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 :
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.
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 :
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.
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. )
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.
PS LEWIS BAILEY 2209”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remain vigilant and stay safe.
Resilient Community Co-ordinator
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.
As a charity, the Bobby Scheme relies on donations to fund our work. Please consider helping us to help the vulnerable and elderly.