WWW PUBLIC FORUM – COUNCILLORS’ REPORT :


INTRODUCTION :

Our Wallisdown and Winton West Ward Public Forums remain in stasis owing to the Corona Virus restrictions but your Ward Councillors still wish to communicate with you through which ever medium suits you……we still buy stamps too !

Cllr Phillips’ Mayoralty has been ‘extended’ ( until 28th May 2021 ) as all Civic Ceremonies have been curtailed and indeed stopped since March 2020. We both work tirelessly for the Residents of our ward and appreciate all the BCP Officers do for all Residents especially in this most trying of times. Madam Mayor hopes things will have “returned to normal” long before then.
Many BCP Staff are working from home and some in front line activities have had to self-isolate as precautionary measures at times.

We greatly value our Public Forums and still remain determined to hear all your thoughts on observations on issues that effect you or your neighbours. Please contact us in the manner which is most convenient to you. Our contact details are at the end of this electronic letter.

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY ( CIL ) :

These monies still remain accessible to your Ward Councillors and we are endeavouring to refresh applications made under Bournemouth Council and in the early days of BCP Council.
We have recently had a new Community Noticeboard installed in Bascott Road* and the new large litter bins we have requested for the end of Daws Avenue and Vicarage Road ( where we wish to site another Community Noticeboard – with the agreement of the Head of Moordown St John’s School and the Vicar of Moordown St John’s Church , the Rev. Michael Smith ) and these projects we hope will NOT take so long to come to fruition……
The success of the drinking fountain which also caters lower to the ground for doggies at Slades Farm Active Dorset Pavilion has inspired us to look for more sites for these facilities.

*Our thanks to Community Carer Mrs Jacqui Vallard who never gave up asking us !!!

Play equipment for children gets tired after years of enthusiastic use so we are asking the relevant department Officers of BCP if there are any opportunities to renew , replace or add additional equipment where the sites prove suitable in our Ward.

We are also seeking to provide extra play equipment in the play park at Slades from the same fund. Hopefully , the LONG PROMISED “Speed Indicator Devices” WILL be installed using a separate fund…….recently confirmed.

Boulders Request for grass verge Glenmoor Close :
The Ward Councillors have submitted this request to CURE bad parking at school times
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BEFORE



AFTER

The Future of Bournemouth Learning Centre ,Ensbury Avenue :

WWW Ward Councillors were shocked to see there were advanced plans for a ‘change of use’ for the Bournemouth Learning Centre when it appeared mentioned in one line in cabinet papers just over a month ago. A firm demand for a ‘meeting’ on the important issue for our Residents was demanded , and granted.
We have since had two further detailed briefings on the issue.

Our first concern was that this busy road would have FOUR schools virtually side by side.

From a Councillors’ point of view , we were made aware that the building was originally built as a ‘special school’ and only ceased to be such in 2000. Circa 200 Staff work ‘out of’ the BLC , most off-site but the building is a multi-use meeting , conference , training , office hub – and of course the number of traffic movements associated with such an operation. Councillors only just discovered that some historic parking permits for staff are still operating


in the Slades car park and some of ‘our’ staff’s cars could have been and probably were assumed to be ‘Uni’ vehicles when we set about bringing in the new parking scheme to ensure mainly Park users had advantage of the spaces provided for them ( three hours for free ).

Below , we have included a specific briefing condensing the main points in this project and the fact that the operators of the new High Needs School ( of which BCP are under great pressure to indeed provide more places ) AMBITIONS ACADEMY TRUST will be conducting the public consultation which will start on 1st September for six weeks. When you receive your consultation paper , do take the time to read it and reply.
Ambitions Academy will then submit their paper to the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Head Teachers’ Board for theirs and the DfE’s perspectives on their plans.
AAT already operate the “Nigel Bowes Centre” ( Primary ) next door for that age group’s ‘high needs’ educational requirements and when the internal redesigns have been completed some operations will be shared. There is no expected exterior building works other than the fencing for the outside grass play area as referred to further below. BCP Parks Dept have advised on this aspect of the project and have no objections as the grass area , having been part of the original school receives no obvious direct usage and amounts to 1.4% of the available open public space there.

TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS :
This was the Ward Councillors’ immediate and most serious concern , but the 200 staff working there at present will be relocated to various venues across the BCP area and with only 60 pupils and expected ration of staff , traffic movements will be , seemingly , much less with most pupils themselves bused into and away from the site.

Ward Councillors will seek answers on any specific questions Residents raise of course.

Proposal for change of use back to a special school ( Secondary school age ) for the Bournemouth Learning Centre , Ensbury Avenue :

Current position

  • The proposal to convert the BLC building into a special school has been agreed by Cabinet and Full Council.
  • The proposed provider, Ambitions Academy Trust (AAT), is developing its business case for the satellite provision to the Regional Schools Commissioner (the decision maker).  AATs public consultation will take place 4 September to 15 October, with a provisional decision by the Headteachers’ Board of 16 November.
  • Children’s Services, Environment and AAT are working together to identify how to minimise any impact locally in terms of traffic.  However, there should be less vehicular movements each day as the number of pupils and staff combined is about half the number of officers currently operating out of the building.

Further work is underway with the provider to scope the works required to meet the need of the pupils.  This work has identified two additional aspects:

  1. outside playing space

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in the Slades car park and some of ‘our’ staff’s cars could have been and probably were assumed to be ‘Uni’ vehicles when we set about bringing in the new parking scheme to ensure mainly Park users had advantage of the spaces provided for them ( three hours for free ).

Below , we have included a specific briefing condensing the main points in this project and the fact that the operators of the new High Needs School ( of which BCP are under great pressure to indeed provide more places ) AMBITIONS ACADEMY TRUST will be conducting the public consultation which will start on 1st September for six weeks. When you receive your consultation paper , do take the time to read it and reply.
Ambitions Academy will then submit their paper to the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Head Teachers’ Board for theirs and the DfE’s perspectives on their plans.
AAT already operate the “Nigel Bowes Centre” ( Primary ) next door for that age group’s ‘high needs’ educational requirements and when the internal redesigns have been completed some operations will be shared. There is no expected exterior building works other than the fencing for the outside grass play area as referred to further below. BCP Parks Dept have advised on this aspect of the project and have no objections as the grass area , having been part of the original school receives no obvious direct usage and amounts to 1.4% of the available open public space there.

TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS :
This was the Ward Councillors’ immediate and most serious concern , but the 200 staff working there at present will be relocated to various venues across the BCP area and with only 60 pupils and expected ration of staff , traffic movements will be , seemingly , much less with most pupils themselves bused into and away from the site.

Ward Councillors will seek answers on any specific questions Residents raise of course.

Proposal for change of use back to a special school ( Secondary school age ) for the Bournemouth Learning Centre , Ensbury Avenue :

Current position

  • The proposal to convert the BLC building into a special school has been agreed by Cabinet and Full Council.
  • The proposed provider, Ambitions Academy Trust (AAT), is developing its business case for the satellite provision to the Regional Schools Commissioner (the decision maker).  AATs public consultation will take place 4 September to 15 October, with a provisional decision by the Headteachers’ Board of 16 November.
  • Children’s Services, Environment and AAT are working together to identify how to minimise any impact locally in terms of traffic.  However, there should be less vehicular movements each day as the number of pupils and staff combined is about half the number of officers currently operating out of the building.

Further work is underway with the provider to scope the works required to meet the need of the pupils.  This work has identified two additional aspects:
1. outside playing space

A very small area of outside space is part of the BLC site (approx. 490 sq. M).  It was anticipated that outside playing space in the adjoining school could be utilised, however further assessment has identified that the space is insufficient to allowing the zoning of areas.  The possibility of using a small section of Slades Farm land, which is public open space, is being explored.

The attached plan shows the area of land identified at Slades Farm (and an satellite photo in case helpful):

  •  approximately 1,940 sq. M located between the velodrome and the BLC
  • It is proposed that a strip of land along the side of the paths of approximately 1 metre is left so that users of the path in Slades Farm do not feel hemmed in and allows room for cyclists using the paths (NB this is difficult to show on a 1:1250 plan as it is the thickness of an edging line)
  • This would remove from public use a section of open space, however due to the location of the land the loss of amenity to the local community would be relatively small.  The area of land is a small section of the overall site (approx 1.4% of the site), it is a section of land to one corner and users of Slades Farm will still be able to walk around the velodrome.
  • This proposal will require BCP Council to give formal notice of its intention to dispose of the public open space and consider any objections to the proposed disposal under Section 123(2A) of the Local Government Act 1972

Fence would be ‘ergonomic green’ and outside space will have no permissions for any ‘building(s) in the future……

  1. Planning permission for a fence

To ensure the safety of pupils a fence will need to be installed at the rear (i.e. of the additional land as described above if this is agreed).  This will require planning permission as it will need to be 2.4 M high (the fence at the neighbouring Nigel Bowes Centre is also 2.4 M high, the current BLC perimeter fence is 1.8 M).  Children’s and Environment colleagues are discussing how to ensure the fencing is in keeping with the area, and as described above the proposal is that the fence would be set back from the path around the velodrome.

Public consultation

It is proposed that public consultation by the provider, the notice of the intended disposal of public open space and the notice regarding planning permission are aligned so that the local community can understand and consider the totality of what is being proposed.end

Extra Information :

This new High Needs School is an extension for secondary provision for Longspee School in Poole and the AAT has a proven and trusted operational record within the BCP area already.

If all processes proceed to schedule , and the Public Consultation does not throw up any legal obstacles , the redesigned ( internally ) building could be operating for its intended original purpose by Easter 2021 , if not by September 2021.

As all work is internal there will be no heavy plant accessing the site.
Main internal work is ‘circulation space’ , toilets and the removal of the ‘not fit for purpose’ Conservatory.

The outside space required is unavoidable as pupil age ranges for both sides of the building differ.

The height of the fenced area will be commensurate with neighbouring and all other site fencing i.e. 2.4m.

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding Boundary roundabout highway improvement works.

I’m sorry to hear the difficulties you have been experiencing obtaining information about BCP schemes. I will pass this feedback onto our communications team.

To provide further context to why we are implementing these changes I thought it may be of interest to explain that in the six-year period from 2013 to 2018, there were 22 reported collisions on the roundabout, resulting in 22 casualties. 77% of which involved cyclists, 95% involved vulnerable road users (cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists). In addition, there have also been 10 collisions reported on Talbot Avenue within this time period.

The main objectives of the scheme are to reduce collision on the roundabout and enhance pedestrian and cycle facilities. I have attached some plans which hopeful provides a better understanding of our intentions. 
In relation to your comments about the scheme I will try to address them one by one:

  1. Boundary Road – removal of existing uncontrolled crossing. 
  2. The existing uncontrolled island will be removed and a new controlled toucan crossing installed 20m back from the new roundabout, to provide a safer link around the roundabout. The new roundabout is considerably smaller than the a existing, providing space to install wide shared pedestrian/cycle facilities around the roundabout and plant trees and wildflowers to enhance the environment
  1. Talbot Avenue
  2. The proposed living fence will be 1.2m high consisting of wire mesh covered in ivy. Please see attached plan Z5156-300-001 for further details.
  • The new living fence will replace the current splitter island, with no gaps for pedestrians to cut through, reducing the temptation for pedestrians to cross the carriageway inappropriately and therefore reduce potential collisions.
  • The existing pedestrian crossing is to be removed and a new Toucan crossing installed 20m from the new roundabout. The new position of the crossing is on the desire line and will provide a continuous off road link
  • around the roundabout.  The footpath on the north side of Talbot Avenue will be widened to 5m to provide a shared cycle/pedestrian route. Talbot Avenue will remain 4 lanes, however the lane widths will be reduced to 3m each, to encourage lower traffic speeds. 
  • There will be temporary bus stops on Talbot Avenue during the works. There is no indentation at the present time to provide an uncontrolled crossing on Talbot Avenue as we believe the new toucan crossing will provide a safe place to cross. We may look to install a second crossing on the east of Talbot Avenue near Talbot Roundabout as part of future works.
  • The contractor is expected to undertake the works with due care and take reasonable steps to protect all existing boundaries, I will emphasise the existing stone wall to the contractor.
  • Diversion routes for the works will be in place, signed in accordance with TSRGD/Chapter 8 and regularly monitored.

I will pass your suggestion of a zebra crossing at Talbot Avenue roundabout to our Road Safety team for consideration.

Marie Barnsley IEng FIHE
Project Engineer
Growth & Infrastructure

BASCOTT ROAD COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD : Taking under two years (!) from a “Community Infrastructure Levy” bid submitted by Ward Councillors from BOURNEMOUTH Council – now BCP Council of course – and inspired by local Community Champion and Carer Mrs Jacqui Vallard , Bascott Road finally have their Community Notice Board.
It will be populated and refreshed with WWW Public Forum Chair , Local Councillors and Mrs Vallard herself holding the keys.
( We are apllying for a similar one in Vicarage Road.

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ALL pothole in Vicarge Road should now be filled , thanks to eagle-eyed reporting by Residents there.

PARKING ON VERGES :

This has proven a very hot topic and appears prominently in a “Enforcement Dossier” which Conservative Councillors have been working on over the last FIVE YEARS ! It is now 72 pages long. Conservative Councillors from Boscombe East Ward and others across the old Bournemout Council Wards have been and remain involved and despite there being no Environment & Transport Committee under BCP Council , the Chair and other members of

Part ONE of TWO……continued……..

WWW PUBLIC FORUM Councillors’ Report Part TWO of TWO – July 2020

continued…..

that Committee remain dedicated to continuing the work which still sees Residents’ complaints landing on our desks.

Pictures above illustrate the situation and our roads DO still have ‘no parking on verge’ and ‘Verge Parking Penalty’ signs in situ. We are now hopeful with a new Parking & Enforcement review taking place and some strenuous depositions by Conservative Councillors that new robust action is now taking place………

A Resident of Daws Avenue has given us renewed energy on this issue and his reporting has assisted the debate. We await with interest the progress on that issue in that particular road.

Parks Dept and Councillors met with Stuart Ross , new Commercial Director of Bournemouth “The Poppies” FC to discuss the Council’s assistance in maintenance issues and relaying with an FA grant of the pitch with new fencing. It was a most productive meeting and it is hopeful now great progress will be made with this important community asset.

GRAFFITI , UNIVERSITY SUBWAY :
This was reported by local Councillors and it was cleaned off imeediately only for more to appear within 48 hours. This too has been reported for immediate action.

COUNCILLORS LITTER PICK : 130 items collected and correctly disposed off.

VICTORIA PARK ROAD – EXPERIMENTAL TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER*:
A previous attempt to allevaite traffic bottle-neck delays into Victoria Avenue were withdrawn after a co-ordinated and forceful deposition by Residents that they did NOT want any such change(s).

With Government Covid countermeasures seeing projects sped through…..the full scheme for Victoria Park Road is about to go out for Public Consultation.
WWW Ward Councillors have already registered our reservations with the anticipation that Residents there will perhaps ‘challenge’ the scheme.
Councillors’ concerns again are the very short ( summer holiday ) ‘lead times’ but it is driven by Government guidelines…….

Some perspective :

“The planned *ETRO for Victoria Park Ave is part of a step change intervention to encourage the take up of sustainable travel.  The DfT Emergency Sustainable Travel Grant is quite explicit about wanting step change of this type and therefore this agenda is ultimately coming from Central Government.  The current Council administration appears strongly in favour of that agenda too, which in fairness also aligns with current Local Transport Policy.  Such measures are a more progressive approach and of course ultimately it is a question of politics as to how quickly or vigorously one pursues such an agenda.

NB :ETRO is a consultation process in itself, it is experimental or trial in its very nature.  Also the plan would be to review after 6 months although it is true the experiment could extend for up to 18 months.”

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REDHILL & NORTHBOURNE WARD , BCP “FOX CAFÉ” LICENCE APPLICATION
Licensing Sub-Committee , 16th June 2020

( This is included in our WWW Ward Councillors’ report as many attendees of the Public Meeting prior to the Licensing Committee meeting were from WWW Ward ) :

Application for a New Premises Licence Fox Café Redhill Avenue
Meeting date 31 March 2020 – postponed until 16 June 2020
Status : Public Report Executive summary Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council
Parks Department have made an application for a new premises licence to allow regulated entertainment Monday to Sunday 11:00 to 22:00 hours and the supply of alcohol Monday to Sunday 12:00 to 22:00 hours.

WWW and R&N Conservative Councillors have paid attention to this application and from the Residents who replied to the Public Consultation and those from both Wards who attended the public meeting prior to the Committee hearing.

The Licensing Authority has received representations from Dorset Police and 23 other persons, in respect of this application under the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, public nuisance and “protection of children from harm” licensing objectives. The Licensing Authority may only consider aspects relevant to the application that have been raised in the representation. Where representations have been received in relation to an application by a responsible authority or any other person, and the concerns have not been resolved through mediation between all parties, the Scheme of Delegation set out in the Council’s Constitution states that these applications should be dealt with by the Licensing Sub-Committee.

Minutes:

The Chairman explained the protocol detailing the procedures of the meeting, as attached to the Agenda and asked that it be agreed.  All participating parties agreed the procedure.

Attendance:

From BCP Council:

Trudi Barlow – Licensing Officer

Nananka Randle– Licensing Manager (observing)

Linda Cole – Legal Advisor to the Sub Committee

Nicky Hooley – Democratic Services Officer and Clerk to the Sub Committee

Darren Roser – Applicant BCP Parks

Michael Rowland – Applicant BCP Parks

Gareth Gosling – ResponsibleAuthority Dorset Police

Louise Busfield– Responsible Authority Dorset Police

Councillor Jackie Edwards – representing residents.

The Licensing Officer presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix ‘A’ to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Councillors were asked to consider an application made by Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council Parks Department, for a new premises licence to allow regulated entertainment Monday to Sunday 11:00 to 22:00 hours and the supply of alcohol Monday to Sunday 12:00 to 22:00 hours.

The applicant, Mr Rowland addressed the Sub-Committee.

Councillor Edwards addressed the Sub-Committee, on behalf of two residents, who lived near to the site, who had concerns regarding the application.

The Sub-Committee asked various questions of all parties present at the Hearing. All parties were given the opportunity to ask questions of one another. All parties were then able to sum up before the Sub-Committee retired to make its decision.

Right of Appeal

The Legal Advisor reported that all parties to the application have the right to Appeal to the Magistrates Court within the period of 21 days beginning with the day on which the Applicant is notified by the Licensing Authority of this decision in writing.  

It was RESOLVED to grant the application for a premises licence for Fox Café, Redhill Avenue Bournemouth, with conditions as set out in section M of the operating schedule of the application.

In addition the following conditions were added:

a)    The CCTV provision must cover the whole of the licensed area; and

b)    A noise limiter be installed, and a maximum noise level be agreed, in consultation with Pollution Control, for events where amplified music is played. 

Reasons for decision:

The sub-committee were satisfied that the application did not undermine the licensing objectives, and if run in accordance with the operating schedule would not cause noise nuisance or anti-social behaviour to local residents who had raised concerns.

The sub-committee welcomed clarification from the applicant that any drinks supplied to the outdoor area will not be supplied in glass; about the size of the premises and the type of function that may be booked. They noted that no application had been made for supply of alcohol to be consumed off the premises and the applicant was no longer applying to be licensed for indoor sporting events. 

There is an expectation that any risk assessment undertaken in respect of a pre-booked function will be very thorough and adequate staffing will be in place at all times, to deal responsibly, not only with functions but when the premises are open to the public.

The sub-committee noted that Sgt Gosling’s main concern was in respect of any pre-booked evening functions and he advised that the majority of ASB in the recreation ground occurred in the evening. They welcomed the amendments to the application made after the meeting with the Police and set out in paragraph 4 of the report namely to remove the old bowling green from the licensable area and add the following conditions:

a)    The serving of alcohol is ancillary to the purchase of food;

b)    Only food purchased at the Fox Café to be consumed on site;

c)     Any activity after 7pm will be a pre-booked function only, with alcohol served until 10pm only.  The premises to be closed by 10.30pm; and

d)    There shall be half hourly checks of the licensed area.

The sub-committee however, felt that concerns raised by the Police during the hearing, in relation to CCTV coverage needed to be addressed within the premises licence to ensure the

whole licensable area is covered by CCTV, and to assist staff in keeping control and effectively managing the whole of the premises, where alcohol was to be consumed.

The sub-committee acknowledged concerns raised by local residents in relation to noise levels, especially where amplified music may be played and therefore thought it proportionate that a noise limiter be installed to ensure amplified music levels do not cause a noise nuisance and disturb local residents.

Voting: Unanimous.”

Cllr Hedges was able to discuss with BCP Parks Officers more recently about the ‘loss’ of the bowling green at Redhill and the Café licence as noted above. The practicality and affordability of many traditional sporting offers across the country by Councils have seen great changes in demand and financial viability , or otherwise , which results in community assets having to alter their offer to cater for modern needs.
It is regrettable that any traditional offer and pastime that is lost might not return , of course , and the concern expressed by Residents to all Conservative Councillors on such applications were represented and recorded.

Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a survey asking residents about their experiences of anti social behaviour.

The survey asks residents whether they have been victims of anti social behaviour, how much of a problem they think it is in their area and whether they believe it’s got worse or better in recent years.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, who is launching the survey today, hopes to gain a broader understanding of the issue across Dorset and how it affects residents’ lives.

To complete the survey please click on the following link:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DorsetASBsurvey

He said: “Anti social behaviour can make people’s day to day lives a misery and can have a devastating impact on individuals and communities.

“I’ve heard many stories about people’s lives being ruined by incidents of nuisance and disorder, so I’m launching the survey to understand the problem in more detail.”

The survey will also look into what types of anti social behaviour residents think Dorset Police should prioritise, as well as whether people who have experienced problems have reported them to the police and other agencies.

The police take responsibility for certain kinds of anti social behaviour – such as threatening or drunken behaviour and buying drugs on the street – with organisations such as local authorities and housing associations dealing with a range of other incidents, such as barking dogs and noisy neighbours.

The survey will also look into people’s understanding of which organisations they should contact when reporting different types of anti social behaviour.

Findings will be used to plan future strategies helping the police work with organisations to tackle the problem as well as to brief the county’s next Police and Crime Commissioner after forthcoming elections.

Mr Underhill previously announced he would not stand in the elections, which were originally supposed to take place in May but were postponed until May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “We’re trying to get responses from as wide a range of people as possible – including people who have been victims of anti social behaviour as well as those who may have been perpetrators.

“It’s also important that we get the views of younger people, as they are often affected by many of these problems.”

Police would like to make you aware of the following scam which has occurred in your area.We have received a report of a recent telephone scam. The call is a recorded message and claims to be from The HMRC. The message states that a fraud has been committed by the recipients HMRC account and instructs the recipient to press 1 otherwise a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
Should anyone receive similar contact, please report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk
Follow this link to the Dorset Police website for crime prevention advice – https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/
Message Sent By
Barry Elford (Police, PCSO 5192, Bournemouth East, North South)

Cllr Nigel P. Hedges                                            
07941 562 886
nigel.hedges@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Susan Phillips
Clair Susan Phillips

Cllr Susan Phillips
 Mayor of Bournemouth, May 2019 – 2021
 07081 072 004
susan.phillips@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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