Minutes from Residents Public Meeting Saturday 19th October 2019

Meeting opened at 10.35am.

Chairperson informed the residents of the evacuation procedures.

Apologies: Cllr Susan Phillips, Cllr Jackie Edwards, Cllr Karen Rampton, Chris Caley, Carol & Terrance Earle, Angela & Chris Insall, Nichola & David Howard, Rev Michael Smith, Peter Herbert, Stuart Ingram, David Sidwick.

Previous minutes were proposed by Linda Payne and 2nd by Jed White

No matters arising from the previous meeting.

 The NPT could not be present today as they are busy due to needs at Slades Park regarding bike issues.

Chairperson Introduced Cllr Nigel Hedges who welcomed Richard Pearson H.S.T. ( Highways Safety Team) and residents attending for the first time.

It has been a busy time since BCP Council was created. Now that we have only two Councillors for our ward and with Cllr Susan Philips, The Mayor of Bournemouth for this year, the workload is greater than usual. Cllr Hedges highlighted the success and achievements over the last year, such as improved communication between Head Teachers of our local schools and meeting Rev Michael Smith from Moordown St. Johns Church who will be pleased to attend our Forum Meetings in the future.                                                                            The local Vicarage in Vicarage Rd is occupied by young people exploring their faith within the community. They are very much involved in Hope for Food and want to explore how better to use their building. They recently held a soup event which Cllr Jackie Edwards attended.

Cllr Nigel Hedges Report

WW Public Forum – Saturday 19th October 2019: Report from Cllr Hedges :

Cllr Hedges offered the personal apology for the absence of Moordown St John’s Rev Michael Smith.
Cllr Hedges has had meetings with the Parish, one of which included the Bishop, and one of the main items discussed was the Vicarage now occupied by young Christians attending Bournemouth University who are exploring their religion and how it applies to the community across the ages.
There had been concerns expressed by Residents in Vicarage Road but being Diocesan Estate and having a ‘father of the house’ in residence, it cannot be regarded as a ‘usual’ HMO. BCP Planning Officers are offering guidance and advice on permissions.
The Rev Smith intends supporting our Forums and attending wherever his diary allows.

  • ZVOO HAIR SALON and egregious parking at the top of Vicarage Road:
    This issue has necessitated site visits by BCP highways engineers and meetings with officers on ‘inconsiderate parking’ along with the actual cutting of carpets with open blades which have been reported to the Police by local Councillors.
    Moordown Councillors too have been concerned at the risks to Primary School children and members of the Victoria Park Road Blind Society who use the tactile drop kerbs along Wimborne Road.
    Numerous pictures of large carpet Lorries and vans have been assembled to assist BCP Highways officers with requests for action from Ward Councillors.
  • Talbot Avenue dual carriageway accident statistics:
    A Resident in Talbot Hill Road has been in constant dialogue with Councillors and officers concerning the risks as they see them with this 30mph road.
    Discussions are continuing by there are large plans in place for major work to this roundabout and feeder lanes from 2020.
  • Community Infrastructure Levy monies allocated to Wallisdown and Winton West Ward :
    Councillors are continuing to secure resumption of the full allocation of the £14k allocated which has already seen bins , dog fountains and lighting installed around the Ward.
    Speed Indicator Devices and a Notice Board in Bascott Road are just two of the outstanding items now impatiently waited for.
  • POLICE meetings: these continue are fruitful and informative. Direct discussions on this Wards issues have seen a new clarity and directness (and promptness) of response that sees Residents better assured of asb and crime issues effecting them.
    Parham Road and Beswick Avenue have had more detailed attention recently.
    Residents across the Ward and indeed in Redhill & Northbourne are logging motorcycle ‘hooning’ incidents which assists the Police targeting timed patrols.
  • The trouble with hedges in the Ward :
    A spectacular growing season has seen many roads awaiting hedge trimming teams for Highfield Road , Forsyth Gardens , Kingsbere Avenue ( the latter done by Residents with Councillor assistance ) and other specific work required in Acres Road and others.
  • OLD MULBERRY CLOSE PUBLIC TOILETS: these have been closed for several years now but Councillors continue to push for solutions to see them re-opened IN BUSINESS HOURS ( 9am – 5pm ). Councillors have been in dialogue with Aldi (Talbot and Branksome Woods Ward) and a 150 signed petition to see them re-opened for shoppers at Wallisdown has added weight to the argument. The BCP Cabinet ( Portfolio Holder* ) is now aware of the growing body of stakeholders who would like these toilets available for use once more although Aldi at present have proved reluctant to add their encouragement nor indeed any form of potential sponsorship towards the project. The BCP Council has expressed a desire to reverse many toilet closures over recent years but we have not heard that any in Bournemouth have yet to make any ‘list’ , formal or otherwise…..
    *Alas , to this date , I have not had a reply nor an acknowledgement of my e-mail to Cllr Dr Felicity Rice.
  • Nuisance Parking : as with the “difficulties” in issuing parking tickets to commercial vehicles on corners and pavements , certain roads such as Jameson Road sees Residents concerned about increasing difficulties exiting their properties and rives as more and more commercial and high sided vehicles are parking for extended periods in residential streets.
    Work on equitable but feasible solutions to this issue across the Borough is ongoing.
    I have made contact with the Winton and Glenmoor Principal (Mr Peter Ingram) and he pledges his full support for us all working together. I trust I will be having a meeting with his soon.
  • Fly tipping has seemingly decreased across the Ward and Council Street Services are removing unwanted items usually very promptly.
    Forsyth Gardens has had some fly tipping in the car park there recently.
    It is hoped herding around council residential blocks will see better observation of any asb for immediate reporting on the periphery of Slades Park.
  • FUTURE OF WINTON HIGH STREET : there was a recent presentation how ‘street transformation’ of Winton High Street ( Wimborne Road ) can reduce accidents and improve ‘the public realm’ and quality of the space. More details will follow in due course….
    Why Winton High Street?
  • History of collisions and casualties along route
  • District centre shopping/business area in need of regeneration
  • Support local plan
  • Support Local Transport Plan (LTP) aims and objectives

Project aims and objectives

  • Reduce collisions and casualties along the route
  • Reduce carbon emissions and pollution
  • Improve facilities for and encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport
  • Improve the urban realm and create a sense of place
  • Increase economic activity

A recent meeting with Parents of pupils at Winton Primary School has restarted local Councillors’ efforts working with the school to seek improvements for pedestrians in Oswald Road at ‘peak times’.

The challenges of walking with push chairs to Highfield Road were experienced.

Continued nuisance and dangerous parking issues were evidenced in Glenmoor Close and indeed Oswald Road and relayed to Highways.

  • Points to be raised for Resident Mrs Howard in her absence :
    1) The excessive speed of vehicles on Talbot Road/Manor roundabout, that currently nobody seems to have come up with a solution of how to monitor exactly what speed they are doing due to the mobile speed camera not being suitable. They are almost certainly mostly breaking the speed limit, it feels dangerous just walking on the footpath next to them.
    2)The amount of accidents/ incidents because of the unfriendly pedestrian and cycle routes. Bicycles seem to be blamed for being on the road, can I remind the meeting that bicycles have every right to be on the road, and indeed we should be encouraging cycling and walking, especially where there is no safe or indeed any provision for cycles on an alternative route.
    3) We need to come up with a solution to reduce the amount of vehicles coming into town, ‘park and ride’, lift share etc. Improve bus provision (I have needed to get to Westbourne on a number of times recently, were you aware that there is just ONE bus an hour to Westbourne from this area, not good enough)
    Personally I think one of the car lanes on the stretch of road in question should be designated a bus and cycle lane only, one lane for cars. Yes, it would slow the traffic up, but surely this would make more people consider getting on that bus as an alternative as it whizzed past them in the bus lane!
  • Flooding in Oswald Road (66, 68 and 70): this was reported by a Redhill & Northbourne Councillor and tackled by BCP roads officers to everyone’s seeming satisfaction.
  • SLADES PARK ACTIVE DORSET PAVILION: there is now a BERYLY BIKE stand at Slades Park.
    Over 3,000 rides and 80,000km have been ridden on these amazing hire bikes so far.
    One of our volunteers while they were helping at the café in the pavilion last week had his bag with phone, wallet, cards etc. taken from on the bench by the front door.  We have excellent CCTV of the perpetrator who is local and a regular in the park.  Its been a week and we are still waiting for the police to follow up but it should be an easy one for them to sort out. To our knowledge the only other incident has been some graffiti on the roof of block B which BCP got removed very promptly.
    The 3G floodlit football pitch is expected to open at the end of October so there will be a good deal of evening activity in the park (up to 22:00) on most nights which can only help this agenda. Martin Kimberley, Active Dorset.
  • Two mattresses removed, Acres Road.
  • Columbia Road crossing lights turned off. Beyond their useful life and being replaced.
  • Through Resident John Dymott , we are attempting to see three overgrown hedges in Frederica/Withermoor/Fernside Road be trimmed back by the owners.
  • Three litter picking kits secured for Forsyth Gardens volunteers.
  • PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOLS
    Ward Councillors have been pleased to hear , resulting from our continuing and ever increasing dialogue with Sgt Nichols , Insp Paul Graham and our Neighbourhood Policing Team , that there are plans to engage with the egregious parking habits outside of our WWW schools with Winton Primary School in Oswald Road in particular.
    BCP Officer Kevin Rodda ( Technician , Traffic Management ) and Sgt Nicholas have shared their dialogue with us and it is expected that with liaison with the school(s) Head(s) , finally pressure will be applied to see less dangerous corner and pavement parking.

Talbot Avenue dual carriageway accident statistics:
A Resident in Talbot Hill Road has been in constant dialogue with Councillors and officers concerning the risks as they see them with this 30mph road.
Discussions are continuing by there are large plans in place for major work to this roundabout and feeder lanes from 2020.

Community Infrastructure Levy monies allocated to Wallisdown and Winton West Ward :
Councillors are continuing to secure resumption of the full allocation of the £14k allocated which has already seen bins , dog fountains and lighting installed around the Ward.
Speed Indicator Devices and a Notice Board in Bascott Road are just two of the outstanding items now impatiently waited for.

POLICE meetings: these continue are fruitful and informative. Direct discussions on this Wards issues have seen a new clarity and directness ( and promptness ) of response that sees Residents better assured of asb and crime issues effecting them.
Parham Road and Beswick Avenue have had more detailed attention recently.
Residents across the Ward and indeed in Redhill & Northbourne are logging motorcycle ‘hooning’ incidents which assists the Police targeting timed patrols.

The trouble with hedges in the Ward :
A spectacular growing season has seen many roads awaiting hedge trimming teams for Highfield Road , Forsyth Gardens , Kingsbere Avenue ( the latter done by Residents with Councillor assistance ) and other specific work required in Acres Road and others.

OLD MULBERRY CLOSE PUBLIC TOILETS : these have been closed for several years now but Councillors continue to push for solutions to see them re-opened IN BUSINESS HOURS ( 9am – 5pm ). Councillors have been in dialogue with Aldi ( Talbot and Branksome Woods Ward ) and a 150 signed petition to see them re-opened for shoppers at Wallisdown has added weight to the argument. The BCP Cabinet ( Portfolio Holder* ) is now aware of the growing body of stakeholders who would like these toilets available for use once more although Aldi at present have proved reluctant to add their encouragement nor indeed any form of potential sponsorship towards the project. The BCP Council has expressed a desire to reverse many toilet closures over recent years but we have not heard that any in Bournemouth have yet to make any ‘list’ , formal or otherwise…..
*Alas , to this date , I have not had a reply nor an acknowledgement of my e-mail to Cllr Dr Felicity Rice.

Nuisance Parking : as with the “difficulties” in issuing parking tickets to commercial vehicles on corners and pavements , certain roads such as Jameson Road sees Residents concerned about increasing difficulties exiting their properties and rives as more and more commercial and high sided vehicles are parking for extended periods in residential streets.
Work on equitable but feasible solutions to this issue across the Borough is ongoing.
I have made contact with the Winton and Glenmoor Principal ( Mr Stuart Ingram ) and he pledges his full support for us all working together. I trust I will be having a meeting with his soon.

Fly tipping has seemingly decreased across the Ward and Council Street Services are removing unwanted items usually very promptly.
Forsyth Gardens has had some fly tipping in the car park there recently.
It is hoped herding around council residential blocks will see better observation of any asb for immediate reporting on the periphery of Slades Park.

FUTURE OF WINTON HIGH STREET: there was a recent presentation how ‘street transformation’ of Winton High Street ( Wimborne Road ) can reduce accidents and improve ‘the public realm’ and quality of the space. More details will follow in due course….
Why Winton High Street?

History of collisions and casualties along route

District centre shopping/business area in need of regeneration

Support local plan

Support Local Transport Plan (LTP) aims and objectives

Project aims and objectives

Reduce collisions and casualties along the route

Reduce carbon emissions and pollution

Improve facilities for and encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport

Improve the urban realm and create a sense of place

Increase economic activity

A recent meeting with Parents of pupils at Winton Primary School has restarted local Councillors’ efforts working with the school to seek improvements for pedestrians in Oswald Road at ‘peak times’.

The challenges of walking with push chairs to Highfield Road were experienced.

Continued nuisance and dangerous parking issues were evidenced in Glenmoor Close and indeed Oswald Road and relayed to Highways.

Points to be raised for Resident Mrs Howard in her absence :
1) The excessive speed of vehicles on Talbot Road/Manor roundabout, that currently nobody seems to have come up with a solution of how to monitor exactly what speed they are doing due to the mobile speed camera not being suitable. They are almost certainly mostly breaking the speed limit, it feels dangerous just walking on the footpath next to them.
2)The amount of accidents/ incidents because of the unfriendly pedestrian and cycle routes. Bicycles seem to be blamed for being on the road, can I remind the meeting that bicycles have every right to be on the road, indeed we should be encouraging cycling and walking, especially where there is no safe or indeed any provision for cycles on an alternative route.
3) We need to come up with a solution to reduce the amount of vehicles coming into town, ‘park and ride’, lift share etc. Improve bus provision (I have needed to get to Westbourne on a number of times recently, were you aware that there is just ONE bus an hour to Westbourne from this area, not good enough)
Personally I think one of the car lanes on the stretch of road in question should be designated a bus and cycle lane only, one lane for cars. Yes, it would slow the traffic up, but surely this would make more people consider getting on that bus as an alternative as it whizzed past them in the bus lane!

Flooding in Oswald Road (66, 68 and 70): this was reported by a Redhill & Northbourne Councillor and tackled by BCP roads officers to everyone’s seeming satisfaction.

SLADES PARK ACTIVE DORSET PAVILION: there is now a BERYL BIKE stand at Slades Park. Over 3,000 rides and 80,000km have been ridden on these amazing hire bikes so far.
One of our volunteers while they were helping at the café in the pavilion last week had his bag with phone, wallet, cards etc. taken from on the bench by the front door.  We have excellent CCTV of the perpetrator who is local and a regular in the park.  It’s been a week and we are still waiting for the police to follow up but it should be an easy one for them to sort out. To our knowledge the only other incident has been some graffiti on the roof of block B which BCP got removed very promptly.
The 3G floodlit football pitch is expected to open at the end of October so there will be a good deal of evening activity in the park (up to 22:00) on most nights which can only help this agenda. Martin Kimberley , Active Dorset.

Two mattresses removed , Acres Road.

Columbia Road crossing lights turned off. Beyond their useful life and being replaced.

Through Resident John Dymott , we are attempting to see three overgrown hedges in Frederica/Withermoor/Fernside Road be trimmed back by the owners.

Three litter picking kits secured for Forsyth Gardens volunteers.

PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOLS
Ward Councillors have been pleased to hear , resulting from our continuing and ever increasing dialogue with Sgt Nichols , Insp Paul Graham and our Neighbourhood Policing Team , that there are plans to engage with the egregious parking habits outside of our WWW schools with Winton Primary School in Oswald Road in particular.
BCP Officer Kevin Rodda ( Technician , Traffic Management ) and Sgt Nicholas have shared their dialogue with us and it is expected that with liaison with the school(s) Head(s) , finally pressure will be applied to see less dangerous corner and pavement parking.

Questions that arose at the meeting;

  1. A resident asked if Slades Farm is now known as Slades Park.

 Slades Park is a generic term for Open Spaces which inform the general public that it is an actual park although it is locally referred to as Slades Farm.

2. Erika Sloper, Manageress of “The Crumbs Project” highlighted the problems her employees experienced since the traffic lights in Columbia are out of `use`.

 Mr. Richard Pearson explained that they are in need of renewal so have been decommissioned. They will be fully functional soon after half term.

3. Why were current BCP magazines at the recycling centre?

Reply that (9,000) ended up at a recycling centre by mistake which are generally distributed by a private contractor. There is an investigation into how this happened.

4. Why are the Car Parking Meters in Slades Park not reliable?                                                    After replacing the machines due to vandalism there have been ongoing electrical or mechanical problems. We have also experienced a shortage of tickets in the machines which have also caused inconvenience to local users of the car park.

5. A resident asked if BCP Residents will be using the same size refuse “Wheelie Bins” from April 2020?  The merging of three councils into one has caused inequalities which will have to be balanced as soon as possible.

6. A resident questioned the BCP Council Local Plans as a huge job; normally 3 years condensed into 2 years.

The Chairperson thanked Councillor Nigel Hedges.

He then introduced Mr Richard Pearson from BCP Highways Design, Road Safety Team Manager

 Mr Pearson explained, that the huge task of changes taking place in reorganising the enlarged council is quite a challenge..

Council tax has risen but the Government grants have been reduced year by year diminishing this year. This means that all the Council Revenue will be funded by Council Tax Payers. Locally there has been a large increase of 10% in the population over the last 10 years, which is increasing pressures on the infrastructure of the area. One of the impacts is that our roads are busier, causing rat runs and a build up of traffic.

There is now a Local Transport Plan to reduce more casualties.

A Casualty Reduction Programme to promote alternative modes of transport, cycling, buses and walking to help reduce the need for wider roads, which is not possible within our built up conurbation. Sustainable travel modes are costly but the Council is moving slowly towards this and will prioritise. This may sometimes just require a junction being tweaked. The cost of casualties on our roads can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. The BCP Council annually review the casualties that have occurred. Casualties in Bournemouth can cost up to £30 million a year. Many accidents resulting in casualties are caused by human error and not necessarily the road infrastructure.

Accessibility Programme to help people get around easier, pedestrians, wheelchairs, pram or buggies.

Safer Routes to School

 Many schools are doubling in size each year. 

This involves more teachers and parents Initiative is driving to school. The Schools were not designed with this in mind, more for walking and cycling. People now have increasingly busier lives and parents will drop children off on their way to work, causing chaos around school gates and entrances. One agenda is to make it more attractive to walk or cycle. A Road Safety Report is available to view. Three E’s:  Education, Engineering and Enforcement. School road safety initiative, Bike ability Programmes.

There have been more than 20 accidents on the slip road each year at Richmond Hill.

The problem with over grown hedges can be a danger, narrow pathways forcing pedestrians into the road to pass. If the Council are informed and then trim the hedges for privately own properties, the council will send them an invoice to cover the cost.

A comment from a resident re: Winton Primary School believes that it is fortunate that there has not been an accident with cyclists riding on the pavements and cycle path and not wearing high- vis vest -helmets and the bicycle not fitted with lights or horn. Cycling on the road wearing headphones is also irresponsible and dangerous.

The Chairman thanked Richard Pearson for answering a number of questions on behalf of residents in attendance at the meeting.

As the Chairman extended the meeting for further discussions it has been suggested that we start in future at 10.00 am, opening at 9.30 am for Tea and Coffee.

Would this be worth considering?   I would like to arrange the meeting in July to start at 10.00 am. 

Thank you all for coming along today. Have a safe journey, and see you next year.

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