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WWWEPAF RESIDENTS PUBLIC MEETING Sat 7th July 2018

10.35. Chairman opened meeting and gave fire evacuation procedure.

Apologies: Mrs Perkins and John Dymott.

Matters Arising from last meeting – none.

We welcomed Councillor Nicola Greene as representative of the BBC to update on the future of the merger of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch which will form the New Council from next April 2019. Christchurch Council is seeking a Judicial Review.  We will learn of progress by the end of July.

In April this year representatives from all three Councils met to formulate the new Shadow Body which will then be The Shadow Council. In early June a meeting of representatives was held where the Chairperson was elected and the setting up of committees took place, also the Shadow Executive of 16 members who will take decisions forward.  Anything of significance will have to go back to the Shadow Authority.  Later in Autumn a Chief Executive will be chosen for the future Council.  The Budget for 2019 will be determined in February.

The Boundary Commission has published proposals for the  new Authority. Saving costs is the priority. The Boundaries Commission has worked hard on reducing 125 members down to 76. The Commission has done what they see best to ensure equal representation for each Ward.  Significant

changes will be made to some Ward areas. The proposed boundary for The Bournemouth Wallisdown Winton West Ward will remain as it is now. The Boundary Commission’s website is available to consult on the proposed changes. Residents who are not familiar with the internet or Town Planning can visit their Libraries.

A resident highlighted the work load and with only two Councillors would we be under represented? Cllr Greene explained that bearing in mind some councillors have other jobs they will have to work that much harder to look after their residents in that Ward!

All three Councils coming together will be creating something new and serving 400,000 residents, having said that, Bournemouth and Poole are already working closely together. Cllr Philips commented that new committees coming together will be working for the greater good of the residents regardless of party politics. Some teething problems are to be expected.

Cllr Greene expressed that it will be a challenging experience to provide the services we all care about. Adults and Children’s Services takes up 80% of what the Council raises.  Having said that there is an ambitious programme to develop an economy that works for residents.

A resident raised the issue of prime location car parks being sold off for flats, Cllr Greene explained that all town centre car parking used was going to be replaced elsewhere. The council is not trying to kill off town trade as at the present moment the footfall has increased.

A resident raised the spending monies from Bournemouth Council assets. These can only be spent once. So where will the funding come for future expenditure if used on short term expenses?

Cllr Greene informed us that any Council assets being sold off could only be used to invest in something that will remain in the council’s ownership. Such as the 100 properties the Council has purchased to help accommodate people whilst they are waiting for permanent housing. This will not only be an asset for the future but will also save the cost of temporary accommodation in the private sector.

A resident asked about Council Tax increases knowing that the Government support will cease in 2020. Cllr Greene explained that the level of increases in Council taxes will be controlled by the Government. The intentions are to harmonise the Council Tax between the three councils within the next 7 years.

In respect of forums in the future. It was highlighted by Cllr Phillips that a lot has been achieved in our Ward through our Area Forum Meetings and more should be done to promote the quarterly Residents Public Meetings.

A.O.B

A resident was shocked to see that new saplings planted in Talbot Rise, near the allotments appeared to have been mown down. Cllr Hedges said that he would follow this up.

 

Slades Garden – What’s on in 2018

Slades Garden Spring 2018

Spring has Sprung!

Although it didn’t look very vernal under the last couple of blankets of snow, you just have to listen to the birds to hear that springtime has arrived!
This winter we have been doing quite a bit of bramble bashing, including making a new path into the meadow. We have also been repairing the veg patch fence and getting the patch ready for planting a little later on in the spring.
We’ve seen the first fresh new leaves on our very forward hawthorn and are looking forward to more buds breaking and to spring blossoms.

There are a few changes to the dates of the sessions published at the beginning of the year, so here’s the latest.
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Next Slades Sessions :-

March
– Sunday 25th CANCELLED
– Saturday 31st 10:00 – 12:00

April
– Saturday 14th 10:00 – 12:00
– Wednesday 25th 13:00 – 15:00
– Sunday 29th 10:00 – 12:00

May
– Saturday 5th 10:00 – 12:00
– Sunday 20th 10:00 – 12:00

These are drop in / drop out sessions where we do gardening and/or conservation tasks. You don’t need to book in advance or have any prior experience. However, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for your comfort and protection. Come and join us at Slades and enjoy this fabulous wild garden !
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New Opportunity – Volunteer Session Leader Training

We’d really like to expand our team of people who can run volunteer sessions on either weekends or weekdays.  If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to find out more then please contact Theresa theresa.mcmanus@hotmail.co.uk


More Information
For more information about Transition Bournemouth, and projects to help Bournemouth become a more sustainable town, please see our website.

New Iyengar Yoga Class – September 2017

A new class for beginners will be commencing in September 2017:

Monday 4th September 2017

10.15 to 11.15 a.m

£7 per class or 10 week course for £55

at Ensbury Park Community Centre, Ensbury Avenue, Bournemouth, BH10 4HG

new iyengar yoga classYoga has numerous benefits, such as relieving stress, reducing stiffness, improving function of internal organs.  Yoga can relieve headaches, back ache, and many other health conditions.

Iyenga yoga is a traditional hatha yoga, but uses props such as blankets, blocks, belts, where necessary to improve postures by aiding students to develop as the body allows.

For more information or to book a place,please telephone Pauline Collison on 07517 384848 or email pauline.yoga@outlook.com.

❤ your locality? Skills required

❤ your locality? The Local Area Forum is looking for new Committee members.  As a Group we inform residents about local matters and seek to influence Council decisions.  There are four Public meetings on Saturday mornings and four Committee meetings each year.  Whatever your skills we will be happy to use them for the benefit of local residents.  Meet people and enjoy yourself.  For more information either email us at contactus@wwwepaf.org.uk  or phone our Chairperson Bernie on 07553 276089.