Apologies; Sergeant Guy Nichols, PC Joy Lee, PCSO Susie Elliott, PCSO Rosalyn Curtis, Mr David Marina, Chris Rose, Donna Hamlet, Ian Jones, Erika Sloper, Carmel Bending,
Robin& Jackie Dumbreck.
Cllr Nigel Hedges proposed the acceptance of previous minutes and these were seconded by Allan Perkins.
No matters arising from previous minutes.
A letter was received from Mr. Peter Herbert, Head of St John’s School, regarding anti social behaviour and criminal damage at the Moordown Primary School. It was also noted that there had been problems at St John’s Church but these had not been reported to the Police who were unaware of these incidents. The NPT officers have been patrolling in the church yard and around the school on late night shifts.
Cllr Hedges Reported:
· Vicarage Road issues – Mr. and Mrs. Raggett of Vicarage Road had been in touch with Councillors and, in attendance at the meeting, confirmed that most if not all issues raised (illegal/unlicensed HMO, asb/noise incidents, litter and rodent issues) had been promptly addressed by Council officers dealing with those specific issues. The unlicensed HMO had seen the residents there ‘given until May’ but being led by Cllr Nicola Greene, the local Councillors would challenge this lengthy spell of leeway brought about by over confident letting agents.
· 42 Fernside Road – the proposed HMO with a pending planning application had generated much paperwork and e-mail traffic (evidenced by Councillor Hedges) thanks to the vigilant efforts of Resident Mr. John Dymott. Various aspects of the planning process were discussed and objections, many in number, had been registered already. Various inconsistent aspects of the web site information will also lead to enquiries from WWW Ward Councillors.
· Oswald Road – Cllr Greene had flagged up a Resident whose access to her drive was an ‘unsafe a daily challenge’ for her and her disabled husband. Cllr Hedges reported visiting them at Cllr Greene’s request and had gathered evidence along with opened and continued dialogue with Mr Tarchetti, head of Winton Primary School. There was a renewed interest and support for ‘planters’ on a corner to obviate cars parking fully on the pavement there. It was referred to possible funding from “Community Infrastructure Levy*” funding which is available to WWW Ward to assist in this and other projects mainly suggested by Residents to their local Councilors.
· *CIL money will also see extra bins ( Dawes Avenue , Glenmoor Road ) , lighting
( Acton Road) and benches , ‘notice board’ ( Bascott Road ) , where needed/requested once community support had been received and the bid(s) submitted to the CIL grant board with the full support of the Ward Councilors.
· Cllr Hedges introduced Jacqui Vallard , whilst not a WWW Resident , she assists the more vulnerable senior residents in Bascott Road ( Coffee Club ) and Cllr Hedges referred to the Bascott Road “Scampack” presentation by the Police and Deirdre Redstone , NBCPP Crime Prevention Panel/Project Coordinator NBCPP Telephone Helpline 01202 241380 M.0749 5188 439. Jacqui Vallard then addressed the meeting outlining her support and observations about combating loneliness with ‘out and about’ days , coffee mornings and informing the residents of outside supporting agencies and services freely available to them along with tradesman advice and safety aspects of unsolicited calls/callers. Cllr Hedges thanks Mrs Vallard for her support for our Ward’s residents.
· Cllr Hedges thanks several Bournemouth residents including Mrs. Vallard and some in attendance that whilst not strictly WWW Residents assisted and advised Councillors of vital issues effecting our residents, some of a serious nature (such as serious ASB and threats, crime and other issues which are now thanks to their communications on the Police’s ‘watch list’ seeing an assurance of revision of night shifts from Sgt Nicholas of the Neighborhood Policing Team.
· Cllr Hedges mentioned the encouraging and increasing positive communications with the Police stemming from Supt Jared Parkin’s new approach and briefings from high ranking Police Officers inside and outside of the Town Hall on serious issues facing Residents.
· It was noted that ‘red pillow’ speed humps in Vicarage Road were failing with four ‘loose’ bolts being retrieved from the road by Mr. Raggett. Cllr Hedges would revisit the road and report to Highways for rectification(s).
· Cllr Hedges reported his increasing and positive communications with Mr. Peter Herbert, Head of Moordown St John’s in Vicarage Road.
· Cllr Hedges agreed to follow up many issues raised from the floor by talking to Residents after the meeting face to face. Cllr Hedges and Cllr Phillips thanked Mr. Alan Perkins for his efforts advertising the meeting which saw several new faces in the audience.
Cllr Susan Phillips informed the residents at the meeting that she was pleased to be back in business and would be pleased to hear of any new issues. LIF (Local Improvement Fund) has now changed to CIL (Council Infrastructure Levy) and if anyone has a request for a bench or such like to improve the environment for residents, please let her know soon.
A resident raised the issue of leaves blocking drains and causing a danger for elderly people slipping up. The parking on the corner of Talbot Rise and Columbia Trees Lane, is adding to the danger with speeding drivers. As this involves moving vehicles, this would be a police matter. Cllr Hedges recommended that any of these issues could be forwarded to him by email. Cllr Hedges and Cllr Phillips have agreed to follow this up. The Chairman was approached by a local resident prior to the meeting who also wished it be noted that he was not happy with the speed of traffic and leaves in Columbia Trees Lane.
Cllr Nicola Greene invited residents if there were any concerns with the New Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Council. A resident asked if we would be maintaining services from 1st April 2019, Cllr Greene replied that the Council will want to maintain the level of services we now have but will be reviewed when individual contracts are up for renewal to accommodate the new council. Cllr Greene also highlighted that children in care and vulnerable residents will be a priority in the new Bournemouth Poole and Christchurch Council. Staff wages would have to be continuous after
the transition into the new Council. A resident asked if priorities between the Councils would be maintained as they are at the present, Cllr Greene explained the complexities of each Council with different Social Housing policies which will have to be brought together over a period of time.
The Chairperson asked if Ward Forum Meetings would continue after 1st April. Due to the complexities of the new Council forming in April it may be wise to hold the meeting the following month.
The outcome of the recent leaflet drop introduced five new residents who were interested to convey their concerns to our Cllrs. One resident had found information of the meeting on the Council website.
A previous resident of our Ward was invited to our meeting and praised the dedication of our Cllrs from his past experiences.
Cllr Greene promoted that these meetings are for the residents, other approaches can be pursued if the residents would like to add to the agenda.
Cllr Hedges highlighted the recent success of The WWW neighbourhood action group which took place at Crumbs. The Chairperson wishes to thank Erika Sloper for organising at this venue.
The issue of card only payments in some of Bournemouth’s car parks was raised. This leads to confusion for drivers. Cllr Greene responded by saying that vandalism issues have resulted in unfortunate financial costs for the Council to rectify. A request for the details of car parks with/without card/cash payments was suggested for the BH Life quarterly Magazine. Various parking payment schemes were discussed. A parking refund scheme is being discussed by some shops in Bournemouth. The benefits of technology used in Christchurch with parking systems have created a more environmentally friendly system, i.e. less paper issued.
The issue of students bringing their cars in addition to existing traffic in Bournemouth was discussed and the problem of pollution was raised.
Thanks were given by a resident to all who enable these Ward meetings to take place four times a year.
PCSO Susie Elliott has managed to give Community Consequence Scheme letters to a number of boys who have been causing issues at Ensbury Community Centre. Police Officers have managed to get names of boys involved with issues at the skate park and that they will be dealt with.
Two student officers spent a lot of time focussing their patrols in the Glenmoor Rd and Norton Woods area in September and we will continue to do patrols when possible. We haven’t had any drug dealing reports recently. We would be pleased if residents are willing to contact Dorset Police on email@example.com with times descriptions and VRMs if possible.
Irresponsible parking issues by parents parking on pavements and driveways when collecting their children from school. A suggestion has been forwarded in respect of decorating the area with planters to deter the parking of vehicles on the pathways.
Priestley Road/ Alton Road also experiencing inconsiderate dangerous parking near to or on corners, making it dangerous to pull out past them
A resident expressed his concerns of lack of response from the police when called. Cllr Phillips has been in touch with a local resident and she in turn has been in touch with police, an arrest was subsequently made for drug dealing.
The Chair Person thanked everyone for coming along and promoted the fact that a number of topics/ issues/ concerns have been raised today.
The meeting was closed at 12:10 p.m.
Response from Sergeant Guy Nicholas
In reply to Cllr Hedges e-mail, since looking at Slades the team have managed to get a few names and now start to deal with them and use the Community Consequence Scheme. Surprisingly a number of those offending were not from the local immediate area and have now been visited in a partnership approach.
My understanding was that issues had subsided a little and the problems had reduced. I am not naïve enough to state they have totally gone and as such a large park we will get a few issues. The issues raised in the pictures attached are not reflecting what we had a number of weeks ago. Also looking at the fact we are in the middle of half term and the number of incidents recorded over the last month since 25th Sept show a total of 21 incidents of which, 3 x ASB and 4 X nuisance bikes on the park.
There was an incident last night which we are following up with different young people being mentioned and will be liaising with the local schools as they have been identified.
You have asked for my thoughts, young people building a ramp for their bikes, I think that one has been answered there. What I would of liked to have seen was the photo taker or Active Dorset (who I believe are working in the area) to engage with these young people and potentially use it as an engagement tool to look at solutions and have them part of solving it long term.
Barriers being thrown over into the pavilion site, we will continue to patrol as best we can and look to deal with it appropriately. However the site still looks like a building site if not derelict, which we all know wrongly, agreed is an attraction for this behaviour, if it looks like a tip it will be treated as a tip (broken window analogy). Once that location is up and running and serving the community the problems will subside. What are the completion dates and can pressure be applied to the site.
. It’s very simple to report to the police such incidents as listed and shown in the pictures attached, however if those reports are of children building a ramp for their bikes and barriers being thrown about compared to what we had two months ago then I like to think we are heading in the right direction and will obtain sustainability rather than quick wins.
You have our reassurance that criminal or ASB issues will be assessed and looked into by attending officers.