Meeting opened at 10.35 am
Apologies: Alan Perkins, Erika Sloper, Chris Rose, and Alan Cross.
Minutes of the last meeting were accepted as a true record. Proposed by Cllr Susan Phillips and seconded by Sylvia Blunt.
Chairperson gave evacuation procedure.
It was announced, by the Chairperson, that Donna Hamlet had agreed to be the Treasurer for WWWEPAF.
The Chairperson introduced Cllr. Nicola Greene who will not be a Candidate for this ward at the next Council elections due to the reorganisation coming into effect on 1st April 2019.
Cllr. Nicola Greene reflected on her time over the last 12 years as a Councillor for Wallisdown & Winton West Ward and to say her goodbyes. Cllr. Greene express her sadness in leaving our ward.
Due to the Local Government reorganisation councillors to represent this ward have been reduced to two. Reluctantly Nicola will now be a candidate for another ward in the new BCP Council. Cllr. Nigel Hedges and Cllr. Susan Phillips plan to continue the good work that they have upheld since they were elected. Cllr. Nicola Greene used as an example that residents and councillors working together for the benefit of the local environment produce successful results. The proposed student block of 46 rooms in Victoria Park Road, and how, by supporting each other with leaflet drops organised by Carmel Bending, the plans were rejected and eventually houses built, a much more acceptable outcome to local residents. We wish to thank Cllr. Nicola Greene for our success.
Cllr. Susan Phillips reflected on how much Cllr. Nicola Greene has helped her to become the Councillor she has become today.
Cllr. Nicola Greene thanked Cllr. Susan Phillips for her kind words and wished us all the best for the future, saying good bye as she had to attend another important meeting.
Cllr. Nigel Hedges has been busy helping local residents in Vicarage Rd. Cllr. Hedges and Cllr. Phillips will be candidates for the BCP Local Elections in May to carry on the good work that all three councillors have delivered over the past few years. The new Local Government Reorganisation will be a challenge.
We have been allotted £14,000 of the Community Infrastructure Levy. This will be used to enhance the ward, such as additional litter bins in Dawes Avenue and Glenmoor Rd to accompany the dog bins.
Residents have to cope with students living in their neighbourhood. A recent HMO was requested, but supported by Ward Councillors, the plans were refused. Again a joint effort from Councillors and residents of Fernside Rd proved a success. An HMO in Vicarage Rd has been approached in respect of the area they are responsible for. Three HMO applications have been made for Greenwood Rd which will require some attention.
Wallisdown Road Improvement
There are Concerns in respect of roadwork repairs on Wallisdown Rd but the carriageway is completely worn out. Main priority is being given to pedestrians and cyclists to eliminate dangerous situations. With L G reorganisation, Branksome East and Talbot Woods have merged as one where three councillors will represent the enlarged ward. Work will be going on both sides of the ward to ensure co-operation of both sides of Wallisdown Rd.
Update on Kingsbere Road
Nearly all drains been done now, with help from Shirley! Local residents found a very valuable piece of equipment was reunited with an employee who had this removed from his vehicle who would have had to pay for it out of his own pocket. The council workers praised the residents and said what a fantastic group of neighbours in your Ward.
A resident highlighted how a parking issue was quickly dealt with by involving Cllr. Susan Phillips. This resulted in a” dropped kerb” with markings. Our resident wished to encourage others to highlight their challenges with our Councillors.
A new Mulberry tree has replaced the dead one in Canford Ave. This is now next to new litter bin.
A snapshot of issues have been dealt with: yellow lines, parking, litter and intruders in the church, by working with new Police Team. Cllr. Nigel Hedges thanked residents for their continued co- operation in raising issues, such as the School in Vicarage Road which have now been resolved.
Cllr. Susan Phillips reflected on her time as a Councillor within the ward. Slades Farm was just an open space with some odd buildings when she was first elected! Cllr. Susan Phillips has since been on the Strategy Planning Board and has seen progress since becoming a Councillor. The development of the Velodrome has been a large focal point for Slades Farm Open Spaces. Now the Pavilion is taking shape there will be the purchase of a drinks fountain with integeral doggy bowl from CIL money to provide refreshment for park users and dog walkers. Additional seating around Slades Farm would be welcomed for dog walkers to sit down outside to relax and enjoy the scenery . The £14,000 funding is there for the residents to put forward suggestions for improvements they would like to see in the Ward. Please inform your Cllr. Susan Phillips or Cllr. Nigel Hedges of your suggestions by email to;
The Chair thanked our Councillors for their contributions and invited any questions from the floor.
Rat – Runs
Residents raised various issues of motor vehicle “rat runs” in the area, such as speeding traffic in Priestly Rd and Dawes Avenue. Community Speed Watch or SIDs (Speed Indicator Devices) may be the answer along with re-profiling the speed humps. Cllr. Hedges is expecting that the improvements to Wallisdown Road should help this situation. Our Councillors are communicating with the highways dept in respect of speeding traffic and irresponsible parking. Unfortunately there is no law to this situation and if you should leave a message placed under the windscreen you could be charged with damaging the vehicle. Ensbury Ave has experienced similar practices. The corner near the school is particularly dangerous. A resident commented on the risk of an accident in Ensbury Avenue opposite Tregonwell School. It was also suggested that double yellow lines either side of the Slades Farm car park entrance should alleviate ‘blind spots’ when entering Ensbury Avenue. Cllr. Susan Phillips agreed to contact the necessary dept. We are able to confirm that this has been fulfilled. A resident commented that Dawes Avenue is known as a Blue Route and prioritised for gritting! Cllr. Hedges had noticed the impatience of a driver in Dawes Avenue endeavouring to overtake him while he was driving with consideration to the speed restrictions. Speed humps don’t actually seem to slow traffic this is just down to inconsiderate driving. Cllr. Hedges has requested that speed humps should be across the middle of the road (Dawes Avenue) to prevent slaloming.
There are various types of speed humps within the ward and some are falling into disrepair, these issues should be flagged up with the Council and by informing our Councillors. Finally Nicholas Gdns are experiencing people driving at speed into a cul-de-sac even though there is a sign. Councillor Hedges will request an additional signage.
Cllr. Phillips highlighted the past four years of removing graffiti in Boundary Rd and around the ward. She made her mission to eradicate this blight from our ward, although at a cost, it has since ceased to be a problem, but requested that residents please report it straight away. The graffiti team work tirelessly to keep our town clear of this.
White`abandoned` (furry green) van now GONE. Removed by the Council under environment/DVLA powers from Kinson Road/Old Mulberry Close corner (Aldi Car Park).
Aldi Public Conveniences
Cllr. Hedges has received a response from Aldi properties dept in respect of re-opening the much needed public conveniences in Old Mulberry Close which sadly have had to be closed due to lack of respect and vandalism. There is a possibility that interest in getting this block sponsored by the local traders. Sgt Guy Nicholas of the Neighbourhood Police Team would be in favour of these being brought back into public use if opened during daytime and checked regularly . Cllr. Hedges thanked the 150 local residents who have kept this issue alive and hopefully will experience a positive outcome.
A resident asked if we have enough Parking Wardens in Bournemouth? Cllr. Hedges responded NO! Due to people parking anywhere and everywhere without any consideration, there has been some activity in Vicarage Road, unfortunately there is a new bus bay which has a complicated sign that residents and visitors are not able to understand. This is causing misunderstandings of usage. Cllr. Hedges will contact highways for clarity. The question raised was; why is it necessary for this to be 24 hours a day 365 days of the year?
The parking meter in Slades Farm car park is constantly breaking down.
Cllr. Hedges and Cllr. Phillips asked to be copied into any reports.
Cashless Car Parks
Cllr. Phillips informed the meeting that there are two car parks in Bournemouth still taking cash: Richmond Gardens and Avenue Road. Councillor Hedges confirmed we are heading towards a cashless society! This will prevent vandalism to cash machines and Parking Meters.
A request for a tree stump to be removed
Oswald Road/ Oswald Close
Cllr. Hedges is having ongoing dialogue with the Head teacher of Winton Primary school, residents and highways. There is an issue arisen where the school staff are parking and people coming out into Oswald Close. With the new authority after April, hopefully this will be back on the agenda for a future resolution.
A resident highlighted the ongoing problems in Glenmoor Close, Mr Antell, the Head teacher of Glenmoor Academy was abused by a driver who was inconsiderately parked. The school are working hard to improve the situation. Another resident highlighted having witnessed the inconsiderate parking in Boundary Road during school pick up time. Due to the lack of traffic wardens the problem of irresponsible parking will be difficult to control, although Cllr Hedges confirmed he has himself received two parking tickets a month ago!
The Chairperson thanked our Councillors and the residents for their questions and introduced
Clive Nelson of Active Dorset
Clive was very enthusiastic in the progress of the New Slades Park Pavilion now nearing completion. On Saturday 30th March 2019 there will be a CONSULATION EVENT held at the Ensbury Park Community Centre running from 14.00 hrs-17.00 hrs. There will be a chance to see inside the Pavilion as well as the opportunity to let them know your priorities for Slades Park. All residents are welcome to come along to have` your say`! Please let us know how you would like to see your Park and Pavilion run and thrive.
LIZ DAVIES came along to promote the work of THE CHARITY SHINE.
SHINE Project established across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Running mental and physical wellbeing courses for teenage girls in nearly all the schools. Our local interest is Glenmoor/Winton Academies. Liz shared statistics of self-esteem, anxiety and looks, performances in school and relationships. Shine seeks to encourage girls to look after their wellbeing. Supporting mental and physical health, especially promoting healthy eating. Liz highlighted that there is a whole epidemic of contributing factors to poor mental health of teenage girls in our society. Shine has been involved in the area for 12 years and have had a long connection with Glenmoor School which has really seen an improvement in the pastoral care over the time Shine has been working with them and how they are supporting the girls to get them through these difficult times. Promoting confidence in ones-self. One way of doing this is to be a volunteer. If anyone is aware of any opportunities within the ward/ area that can be offered to Glenmoor Girls, please let Liz know. Liz asked the meeting to help raise the profile of this small charity and Facebook page. There is a health and wellbeing event at The Pavilion in Bournemouth on Feb 11th to help support the girls. Liz thanked the meeting for allowing her to speak today.
The Chairperson was pleased to introduced Amanda Nicholls
Amanda Nicholls clarified her role with the local community, has worked for BBC for 24 years. She is now Assistant Community Liaison Officer involved with a whole range of responsibilities working with volunteers with all the Community Centres in Bournemouth. Amanda is now working in this area and is involved with the Community Development also the WWW Neighbourhood Action Group. The next meeting is at Crumbs, Hibberd Court on 5th March at 4.30 pm. All community spirited residents are welcome to attend. These meetings are quarterly where we require more residents to be involved with ideas for local improvements. We also need to curtail Vandalism and Anti- Social Behaviour.
Amanda’s email is: Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bournemouth’s Great Neighbourhoods
Amanda Nichols came along to promote BGN 3 categories: deadline next week. Nominating and putting forward great things that are happening in our communities. You can nominate your street, your community.
Street or group of residents
Community Group Activity
Nominations can be done through the leaflets here or online. Deadline is next week.
Communities can come along pay for soup and bread and then listen to 4 or 5 charities pitching for a small amount of money for a project. The attendees then vote for which project receives the money. Next lunch is on 6th Feb at St. Johns Church, Moordown. Website : www.bhsoup.com Deadline for next nominations 23rd January 2019.
BH Coastal Lottery
Goes `live` on 29th January 2019. A chance to support our local community. Charities or local groups nominate themselves as a worthy voluntary / charitable organisation. Residents who participate in the Lottery can choose which charity they wish to support. Your contribution is equal to £1 per week with a one in fifty chance of a win.
There is a chance for residents to win a top prize £25,000 per week starting with the first draw on Saturday 2nd March 2019. The odds for this lottery are very good!
More information can be found at:
Chairperson thanked everyone for coming.
Meeting closed at 12.10 pm.
Next Area Forum Residents Meeting will be on Saturday 18th May 2019 at the New Pavilion on Slades Farm.