported that Colin Brade has kindly agreed to keep a
‘watching brief’ over this issue but does not want to take over the lead of the SC Party House Action Group.

Succession planning: No new developments. JS

Pine Drive – MH said that she is continuing to ‘chase’ the relevant officers. MH

Uniting the Conurbation (Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch) – JS JS reminded members of the supporters’ meeting to be held on Monday, 13th April
2015 at 7.30pm at the Wessex Room of Wessex Hotel, West Cliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EU.

Stan Alfert said that some money has been made available to LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) from the Government for initiatives which would possibly put Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch more under the control of Dorchester which he feels would increase the power of rural Dorset which would be completely different to the requirements of the conurbation.

TS added that the money involved was in fact for two different projects, including improving access to the Port of Poole & Bournemouth Airport Nevertheless, there is concern that there is a pressure to merge all the councils in Dorset, but it is very difficult to get information on this.

Cllr Tony Woodcock expressed concerns about the removal of powers from elected Local Authorities in favour of unelected ‘Quangos’, reminiscent of the Regional Development Agencies.

Refreshing the Core Strategy and review of Community Infrastructure
Levy (CIL): TS said that the Southern Poole Chairmen’s Group (a group of ten JS local Residents’ Associations) have put in formal responses to the Core
Strategy. Poole Town Centre Planning and Urban Design Draft SPD
and the Community Infrastructure Levy. The proposal, for instance, is that developers in Sandbanks will have to pay a CIL of £1300/sq. metre which is a massive increase over the £150/sq. metre at present.

‘Pines & Chines’ Spring 2015 magazine – The distribution of the magazine is No well underway and JS said that he was grateful to everyone who responded to further
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his e-mail and had called to collect their bundles from his home. Particular action thanks to Michael Parkin & John Gunton who assisted with the distribution of the
bundles to Wardens who are not on e-mail.

‘Hustings’ for May’s General/Local Elections – JS said that this item is not on All the Agenda but he reminder those present of this event to be held at All Saints Church Hall, Western Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 April 2015 – all
prospective MPs have agreed to attend, although the Vicar of All Saints is still
trying to persuade Robert Syms to attend.


JS reported
146 Canford Cliffs Road (Demolish existing chalet bungalow erect a 4-storey, with roof garden and basement parking (6 storeys in total) comprising 10 self contained flats) – Application refused on 30 July 2014 but is now subject to ‘Written representations’ appeal lodged on 27 August 2014. Planning Inspector’s site visit to take place the following day (09/04/15).

Norfolk Lodge Hotel, 1 Flaghead Road (Demolition of existing buildings and the construction of 18 apartments with basement car parking, landscaping, access and associated services) – Application approved by Planning Committee on 19 March 2015.

Other current planning issues

142 Canford Cliffs Road (Demolition of existing dwelling, the erection of 3 detached dwellings, the development and creation of additional access, and associated landscaping) – Application refused on 31/03/15.

2 Burton Road (Certificate of Lawfulness of existing use of building as a separate unit of residential accommodation) – Original application withdrawn but new application was registered on 12 January 2015.

16 Western Avenue (Erect Single Storey Garden Room (Partly Retrospective) – Application refused by Planning Committee on 20 January 2015.

Compton Acres, Canford Cliffs Road (Erection of building comprising 20 Apartments with basement parking; re-arrangement for the existing Compton Acres parking area, and demolition of the existing office building set within the current car park) – This site has been acquired by Ortus Homes a subsidiary of

JS has written expressing concerns concerned about the reduction in the agreed parking arrangements at Compton Acres. In a note dated 25/03/15 the planning officer has written to the Agent…

No.7 Provision & Parking. Whilst not requiring the submission of details to discharge this condition. I have noted a significant reduction in the level of parking across the scheme In order to comply with the condition please could, you provide details of how the reduction of circa 20 spaces has occurred how it could be overcome or mitigated for and what the arrangements for the allocation of residential parking are.”
McCarthy & Stone.


– JS reported that the total Association funds as at JS 28 February 2015 amounted to £34,716.09..


Open Day at Westbourne fire station – There will be an Open Day on 12 April 2015 10am to 4pm. All are very welcome.
All Road surface of Ravine Road – Mrs. Mackenzie brought up the issue of the roads in Canford Cliffs. She said she drives down Ravine Road several times a week and is appalled at the state of the road which is full of patches and potholes, and she asks why this can’t be considered for resurfacing. Several other members at the meeting agreed with her. Cllr. MH promised to investigate this.

Presentations by the prospective candidates standing in Canford Cliffs Ward – JS said that each candidates would be allowed to speak for four minutes in order to outline their hopes/aims and that there would be no follow-up questions, although would be an opportunity for members to meet candidates at the end of the meeting,

Chairman’s note: Since the meeting I have been advised that there are Labour and Green candidates standing in Canford Cliffs but I do not know the names of the individuals concerned.

Peter Pawlowski (Conservative) was unable to attend as he was on holiday.

Each candidate was introduced in alphabetical order.

David Baker (Liberal Democrat) – Mr Baker is on holiday but JS had agreed that Cllr Mike Brooke, the Leader of the Lib/Dem Group could speak in his place.

Cllr MB outlined what the Lib/Dem group stand for in Poole. They have been able to have a strong influence the decisions made by the Council, not least in maintaining Council Tax at its current level despite the proposal to increase this. The Lib/Dem party here in Poole put people first, for instance the old and vulnerable and young people. They want to build a stronger local community giving local people a say in the decision making process. A further important point is to improve the local environment and make Poole a beautiful place once again.

Geoff Chidley (& Jaqueline Bigwood (UKIP) – Neither Mr Chidley or Ms Bigwood could attend the meeting but JS had agreed that David Darling could speak in his place – David is standing in Penn Hill Ward.

David Darling began by thanking the Chair for this opportunity to speak for both Geoff Chidley and Jaqueline Bigwood who are UKIP representatives standing for election in the Canford Cliffs Ward. Both are unable to be here in person.

Mr. Darling moved to Poole from Surrey in the 1980’s, bought a boat, sailed the Atlantic and operated a charter business in the Caribbean for four years.

Mr. Darling would like to put something back into the community and joined UKIP. UKIP are putting forward 20 Councillor candidates and hope to provide more openness between residents and councillors. He would like to see more policing on the streets, sensible car parking, control over Party Houses, proper road surfacing. He would like to see all the political parties in Poole work together for the benefit of the people.

May Haines (Conservative)
Cllr. MH began by thanking the Chair for this opportunity to speak on her own behalf and spoke of her achievements during her term of office:

* Worked to maintain weekly black bin collections as this is a very important front line service for all

  Helped secure funding for Branksome Park Bowls Club so that much needed improvements could be made
  Worked robustly with Peter Pawlowski to compel officers to take action
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on party houses
 Worked closely with residents and Keith Alcroft on planning matters

If re-elected MH will continue to work on planning issues, road maintenance, speeding, party houses and work to maintain vital front line services as we face further cuts in funding in future years.

Mohan Iyengar (Conservative)

Mr. Iyengar commenced by telling the meeting something of his background. Four years as a broker in the City, A GM at British Airways, both in London and overseas, and since then he has been in a consulting capacity mainly improving value for money without making investments.

He has helped in various councils throughout Britain, government departments and in many businesses in the private sector.

He feels that he would be the ideal person as a local Councillor should he be elected. His experience in Customer Services and public services, especially as Canford Cliffs does not fit into the statistics as a ‘normal ward’ being an older, more dependent population, would be extremely useful. He also feels that his experience would be useful in our tourist industry.

Date of next Meeting: The next meeting will be AGM on Saturday 25 April 2015 at Canford Cliffs Village Hall at 10.30am

The meeting after that will be the second Wednesday in May, ie 13th May 2015.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm.
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