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Noisy Lobster

Finally, a decision from the Rt Hon Sajid Javid.

He has announced that he will accept the creation of two new unitary authorities in Dorset to replace the existing nine councils. One will cover Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and the other the rest of rural Dorset.  Each will deliver all local government services in their areas.

It is proposed that the councils are formed before 1st April 2019 prior to the local elections of 2 May 2019. This is subject to legislation.

And that legislation could well be thwarted by a judicial review; which Christchurch, along with their MP Sir Christopher Chope, hope to seek against the Government’s decision.

It was promised in Parliament that No council would be abolished without its consent.

It is clear that Christchurch never consented.

But, it was split amongst our councillors and with every other council agreeing with the Future Dorset proposal, there really could be no other outcome.

Work will now commence on the restructuring and reestablishing the wards and the number of councillors representing us.                 

Council Restructuring


Following the EGM on the 16th March, we are pleased to announce that SAMRA managed to recruit some new committee members to fill the vacant positions.

Mike Duckworth was voted on as Chairman and Josie Spencer took on the role of Secretary.

Kathy Kidd was also co opted onto the main committee.

We thank them all for volunteering to save the organisation

For our February 2018  Newspage :

Click here to see the online copy.



Christchurch Food Festival


Fun for All Foodies!

Festival Market & Festival Village

Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May 2018

Click for more information.


Mudeford Wood


Wed 24th February - Quiz

Sat 17th March - Skittles

Sat 7th April - Spring Concert

Sat 14th July - Fun Day

Sat 1st September - Dog Show

Click for Details.


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Members Meeting

Friday 22nd June

7pm Stanpit Village Hall

All welcome


Let’s hope this process is transparent and tax harmonisation short as now we demand PARITY!


Community Governance

SAMRA and other Residents’ Associations (RAs) were asked to partake in the Community Governance Review.

After much discussion between us and other RA’s, SAMRA did submit a response.

Currently, there are two Parish Councils in Christchurch: Burton & Hurn. We suggested the formulation of three more Local Councils.

This is only a suggestion and it will go to full consultation once all responses are processed.

There may be a cost (precept) added to our council tax, but this will depend on exactly what the local council is responsible for.


Councillors have voted to approve the Noisy Lobster’s plans for a first floor extension.

Despite the development being smaller than previous, it still received over 100 objections.

Well done to our Mudeford Councillor, Paul Hilliard for speaking out against the proposal.

The vote was close 4-3 in favour.

Claire Bath, Trevor Watts, Lisle Smith, Frederick Neale  - were for,

David Jones, Denise Jones and  Peter Hall -

were against.

Only 7 out of 11 voted as it was held in half term without the usual chair. We feel that this meeting should have been postponed - but guess it was constitutionally acceptable to go ahead with so few committee members on such a sensitive local issue.