WWW PUBLIC FORUM – COUNCILLORS’ REPORT :


INTRODUCTION :

Our Wallisdown and Winton West Ward Public Forums remain in stasis owing to the Corona Virus restrictions but your Ward Councillors still wish to communicate with you through which ever medium suits you……we still buy stamps too !

Cllr Phillips’ Mayoralty has been ‘extended’ ( until 28th May 2021 ) as all Civic Ceremonies have been curtailed and indeed stopped since March 2020. We both work tirelessly for the Residents of our ward and appreciate all the BCP Officers do for all Residents especially in this most trying of times. Madam Mayor hopes things will have “returned to normal” long before then.
Many BCP Staff are working from home and some in front line activities have had to self-isolate as precautionary measures at times.

We greatly value our Public Forums and still remain determined to hear all your thoughts on observations on issues that effect you or your neighbours. Please contact us in the manner which is most convenient to you. Our contact details are at the end of this electronic letter.

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY ( CIL ) :

These monies still remain accessible to your Ward Councillors and we are endeavouring to refresh applications made under Bournemouth Council and in the early days of BCP Council.
We have recently had a new Community Noticeboard installed in Bascott Road* and the new large litter bins we have requested for the end of Daws Avenue and Vicarage Road ( where we wish to site another Community Noticeboard – with the agreement of the Head of Moordown St John’s School and the Vicar of Moordown St John’s Church , the Rev. Michael Smith ) and these projects we hope will NOT take so long to come to fruition……
The success of the drinking fountain which also caters lower to the ground for doggies at Slades Farm Active Dorset Pavilion has inspired us to look for more sites for these facilities.

*Our thanks to Community Carer Mrs Jacqui Vallard who never gave up asking us !!!

Play equipment for children gets tired after years of enthusiastic use so we are asking the relevant department Officers of BCP if there are any opportunities to renew , replace or add additional equipment where the sites prove suitable in our Ward.

We are also seeking to provide extra play equipment in the play park at Slades from the same fund. Hopefully , the LONG PROMISED “Speed Indicator Devices” WILL be installed using a separate fund…….recently confirmed.

Boulders Request for grass verge Glenmoor Close :
The Ward Councillors have submitted this request to CURE bad parking at school times
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BEFORE



AFTER

The Future of Bournemouth Learning Centre ,Ensbury Avenue :

WWW Ward Councillors were shocked to see there were advanced plans for a ‘change of use’ for the Bournemouth Learning Centre when it appeared mentioned in one line in cabinet papers just over a month ago. A firm demand for a ‘meeting’ on the important issue for our Residents was demanded , and granted.
We have since had two further detailed briefings on the issue.

Our first concern was that this busy road would have FOUR schools virtually side by side.

From a Councillors’ point of view , we were made aware that the building was originally built as a ‘special school’ and only ceased to be such in 2000. Circa 200 Staff work ‘out of’ the BLC , most off-site but the building is a multi-use meeting , conference , training , office hub – and of course the number of traffic movements associated with such an operation. Councillors only just discovered that some historic parking permits for staff are still operating


in the Slades car park and some of ‘our’ staff’s cars could have been and probably were assumed to be ‘Uni’ vehicles when we set about bringing in the new parking scheme to ensure mainly Park users had advantage of the spaces provided for them ( three hours for free ).

Below , we have included a specific briefing condensing the main points in this project and the fact that the operators of the new High Needs School ( of which BCP are under great pressure to indeed provide more places ) AMBITIONS ACADEMY TRUST will be conducting the public consultation which will start on 1st September for six weeks. When you receive your consultation paper , do take the time to read it and reply.
Ambitions Academy will then submit their paper to the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Head Teachers’ Board for theirs and the DfE’s perspectives on their plans.
AAT already operate the “Nigel Bowes Centre” ( Primary ) next door for that age group’s ‘high needs’ educational requirements and when the internal redesigns have been completed some operations will be shared. There is no expected exterior building works other than the fencing for the outside grass play area as referred to further below. BCP Parks Dept have advised on this aspect of the project and have no objections as the grass area , having been part of the original school receives no obvious direct usage and amounts to 1.4% of the available open public space there.

TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS :
This was the Ward Councillors’ immediate and most serious concern , but the 200 staff working there at present will be relocated to various venues across the BCP area and with only 60 pupils and expected ration of staff , traffic movements will be , seemingly , much less with most pupils themselves bused into and away from the site.

Ward Councillors will seek answers on any specific questions Residents raise of course.

Proposal for change of use back to a special school ( Secondary school age ) for the Bournemouth Learning Centre , Ensbury Avenue :

Current position

  • The proposal to convert the BLC building into a special school has been agreed by Cabinet and Full Council.
  • The proposed provider, Ambitions Academy Trust (AAT), is developing its business case for the satellite provision to the Regional Schools Commissioner (the decision maker).  AATs public consultation will take place 4 September to 15 October, with a provisional decision by the Headteachers’ Board of 16 November.
  • Children’s Services, Environment and AAT are working together to identify how to minimise any impact locally in terms of traffic.  However, there should be less vehicular movements each day as the number of pupils and staff combined is about half the number of officers currently operating out of the building.

Further work is underway with the provider to scope the works required to meet the need of the pupils.  This work has identified two additional aspects:

  1. outside playing space

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in the Slades car park and some of ‘our’ staff’s cars could have been and probably were assumed to be ‘Uni’ vehicles when we set about bringing in the new parking scheme to ensure mainly Park users had advantage of the spaces provided for them ( three hours for free ).

Below , we have included a specific briefing condensing the main points in this project and the fact that the operators of the new High Needs School ( of which BCP are under great pressure to indeed provide more places ) AMBITIONS ACADEMY TRUST will be conducting the public consultation which will start on 1st September for six weeks. When you receive your consultation paper , do take the time to read it and reply.
Ambitions Academy will then submit their paper to the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Head Teachers’ Board for theirs and the DfE’s perspectives on their plans.
AAT already operate the “Nigel Bowes Centre” ( Primary ) next door for that age group’s ‘high needs’ educational requirements and when the internal redesigns have been completed some operations will be shared. There is no expected exterior building works other than the fencing for the outside grass play area as referred to further below. BCP Parks Dept have advised on this aspect of the project and have no objections as the grass area , having been part of the original school receives no obvious direct usage and amounts to 1.4% of the available open public space there.

TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS :
This was the Ward Councillors’ immediate and most serious concern , but the 200 staff working there at present will be relocated to various venues across the BCP area and with only 60 pupils and expected ration of staff , traffic movements will be , seemingly , much less with most pupils themselves bused into and away from the site.

Ward Councillors will seek answers on any specific questions Residents raise of course.

Proposal for change of use back to a special school ( Secondary school age ) for the Bournemouth Learning Centre , Ensbury Avenue :

Current position

  • The proposal to convert the BLC building into a special school has been agreed by Cabinet and Full Council.
  • The proposed provider, Ambitions Academy Trust (AAT), is developing its business case for the satellite provision to the Regional Schools Commissioner (the decision maker).  AATs public consultation will take place 4 September to 15 October, with a provisional decision by the Headteachers’ Board of 16 November.
  • Children’s Services, Environment and AAT are working together to identify how to minimise any impact locally in terms of traffic.  However, there should be less vehicular movements each day as the number of pupils and staff combined is about half the number of officers currently operating out of the building.

Further work is underway with the provider to scope the works required to meet the need of the pupils.  This work has identified two additional aspects:
1. outside playing space

A very small area of outside space is part of the BLC site (approx. 490 sq. M).  It was anticipated that outside playing space in the adjoining school could be utilised, however further assessment has identified that the space is insufficient to allowing the zoning of areas.  The possibility of using a small section of Slades Farm land, which is public open space, is being explored.

The attached plan shows the area of land identified at Slades Farm (and an satellite photo in case helpful):

  •  approximately 1,940 sq. M located between the velodrome and the BLC
  • It is proposed that a strip of land along the side of the paths of approximately 1 metre is left so that users of the path in Slades Farm do not feel hemmed in and allows room for cyclists using the paths (NB this is difficult to show on a 1:1250 plan as it is the thickness of an edging line)
  • This would remove from public use a section of open space, however due to the location of the land the loss of amenity to the local community would be relatively small.  The area of land is a small section of the overall site (approx 1.4% of the site), it is a section of land to one corner and users of Slades Farm will still be able to walk around the velodrome.
  • This proposal will require BCP Council to give formal notice of its intention to dispose of the public open space and consider any objections to the proposed disposal under Section 123(2A) of the Local Government Act 1972

Fence would be ‘ergonomic green’ and outside space will have no permissions for any ‘building(s) in the future……

  1. Planning permission for a fence

To ensure the safety of pupils a fence will need to be installed at the rear (i.e. of the additional land as described above if this is agreed).  This will require planning permission as it will need to be 2.4 M high (the fence at the neighbouring Nigel Bowes Centre is also 2.4 M high, the current BLC perimeter fence is 1.8 M).  Children’s and Environment colleagues are discussing how to ensure the fencing is in keeping with the area, and as described above the proposal is that the fence would be set back from the path around the velodrome.

Public consultation

It is proposed that public consultation by the provider, the notice of the intended disposal of public open space and the notice regarding planning permission are aligned so that the local community can understand and consider the totality of what is being proposed.end

Extra Information :

This new High Needs School is an extension for secondary provision for Longspee School in Poole and the AAT has a proven and trusted operational record within the BCP area already.

If all processes proceed to schedule , and the Public Consultation does not throw up any legal obstacles , the redesigned ( internally ) building could be operating for its intended original purpose by Easter 2021 , if not by September 2021.

As all work is internal there will be no heavy plant accessing the site.
Main internal work is ‘circulation space’ , toilets and the removal of the ‘not fit for purpose’ Conservatory.

The outside space required is unavoidable as pupil age ranges for both sides of the building differ.

The height of the fenced area will be commensurate with neighbouring and all other site fencing i.e. 2.4m.

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding Boundary roundabout highway improvement works.

I’m sorry to hear the difficulties you have been experiencing obtaining information about BCP schemes. I will pass this feedback onto our communications team.

To provide further context to why we are implementing these changes I thought it may be of interest to explain that in the six-year period from 2013 to 2018, there were 22 reported collisions on the roundabout, resulting in 22 casualties. 77% of which involved cyclists, 95% involved vulnerable road users (cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists). In addition, there have also been 10 collisions reported on Talbot Avenue within this time period.

The main objectives of the scheme are to reduce collision on the roundabout and enhance pedestrian and cycle facilities. I have attached some plans which hopeful provides a better understanding of our intentions. 
In relation to your comments about the scheme I will try to address them one by one:

  1. Boundary Road – removal of existing uncontrolled crossing. 
  2. The existing uncontrolled island will be removed and a new controlled toucan crossing installed 20m back from the new roundabout, to provide a safer link around the roundabout. The new roundabout is considerably smaller than the a existing, providing space to install wide shared pedestrian/cycle facilities around the roundabout and plant trees and wildflowers to enhance the environment
  1. Talbot Avenue
  2. The proposed living fence will be 1.2m high consisting of wire mesh covered in ivy. Please see attached plan Z5156-300-001 for further details.
  • The new living fence will replace the current splitter island, with no gaps for pedestrians to cut through, reducing the temptation for pedestrians to cross the carriageway inappropriately and therefore reduce potential collisions.
  • The existing pedestrian crossing is to be removed and a new Toucan crossing installed 20m from the new roundabout. The new position of the crossing is on the desire line and will provide a continuous off road link
  • around the roundabout.  The footpath on the north side of Talbot Avenue will be widened to 5m to provide a shared cycle/pedestrian route. Talbot Avenue will remain 4 lanes, however the lane widths will be reduced to 3m each, to encourage lower traffic speeds. 
  • There will be temporary bus stops on Talbot Avenue during the works. There is no indentation at the present time to provide an uncontrolled crossing on Talbot Avenue as we believe the new toucan crossing will provide a safe place to cross. We may look to install a second crossing on the east of Talbot Avenue near Talbot Roundabout as part of future works.
  • The contractor is expected to undertake the works with due care and take reasonable steps to protect all existing boundaries, I will emphasise the existing stone wall to the contractor.
  • Diversion routes for the works will be in place, signed in accordance with TSRGD/Chapter 8 and regularly monitored.

I will pass your suggestion of a zebra crossing at Talbot Avenue roundabout to our Road Safety team for consideration.

Marie Barnsley IEng FIHE
Project Engineer
Growth & Infrastructure

BASCOTT ROAD COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD : Taking under two years (!) from a “Community Infrastructure Levy” bid submitted by Ward Councillors from BOURNEMOUTH Council – now BCP Council of course – and inspired by local Community Champion and Carer Mrs Jacqui Vallard , Bascott Road finally have their Community Notice Board.
It will be populated and refreshed with WWW Public Forum Chair , Local Councillors and Mrs Vallard herself holding the keys.
( We are apllying for a similar one in Vicarage Road.

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ALL pothole in Vicarge Road should now be filled , thanks to eagle-eyed reporting by Residents there.

PARKING ON VERGES :

This has proven a very hot topic and appears prominently in a “Enforcement Dossier” which Conservative Councillors have been working on over the last FIVE YEARS ! It is now 72 pages long. Conservative Councillors from Boscombe East Ward and others across the old Bournemout Council Wards have been and remain involved and despite there being no Environment & Transport Committee under BCP Council , the Chair and other members of

Part ONE of TWO……continued……..

WWW PUBLIC FORUM Councillors’ Report Part TWO of TWO – July 2020

continued…..

that Committee remain dedicated to continuing the work which still sees Residents’ complaints landing on our desks.

Pictures above illustrate the situation and our roads DO still have ‘no parking on verge’ and ‘Verge Parking Penalty’ signs in situ. We are now hopeful with a new Parking & Enforcement review taking place and some strenuous depositions by Conservative Councillors that new robust action is now taking place………

A Resident of Daws Avenue has given us renewed energy on this issue and his reporting has assisted the debate. We await with interest the progress on that issue in that particular road.

Parks Dept and Councillors met with Stuart Ross , new Commercial Director of Bournemouth “The Poppies” FC to discuss the Council’s assistance in maintenance issues and relaying with an FA grant of the pitch with new fencing. It was a most productive meeting and it is hopeful now great progress will be made with this important community asset.

GRAFFITI , UNIVERSITY SUBWAY :
This was reported by local Councillors and it was cleaned off imeediately only for more to appear within 48 hours. This too has been reported for immediate action.

COUNCILLORS LITTER PICK : 130 items collected and correctly disposed off.

VICTORIA PARK ROAD – EXPERIMENTAL TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER*:
A previous attempt to allevaite traffic bottle-neck delays into Victoria Avenue were withdrawn after a co-ordinated and forceful deposition by Residents that they did NOT want any such change(s).

With Government Covid countermeasures seeing projects sped through…..the full scheme for Victoria Park Road is about to go out for Public Consultation.
WWW Ward Councillors have already registered our reservations with the anticipation that Residents there will perhaps ‘challenge’ the scheme.
Councillors’ concerns again are the very short ( summer holiday ) ‘lead times’ but it is driven by Government guidelines…….

Some perspective :

“The planned *ETRO for Victoria Park Ave is part of a step change intervention to encourage the take up of sustainable travel.  The DfT Emergency Sustainable Travel Grant is quite explicit about wanting step change of this type and therefore this agenda is ultimately coming from Central Government.  The current Council administration appears strongly in favour of that agenda too, which in fairness also aligns with current Local Transport Policy.  Such measures are a more progressive approach and of course ultimately it is a question of politics as to how quickly or vigorously one pursues such an agenda.

NB :ETRO is a consultation process in itself, it is experimental or trial in its very nature.  Also the plan would be to review after 6 months although it is true the experiment could extend for up to 18 months.”

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REDHILL & NORTHBOURNE WARD , BCP “FOX CAFÉ” LICENCE APPLICATION
Licensing Sub-Committee , 16th June 2020

( This is included in our WWW Ward Councillors’ report as many attendees of the Public Meeting prior to the Licensing Committee meeting were from WWW Ward ) :

Application for a New Premises Licence Fox Café Redhill Avenue
Meeting date 31 March 2020 – postponed until 16 June 2020
Status : Public Report Executive summary Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council
Parks Department have made an application for a new premises licence to allow regulated entertainment Monday to Sunday 11:00 to 22:00 hours and the supply of alcohol Monday to Sunday 12:00 to 22:00 hours.

WWW and R&N Conservative Councillors have paid attention to this application and from the Residents who replied to the Public Consultation and those from both Wards who attended the public meeting prior to the Committee hearing.

The Licensing Authority has received representations from Dorset Police and 23 other persons, in respect of this application under the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, public nuisance and “protection of children from harm” licensing objectives. The Licensing Authority may only consider aspects relevant to the application that have been raised in the representation. Where representations have been received in relation to an application by a responsible authority or any other person, and the concerns have not been resolved through mediation between all parties, the Scheme of Delegation set out in the Council’s Constitution states that these applications should be dealt with by the Licensing Sub-Committee.

Minutes:

The Chairman explained the protocol detailing the procedures of the meeting, as attached to the Agenda and asked that it be agreed.  All participating parties agreed the procedure.

Attendance:

From BCP Council:

Trudi Barlow – Licensing Officer

Nananka Randle– Licensing Manager (observing)

Linda Cole – Legal Advisor to the Sub Committee

Nicky Hooley – Democratic Services Officer and Clerk to the Sub Committee

Darren Roser – Applicant BCP Parks

Michael Rowland – Applicant BCP Parks

Gareth Gosling – ResponsibleAuthority Dorset Police

Louise Busfield– Responsible Authority Dorset Police

Councillor Jackie Edwards – representing residents.

The Licensing Officer presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix ‘A’ to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Councillors were asked to consider an application made by Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council Parks Department, for a new premises licence to allow regulated entertainment Monday to Sunday 11:00 to 22:00 hours and the supply of alcohol Monday to Sunday 12:00 to 22:00 hours.

The applicant, Mr Rowland addressed the Sub-Committee.

Councillor Edwards addressed the Sub-Committee, on behalf of two residents, who lived near to the site, who had concerns regarding the application.

The Sub-Committee asked various questions of all parties present at the Hearing. All parties were given the opportunity to ask questions of one another. All parties were then able to sum up before the Sub-Committee retired to make its decision.

Right of Appeal

The Legal Advisor reported that all parties to the application have the right to Appeal to the Magistrates Court within the period of 21 days beginning with the day on which the Applicant is notified by the Licensing Authority of this decision in writing.  

It was RESOLVED to grant the application for a premises licence for Fox Café, Redhill Avenue Bournemouth, with conditions as set out in section M of the operating schedule of the application.

In addition the following conditions were added:

a)    The CCTV provision must cover the whole of the licensed area; and

b)    A noise limiter be installed, and a maximum noise level be agreed, in consultation with Pollution Control, for events where amplified music is played. 

Reasons for decision:

The sub-committee were satisfied that the application did not undermine the licensing objectives, and if run in accordance with the operating schedule would not cause noise nuisance or anti-social behaviour to local residents who had raised concerns.

The sub-committee welcomed clarification from the applicant that any drinks supplied to the outdoor area will not be supplied in glass; about the size of the premises and the type of function that may be booked. They noted that no application had been made for supply of alcohol to be consumed off the premises and the applicant was no longer applying to be licensed for indoor sporting events. 

There is an expectation that any risk assessment undertaken in respect of a pre-booked function will be very thorough and adequate staffing will be in place at all times, to deal responsibly, not only with functions but when the premises are open to the public.

The sub-committee noted that Sgt Gosling’s main concern was in respect of any pre-booked evening functions and he advised that the majority of ASB in the recreation ground occurred in the evening. They welcomed the amendments to the application made after the meeting with the Police and set out in paragraph 4 of the report namely to remove the old bowling green from the licensable area and add the following conditions:

a)    The serving of alcohol is ancillary to the purchase of food;

b)    Only food purchased at the Fox Café to be consumed on site;

c)     Any activity after 7pm will be a pre-booked function only, with alcohol served until 10pm only.  The premises to be closed by 10.30pm; and

d)    There shall be half hourly checks of the licensed area.

The sub-committee however, felt that concerns raised by the Police during the hearing, in relation to CCTV coverage needed to be addressed within the premises licence to ensure the

whole licensable area is covered by CCTV, and to assist staff in keeping control and effectively managing the whole of the premises, where alcohol was to be consumed.

The sub-committee acknowledged concerns raised by local residents in relation to noise levels, especially where amplified music may be played and therefore thought it proportionate that a noise limiter be installed to ensure amplified music levels do not cause a noise nuisance and disturb local residents.

Voting: Unanimous.”

Cllr Hedges was able to discuss with BCP Parks Officers more recently about the ‘loss’ of the bowling green at Redhill and the Café licence as noted above. The practicality and affordability of many traditional sporting offers across the country by Councils have seen great changes in demand and financial viability , or otherwise , which results in community assets having to alter their offer to cater for modern needs.
It is regrettable that any traditional offer and pastime that is lost might not return , of course , and the concern expressed by Residents to all Conservative Councillors on such applications were represented and recorded.

Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a survey asking residents about their experiences of anti social behaviour.

The survey asks residents whether they have been victims of anti social behaviour, how much of a problem they think it is in their area and whether they believe it’s got worse or better in recent years.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, who is launching the survey today, hopes to gain a broader understanding of the issue across Dorset and how it affects residents’ lives.

To complete the survey please click on the following link:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DorsetASBsurvey

He said: “Anti social behaviour can make people’s day to day lives a misery and can have a devastating impact on individuals and communities.

“I’ve heard many stories about people’s lives being ruined by incidents of nuisance and disorder, so I’m launching the survey to understand the problem in more detail.”

The survey will also look into what types of anti social behaviour residents think Dorset Police should prioritise, as well as whether people who have experienced problems have reported them to the police and other agencies.

The police take responsibility for certain kinds of anti social behaviour – such as threatening or drunken behaviour and buying drugs on the street – with organisations such as local authorities and housing associations dealing with a range of other incidents, such as barking dogs and noisy neighbours.

The survey will also look into people’s understanding of which organisations they should contact when reporting different types of anti social behaviour.

Findings will be used to plan future strategies helping the police work with organisations to tackle the problem as well as to brief the county’s next Police and Crime Commissioner after forthcoming elections.

Mr Underhill previously announced he would not stand in the elections, which were originally supposed to take place in May but were postponed until May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “We’re trying to get responses from as wide a range of people as possible – including people who have been victims of anti social behaviour as well as those who may have been perpetrators.

“It’s also important that we get the views of younger people, as they are often affected by many of these problems.”

Police would like to make you aware of the following scam which has occurred in your area.We have received a report of a recent telephone scam. The call is a recorded message and claims to be from The HMRC. The message states that a fraud has been committed by the recipients HMRC account and instructs the recipient to press 1 otherwise a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
Should anyone receive similar contact, please report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk
Follow this link to the Dorset Police website for crime prevention advice – https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/
Message Sent By
Barry Elford (Police, PCSO 5192, Bournemouth East, North South)

Cllr Nigel P. Hedges                                            
07941 562 886
nigel.hedges@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Susan Phillips
Clair Susan Phillips

Cllr Susan Phillips
 Mayor of Bournemouth, May 2019 – 2021
 07081 072 004
susan.phillips@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Minutes from Residents Public Meeting Saturday 18th January 2020 10.30am at Slades Park Pavilion

Minutes from Residents Public Meeting Saturday 18th January 2020 10.30am at Slades Park Pavilion

Meeting opened at 10.35am.
Chairperson informed the residents of the evacuation procedures.

Apologies: Carole and Terence Earle, Peter Herbert, Kathy Moore
Jacqui Vallard, Nicky and David Howard.
Apologies from the Police Neighbourhood team, no one is available to attend the meeting due to the current shift patterns

Previous minutes were not agreed. Will approve at the next meeting.
No matters arising from the previous meeting.

Chairman proposed that from July that the meetings to start at 10.00am instead of 10.30am.
Residents present agree for future meetings, from Sturday 25th July 2020, will start at 10.00am

Chairman Introduced Mayor Cllr Susan Phillips and Cllr Nigel Hedges for Ward Councillors report. And thanked the Mayor for her attendance today

Councillors Report:

The wishes for a ‘happy new year’ and continued contact over the Christmas period was greatly appreciated by your ward Councillors.
Thank you for thinking of us.
ISSUES (in no particular order):


  • Egregious parking at the top of Vicarage Road – this continues perpetrated by the carpet store on the corner of Ensbury park Road. Parking & Enforcement have now nearly three dozen pictures of pavement parking and other ‘seeming’ infringements’ putting our residents, school children and local blind people at risk. I have made it clear now up to BCP Executive Director Level that I am unhappy and impatient.
    However , it has been proposed even aside from the CIL monies ( still delayed ! ) that bicycle racks could be installed on these corners quickly and cheaply so I am pushing for that solution.

works to be started 27th January 2020 , so success !
I have included Oswald Road in that ‘campaign’ and will continue to push both Residents/Parents’ issues with vigour Cutting of hedges : Forsyth Gardens and Acres Road.
Again, unbelievable delay in any ‘action’.
There are mitigating factors in Acres Road still to be untangled……but Forsyth Gardens sees demands and support for the cutting of Bock 1’s hedging by Councillors , Residents , Housing Manager Kinson Hub , Conservative PCC Candidate and the local NPT Police Sargent.
It is astounding that again , some of these issues are taking over six months even without general elections and other larger international issues.

  • Yellow Lines : there is now more than one consultation for yellow lining along corners of Ensbury Avenue (which have been requested by Councillors since before one of us was elected!) – the “sight line” issue is the main driver for reducing risk in this area.

    https://www.bournemouthtraffweb.co.uk/consult/main.html

P16 – Ensbury Avenue BH10 4EU Waiting prohibited at any time on the northern side extend the double yellow lines 15 metres around the junction with Slades Farm Road and Cornish

Victoria Park Road:  has new proposals too but this is being resisted by residents. Traffic queues back from the Y Junction leading to the Boundary Road lights but it’s the cars turning right that hold back the parents at school times.
Councillors will support the objections and the Road safety Team are already aware of the Residents’ efforts to stop this scheme.
Objection to P16 2018 Victoria Park Road no waiting proposal

WINTON HIGH STREET PROPOSALS:
A meeting has already been held and I have reported back some details to some Residents’ who had previously expressed concerns about ‘their high street’. The proposals concern improving the public realm, greater pedestrian safety and a ‘greening’ of the area.
It does not seem to cover day-to-day cleansing issues. Councillors have asked the Streets Team about the ‘street operatives’ ( hand carts and brushes ) and how they work for an outsourced company and what rounds/duties they are expected to perform.
WE will feed back more detail at the next meeting.

“Our vision is for an overall shared scheme with defined walkways and roadways.”
We would like WHS to be greener.
We would like a focal point of Winton (Heart, Centre-point).
We would like street furniture to be moved to create a more generous pedestrian space, for community activities. 
We feel the design needs to make WHS safer for people to cross the road. The vision is for a more permeable roadway between the two pavement walkways where people might cross and cross between different shops and different cafes via controlled and uncontrolled crossings.
There needs to be more places to sit. We would also like to consider multi-purpose Street furniture. We would like to create a community environment where people might like to sit outside cafes.
Art which is relevant and meaningful to the locality is very important to this scheme. Artwork and installations need to be integrated into and layered into the environment/culture and not add-ons. We would like to leave gaps for artists to do street art, create interest and add to the sense of place.
The pavement should be improved and be consistent.
Traffic calming should be considered.
We are open to the idea of closing some side roads.
Material selections need to be sustainable.
We would like a calm environment where cyclists and pedestrians interact in a safer way.  This could be achieved via design solutions which encourage co-operative behaviour across the public realm / street scene.
We would like to improve the street lighting to create a warmer feel. We would like to consider light up of some of the architectural features. We would like lighting to contribute both to the sense of place and to the sense of safety.
We would like to ensure that there is access to changing facilities and toilets for diverse communities accessing WHS.
Parking should not be increased but it needs to be in the right place.
Bus stops need to be positioned in the right place. We would like to be easier for people to use bus stops and access buses. There are particular spaces where this is difficult for example the post office.
Consideration could be given to the provision of electric charging points for cars in some of the car parks.

Councillors are asking through the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade if any Winton Businesses are involved at this stage. I am sure a Residents’ Group would also be able to contribute……

  • LEAF MULCH : the usual calls from Residents concerning leaf build up around drains leading to blocking and flooding have been light but regular as the Council’s schedule often sees clearances very shortly after the reports – which shows amazing alacrity and efficiency….with 1m trees in Bournemouth alone , that’s a lot of leaves.
    Norton Road and Firs Glen Road have had visits and reports in from Councillors in recent weeks.
  • Residents from Forsyth Gardens have asked for lighting in, around and across Slades Park. The Talbot Village Trust and the Universities have been having discussions with BCP Conservation Officers about lighting the better and ever improving pathways across the woods there and Councillors are involved in asking for progress.
    The 3G floodlit football pitches ( Active Dorset and BU ) have just been opened behind the school(s) so more activity and more light sees a less safe haven for those who have ASB intentions. Our gallant Residents (unofficial ‘park guardians’) and our intrepid dog walkers are vigilant and most appreciated sentinels reporting to the authorities usually quite quickly anything that seems amiss.
    The new Pavilion here too seems to have helped see a reduction of activities needing reporting.
  • Graffiti on the bridge – the Council dedicated graffiti removal team attend to remove the graffiti


Questions that arose at the meeting;

  • Is there a schedule to clear drains from the leaves? The council will work around the borough to clear drains when the leave fall has finished.
  • The path between the two buildings in the park: will this be reinstated? This is still being discussed, no answer at present.
  • Improved lighting in Slades Farm Park – Discussions are taking place on how best to do this, but it will take time.
  • There was a long discussion on the parking issues within the ward, one particular area was the Yellow lines consultation as stated by the ward councillors – Agencies are doing all they can to encourage other forms of transport to reduce car journeys, such as, Beryl Bikes and Buses.
  • Wallisdown Road – Councillors went through the Wallisdown road development, the pathways, cycle lane and Boundary Road roundabout.

The Chairperson thanked the Ward Councillors

Cllr Phillips informed residents that the next Crime Prevention meeting will be held on 11th February 2020, 2.30pm at Ensbury Park Library, Columbia Road.

Amanda Nicholls – Communities Team, BCP Council, informed residents about a new consultation for the community engagement Strategy. The communities’ team are visiting all 33 wards across BCP to ensure we reach a variety of residents, businesses etc.
Ensuring that everybody in our diverse communities has the opportunity to get involved and help shape and influence council services in their local area is a priority for BCP Council.  

We’d really like your views on draft Community Engagement and Consultation Principles we have put together to show how we plan to engage and consult with our communities. We’d also like to find out how you currently get involved with BCP Council and what would encourage you to have your say. This is so we can offer a range of ways for you to get involved.
We also ask about your local area identity, what existing local groups you’re aware of and what could work better, so we can consider what arrangements may be needed across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Once we have heard your views through the consultation, we will draft the Community Engagement and Consultation Strategy to reflect this, so your views will make a difference.
Paper copies can be found in all BCP Libraries, or the survey can be completed online.
socsi.in/0wK63

Hope for Food – Hope for Food is a local charity based in Bournemouth set up and run entirely by Volunteers.
We also distribute surplus food that is regularly donated by Marks and Spencer Castlepoint and Westbourne, Waitrose Winton, Co-op, Greggs, and Pret a Manger.  On top of this we also have a number of local businesses that donate food when they can.

We serve between 65 and 85 clients each session. Our principal aim is to ensure that homeless and disadvantaged people in Bournemouth get some hot food and drinks each week, throughout the year, whatever the weather conditions.
We will attend the next forum meeting to explain our work in more details, but here is the website https://www.hopeforfood.org.uk/

Prama Life and Hope in the Community – Tess Champion
The projects aim is to reduce loneliness and Isolation, they work with churches to raise people awareness of what is happening in communities.  Churches have over 100 activities in our communities and during the holidays there are activities with lunches for about £5.00.

  • At the last census 18% of Bournemouth population were 65+ (16.4%)
  • Nearly 6100 residents are over 85-year-old
  • Age UK say that 10% of over 65s are lonely (around 3,600 for Bournemouth), one third over 75s usually spend more than 12 hours a day on their own, 40% of older people in the UK say that their TV is their main company
  • Three quarters of over 65s say they would find it hard to admit being lonely as they do not want to be a burden.
  • This is why – ‘the thought of making a new friend is daunting’, ‘loneliness is horrible, it’s changed me’, of course I’m lonely, I don’t like living alone, ‘the television is my friend, but lately it is awful’, I had one week where I did not see a soul’, there is not enough to live for’.
  • It is very hard to get lonely people to integrate.
  • There are churches all over Bournemouth
  • They have resources and equipment
  • We are aiming to encourage churches to work together to save everyone’s time
  • Raising awareness of what they do. 40 churches – 100 groups
  • There is nothing in this ward yet, but have Kinson
  • We need your feedback and ideas
  • We want to work with individuals and other organisations
  • Have dementia friends and dementia friends

David Sidwick, PCC Candidate –  He expressed the chance to help improve the Dorset Police Force with the government’s intention to increase the police personnel over the next 3 years.

The Chairman Thanked everyone for coming along today.

Residents and councillors letters


Gentlemen.
Thank you for pushing through with the pavement works along Wallisdown Road.They are excellent and I cycle along the south side each day to get my daily papers.My bike has never gone so smoothly of so fast !
Many thanks ,


Councillor Nigel P. Hedges
BCP Council
Wallisdown and Winton West Ward
Day : Bourne Engraving
1 Granville Place
off Yelverton Road
Bournemouth BH1 1DP
Tel : (mon-sat) 01202 555922
(Mobile) : 07941 562886
nigel.hedges@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

WWW Councillors’ Report for Public Forum APRIL 2020 :

In these challenging times, all Councillors are grateful for the amazing efforts of all our BCP Staff. They have put together so many new emergency contingency and action plans, giving selflessly for the benefit and protection of all our Residents.If anyone you know needs help, we can get this information to their letter boxes very quickly if you cannot pass it on directly.

WARD ISSUES :
Cllr Susan Phillips’ Mayoral Year has been interrupted of course and we all await the time when the Bournemouth Mayoralty resumes its fantastic work for the Communities around Bournemouth and beyond.
Cllr Phillips’ remains constantly in touch and available for all Ward issues.
In no particular order, here are issues which have required attention and in many cases achieved resolution…….

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR / Noise from Homes of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs ) : Cllr Hedges has had ongoing and regular dialogue with Bournemouth University Community Liaison Officer Ian Jones. He has direct engagement with Talbot Village Trust as do WWW Ward Councillors. Residents often report noise issues from HMOs and whilst some are indeed BU students, many are not.
From BU’s Mr Ian Jones: “One ( ASB/noise case ) recently that went to court in Talbot Road were Arts University students. One more recently were indeed BU students. They were served a “Noise Abatement Notice” and were then served a formal notice to go to court. They now have criminal records. This was the first student prosecution in this academic year
( which has now been truncated of course nph ) – there have been several Non-Student prosecutions in this time…..
This academic year there have been less NANs served across the conurbation which is encouraging. There are of course now MORE HMOs but many are not BU student homes.”

Your Councillors hope this is of some encouragement to Residents.
BESWICK AVENUE : Cllr Hedges visited residents there and as a consequence , visits from the BCP ASB Team and communications from BU and the BU Police saw the disturbances virtually stop overnight ( including bins left in the road ).
It is vital all residents inform us of these issues and also report it to :
ask@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

WALLISDOWN ROAD WORK HAS BEEN DELAYED OWING TO UNCERTAINING IN RESOURCES AND MANPOWER TO COMPLETE THE WORK SPEEDILY AND EFFICIENTLY.
PAVEMENT WORK HAS PROGRESSED DURING APRIL.

https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Articles/Preliminary-improvement-works-to-commence-at-Boundary-Roundabout.aspx

Preliminary improvement works to commence at Boundary Roundabout
Works to prepare for future improvements at Boundary Roundabout are due to start week commencing Monday 27 January and last for 3-4 days. The improvements all form part of a wider scheme to create better transport links across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and follow on from the work that has been taking place on Wallisdown Road since Autumn 2019.

 The preliminary works involve the felling of several trees. The trees are being removed to enable the roundabout to be reduced in size, which form part of the future improvement  plans. A tree replacement programme will ensure new trees are planted around the roundabout as part of the project. 

 The plans for Boundary Roundabout include:  • Removing the existing roundabout and replacing it with a smaller one to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety
• Installing Toucan Crossings on Wallisdown Road and Boundary Road near to the roundabout to provide safer controlled crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists
• Installing combined footpaths/cycle ways around the roundabout
• Removing the existing pedestrian crossing on Talbot Avenue and replacing it with a toucan crossing closer to the roundabout
• Widening the footpath on the north-side of Talbot Avenue to create a combined
footpath/cycleway between Boundary and Talbot Roundabouts
• Improving the existing footpath/cycleway on the south-side of Talbot Avenue

Plans for Boundary Roundabout play a vital part in improving our local transport links across the three towns. This area is an accident blackspot, especially for collisions involving people on bikes. With over 24,000 vehicles using Wallisdown Road daily, the development will make this route safer and more viable for all road users, at an important location for a more accessible travel around our local area. 

 Loss of trees on Boundary Roundabout :
The treework was essential, and that more trees of similar species will be planted to replace those being removed. Improving sustainable transport options at this key location is also part of our Climate Emergency commitments. ( Eighteen months work programme will see all four ‘corners’ landscaped to a very high standard nph. )

Police Message :
As residents are reporting crimes to their Councillors directly , could they be encouraged to report to the Police either 101 / 999 (depending on the nature of what is occurring) or report on line https://www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/

*FOX CAFÉ ( Redhill Park ) ALCOHOL LICENSE APPLICATION
Over 30 local Residents attended a consultation meeting in February.
This meeting was organised by Cllr Jackie Edwards of Redhill & Northbourne Ward as the Fox Café is in that Ward. However, with letters delivered to WWW Residents along Redhill Avenue , about 30 people attended this meeting.

*Licensing Act 2003 Fox Café Redhill Park Redhill Drive Licensing Sub-committee hearing
on 31 March 2020:
Due to the current situation with COVID- 19 the hearing for the above application has been cancelled.  We do not have any further details at the moment, but I will be in contact again when further information is available. It has been confirmed that all those residents that made representations to the application mostly by email but a couple have been sent a letter.

  Cllr Jackie Edwards.

HEDGES CUT AT SLADES PARK/FORSYTH GARDENS near the skate park :
This was carried out by Residents at their own expense.
They are now able to remind dog walkers to “pick up the poop” and can now easily observe ASB activities.
( Police cordoned off the skate park to prevent its use during the social distancing period but children were seen using it soon after the Police left the site. )

ACRES ROAD : Fly tipping cleared and residents above the shops in Kinson Road served notices.
MOORDOWN ST JOHN’S CHURCH , Vicarage Road :
WWW Residents attended and supported Rev Michael Smith and his Community at Moordown St John’s Church for their Pancake Tea on 25th February.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM : we have a new Sergeant as Guy Nicholas and Kennie Wilson have been redeployed. We now can contact Sgt Lewis Bailey.
BONFIRES :These have been more prevalent and can and have caused distressed especially to those home-isolating with pre-existing breathing conditions. Please consider your neighbours and waste will be collected as and where possible by BCP Council ( when normal services resume ).
Again , report at :
ask@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

CORNER OF VICARAGE ROAD AND WIMBORNE ROAD :
Local Councillors working with the Church ( Moordown St John’s ) , Zvoo Hair Salon , Bournemouth Blind Society and Moordown St John’s Primary School , and Residents , made representations to Highways and the BCP Road Safety Team. To that end , bollards and bicycle racks now occupy that corner preventing the carpet shop on the next block parking twelve wheeled lorries there to unload on the pavement endangering pedestrians.

VICTORIA PARK ROAD : Comprehensive representations from residents there , all working together , saw local Councillors adding weight to their negative responses to the Highway Team’s ‘Consultation process’ , so much so the plan for new yellow lines were permanently shelved.

GRAFITTI :
Graffiti  was reported 21.4.2020 at the turning road between Fernside Road and Glenmoor Road on fences and rubbish dumped in bushes. The fencing in the whole area by the carriage way is rusted in a state of disrepair. Dog poo bin asked to be disinfected each time it is emptied.
( Grafitti Team reported back that the sprayed ‘tags’ were on private property and thus the responsibility of the property owner to arrange removal. )
( A promptly arranged Councillor Litter Pick saw the litter removed from along Wallisdown Road. )

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From: Councillor Vikki Slade <Vikki.Slade@bcpcouncil.gov.uk>
Sent: 19 April 2020 21:07
To: Cc: Nigel Hedges < <nigel.hedges@bcpcouncil.gov.uk>

Subject: RE: Daws Ave – poor maintenance of shrub borders and damage caused by vehicle/s parking on shrub verges . Highways Act 1980.

“Dear Cllr Hedges.
With regards to your Resident’s questioning of the declining maintenance of our natural environment over the last few years : I think we have to recognise that over the last 10 years this area has lost £103m PER YEAR of funding through the erosion and eventual removal of the Revenue Support Grant.

BCP Council now receives only % of its funding through national funding and with the rest coming only from council tax, business rates, fees and charges we have had to cut back on a wide range of services and inevitably the regularity of hedge maintenance will have been a victim of these reductions.

I have asked our head of park services to respond and he has confirmed the following which I hope you will find reassuring in terms of the work being carried out.

From PARKS : “Whilst the shrubs had recently been pruned back hard, there was clear evidence that new bud break was occurring. Pruning of this nature whilst in appearance is severe, it horticulturally will stimulate accelerated new and vigorous plant growth and encourages a
thickening of plant growth/density. This is why hedgerows are flailed hard annually , to encourage new, vigorous, denser growth so livestock does not escape.

There was obviously a significant weed issue within the shrubs borders, which unfortunately we will not be able to address as weed spraying has been deemed to be none essential and staff have already been redeployed to other duties. This will of course provide some additional form of floral attraction for insects in this area.  I did notice that a few shrubs had died and there was the odd location with some gapping. This can be addressed hopefully in the autumn, which will be the time when any planting has the best chance of establishment.
One the subject of prosecutions, this is a civil offence and not a criminal offence and only if any byelaw exist on these verges, which is rare. The fines are extremely low in reality (£10 -20) as they were set many decades ago.”

It is not realistic at the moment for us to look at increasing enforcement of such offences, with the recent impact of Covid-19 we are having to review all of our budgets and I would not be willing to make any commitments around increasing spending in this area until a full budget review is carried out for the next couple of years to reflect the longer term impacts of a significantly reduced income in 2020 and significant increases in essential spending by the council.

Cllr Vikki Slade Leader of BCP Council Liberal Democrat Councillor for Broadstone Ward

DRUG DEALING IN GLENMOOR ROAD :
Observations have been made and  report sent to the Police by a Resident.

Incident 20.4.20 at 18.45.
Registration numbers logged and reported.

Response from Sgt Lewis Bailey :

“Dear Cllr Hedges.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. We are aware of potential dealing occurring in Beswick Avenue, and as always are reliant on the residents calling the police or crime stoppers to report / provide intelligence to assist in our effectiveness to deal with the issue to provide longer term solutions. In the meantime, the residents can rest assured the street receives high visibility policing patrols as part of our day to day business. Unfortunately in these unprecedented times we do not always have the available resources to immediately respond, as was the case with last night’s report in Glenmoor Road, where there simply were no free units to attend at the time. However this will still be looked into by my team, who will make contact with the informant in due course -and the recording of registrations is helpful.

PC Atkins 2653 and PCSO Elliot 5188 are responsible for the area, and will provide you with further updates to feedback to residents in due course.
Many thanks
PS LEWIS BAILEY 2209”

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WALLISDOWN ROAD LITTER PICK :
Councillors continue to litter pick as and when they can and Wallisdown Road had two bags of rubbish removed on 23rd April by our Conservative Team.

Discarded rubber gloves and face masks were very much in evidence.
BCP Highways are to be congratulated on the high quality finish of the newly resurfaced pavement from Alton Road to Wallisdown Roundabout ( majority completed at the time of the litter pick ).
Street Services were notified to collect broken discarded food caddy and Highways asked to remove road works’ cone base and several sandbags which had ‘roamed’.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORT FOR EACH OTHER :

Councillors and 1,000 volunteers have been delivering the BCP “Together We Can” cards listing the Help Line Number ( see top of report ) and further details. Local neighbourhood Volunteers have been stepping forward in amazing numbers. Certainly , in the WWW Ward , I have heard of so many Residents reaching out to help those more vulnerable including gardening , cleaning , shopping and so many other acts of kindness have been reported to us on a regular basis.

Cllr Phillips and myself have seen prompt response to issues we have raised on our Residents’ behalf despite the BCP staff too being stretch and enduring changed roles and working practices.
When this is all over , there will be many “unsung heroes” that will deserve to be “sung” !

Please share your good news stories with us.

BCP Council Civic Amenities ( TIPS ) :
These have rightly been closed for the reasons given in many media channels by the BCP political administration. The Conservative Group is now pushing to get these re-opened but they must be safe whist being accessed. Green waste collections have restarted and we have had no reports of any waste collections where ‘rounds’ have been missed.
Again , our thanks to our Street Services Team.


Please Beware of Bogus Officials


We are advised that criminals are posing as Council officials or NHS staff to either gain entry to private residences, or to make monetary gain by charging householders for errands, we would therefore like to advise you once again to be vigilant to these attempts and to say NO to cold callers
BCP and Dorset Councils do not send anyone to your home to offer services such as shopping or running errands to collect medicines etc. will making a pre-arranged appointment to visit and carry out the service and their volunteers will never enter your home.
Similarly the NHS is not carrying out house to house visits.

Although it is difficult whilst maintaining social distancing, you still need to check the id of anyone calling at your home.  Ask them to hold it to a window so that you can view it and if you are still unsure, please ring the organisation to check that the caller is legitimate – use the number on a bill or from the phone book, not a number the visitor provides.

Do not allow anyone into your home unless it is an emergency.

Do not give your bank card to anyone offering to do shopping for you; most shops will allow you to make payment directly to them when you place your order.  Volunteers are advised not to take credit or debit cards from the person they are running errands for.
If you need help with essential services because you are unable to get out you can request assistance from your local council.
BCP Council – Phone 0300 123 7052 or complete the online form
Dorset Council – Phone: 01305 221000 or email communityresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
​Please remain vigilant and stay safe.
Elaine Ryan
Resilient Community Co-ordinator
Dorset Police
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Thank you all for your interest and support for what we all try to achieve for our Ward. We are happy to communicate throughout this difficult time and I have certainly bought more books of stamps that normally!
Council meetings are taking place digitally through Skype and Zoom forums and seem to be working well. Personally, I buy a copy of the ECHO every day and it too is a vital source of information both for Council news and Residents’ opinions. For those who do not have access to the internet , old fashioned newspapers at this time remain vital channels of news.

I would like to thank our Ward Forum Chairman Mr Bernie Culver for his ceaseless efforts to keep this vital function for Wallisdown and Winton West working and working well. Also , our BCP Community Officers Amanda Nichols and ASB Team Officer Mrs Sandi Webb for their help , support , time and diligence facilitating good work and effective action on our Residents’ behalf.

Your Councillors delivered some Easter Eggs ( seems so long ago now ) to “Hope for Food” who have always done a magnificent job but are more vital now than ever in their efforts to help those most needy at this time. Thank you all who have already volunteered to support this tireless local charity.
As The Queen has announced , we WILL meet again.

   Stay safe , stay well , keep in touch.                      
  Your local Councillors , Nigel and Susan

This presentation was on the Agenda for the 25th April meeting – here for your information :

Dorset Bobby Van
“The launch of our first ‘Bobby Van’ is an exciting service we are now offering to not only prevent burglary offences but also support those who have been the victims of such crime. Our service will be free at the point of delivery and funded in the long-term through The Safer Dorset Foundation.”
Chief Constable James Vaughan MSt (Cantab)

About the Dorset Bobby Van
The service is free of charge and aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime, helping people to feel safe and secure in their own homes.
The aim of the Bobby Van is to reduce the level of domestic burglary and distraction burglary and support victims to feel safer in their homes.

Who can access the Bobby Van Scheme?

  • Victims of burglary over the age of 60 within the scheme area
  • 18+ with a registered disability within the scheme area
  • 18+ who are vulnerable within the scheme area

What does the Bobby Van Scheme offer?

  • Check and upgrade door locks.
  • Fit door chains.
  • Fit door viewers.
  • Install window locks.
  • Advise on additional security improvements.

Donations

As a charity, the Bobby Scheme relies on donations to fund our work. Please consider helping us to help the vulnerable and elderly.