Bob Lister, Jack Crewe and myself met earlier this week (11/4/17) with Anthony Rogers and Tracey Adams at the Beach Office
The following are the main points discussed…
Amalgamation of Poole and Bournemouth Beach organisations.
This is still at a very early stage and the full effects and organisation are not yet known. One action that has been taken is that Anthony has moved his position and is now in charge of major projects, he is no longer Tracey’s direct line manager. This honour has gone to a Bournemouth man called Chris Saunders, Anthony suggested that both he and Chris be invited to our next open meeting when more answers should be available.
Plans for Canford Cliffs following landslips.
A three month survey has been initiated to determine the effect of the cliff fall and possible ramifications. It is generally felt that this may not be long enough, especially as the weather is particularly dry at present and rainfall could be a major factor. All plans for beach hut renovation, tender for café etc will be put on hold until after results of this survey are known.
Likely to put plans for 2 storey huts back a year!
Huts closed due to landslip
The tenants of these huts have been notified and have had to vacate their huts for safety reasons. Compensation will be offered but this cannot be determined until the length of vacation is known. Alternative huts cannot be offered due to unavailability. PBHA asked that they be notified immediately of any such actions as closure such that they can keep their members up to date. Tracey will ensure we are the mailing list for such notifications
Cycling on the promenade
No action has yet to be taken to allow offenders to be fined as as is the case in Bournemouth. This is effectively on hold until the merger is sorted. Various other byelaws such as fishing, jet skis etc will also be looked to bring the two areas into line.
Recent Breakins. How effective is CCTV
Anthony pointed out that the CCTV system does not cover all areas and that identification of any culprits is difficult in most cases due to the length of overage and detail available. However, the cameras are constantly monitored and can provide ability to notify police of anything suspicious is observed.
Drain at Branksome Dean
We were notified that this problem has been resolved, to be checked
Out of use Taps.
One tap in particular will require £3500 of work to dig up the concrete foundations, reinstate the pipework and re concrete. Under current budget restraints and availability of other nearby taps, this is a very low priority
Four New Wooden Huts at Branksome Chine
These are likely to go ahead although no definitive time scale could be given at this point. Some street furniture will require moving but no definite plans have been drawn up yet
Wall at footpath 66.
This has been investigated and it is under private ownership as opposed to Council. Owner has been notified and asked to repair. Outcome not yet known. Footpath may need to be closed until action is taken. On-going
Shower at Branksome Chine
Council will not provide this. Sponsorship may be sought and Bob will follow up with Janet Oglali at Poole Council
Plans for beach Polo
These are underway. The format will be slightly different this year. No use of the arena will be made on the Sunday afternoon as in previous years but some form of concert will take place on the Sunday evening. Timescale for set up and take down will be as in previous years. Rent has been renegotiated upwards and will be published in the near future.
Open Meetings at Beach office
Tracey is to revert with some possible dates in the near future. To be followed up.
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Our AGM was on Wednesday 1st February, 7.30pm (not before, please) for 8pm start at Merley Community Centre http://www.merley.org.uk/
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This will be followed by a guest speaker and a panel of guests.
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Daily Emails to & from Tim Martin, BoP, Head of Legal & Democratic Services, Cllr Peter Adams, Chair of the Monitoring Standards Group are challenging, frustrating and time consuming. It is now 40 working days since we raised our Formal Complaint. Excuses are the Unity Authority Merger is keeping them busy!
29th July 2016 : We have this week, together with other group petitioners, issued a Formal Complaint to BoP re Proposed Parking Charge Council Procedures.
Because they say the O&S decision was rushed through! We have video evidence that the vote was taken after 59minutes of debate, hardly rushed!
At the 14th June Cabinet Meeting, despite being given a clear Mandate at last months Overview & Scrutiny Meeting to cancel any Proposed Pay & Display, they decided to defer a decision to September!
We wrote to the Leader, Chair Cllr Janet Walton expressing strong disgust and offering filmed evidence that far from being rushed, the 3 hour debate by 5 petitioners, 16 Ward Cllrs, 2 Transportation Officers, 13,824 signatures on Petitions, 4000 BoP ‘Have your Say” online (97% against) was not rushed.
- Watch this space!
Best Beach Hut Competition, please click on link below:
Proposed Beach Hut Pricing>2020 some 74% increases, when compounded!
At last nights ( 10th March) O&S Committee they approved these increases going forward to Cabinet.
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At Last weeks Cabinet Meeting, Councillors approved Consultation on Pay & Display on Roads Adjacent to Beaches. Roads affected are:
Sandbanks – Panorama Rd,
Salter Rd, Grasmere Rd, Seacombe Rd, Brownsea Rd.
Canford Cliffs – Brudenell Ave, Brudenell Rd,
Haven Rd (Part), Chaddesley Glen, Cliff Dr, St Clair Rd, Flaghead Rd, Beaumont Rd, Bodley Rd,
Branksome Park – Western Rd, Lakeside Rd, Buccleuch Rd, Ettrick Rd, Dalkeith Rd,
Westminster Rd, Pinewood Rd
Sustaining Poole Seafront Plan
Some of the content is good. but relating to Overnight Beach Hut Accommodation, the 2012 respondents said:
363 respondents commented on likes and dislikes…… Page 4, 5th Para*
“Overnight accommodation received a mixed response with generally more dislikes than likes. Whilst some people could see the benefit to tourism to having additional accommodation, others disliked this because of the potential issues that overnight stays on or around the beach could create ( eg antisocial behaviour, rubbish, overcrowding)”
Comments on Pages 11, 14 and 29 of the 36 page SPD Document are selective and not representative of the majority of views. Is the data being manipulated to achieve the aim of the council officers..not the ratepayers..it appears that way.
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