Issue 47                                             July 2017

Welcome to the Online SAMRA Newsletter, with information about what is going on in the area. The frequency of these mailings depends upon what is happening, hopefully of interest to SAMRA members.

Hello everyone,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the rather variable summer so far. Thank you to all who came to our last general meeting when we hosted PCSOs Stan Mackrell and Aisha Walker as well as Brian Kennedy and Paul Martin; members of the Lowland Rescue Team. After an interesting talk we were invited to donate to this good cause and ~£130 was raised. We thank Brian and Paul for their time – especially as they had been out all day looking for a lost person!

Matters of interest around our patch:

Roeshot Hill: You will know that outline planning permission for 875 new homes was granted at the recent CBC planning committee meeting; this “urban extension” has been discussed for years but now we are seeing the reality.

Despite professionals in local education and health assuring us that existing schools and surgeries can absorb the 3000+ new people who will occupy these houses, I know that some of you are still sceptical. If you have examples of school places missed or long waits for doctors’ appointments etc, I suggest you supply the specific details to your elected councillors. As often in these cases, the devil here is in the detail.

My personal concern is traffic and road congestion. Again, the highway authority does not see a problem but anyone travelling by car or bus through Stony Lane or Fountain junctions will know the gridlock that occurs there regularly. Add 875 dwellings-worth plus quarry lorries (if/when that happens), I see trouble ahead. And, of course, the once-proposed by-pass has gone very quiet.

Only slightly less quiet is the subject of local government reshaping; the Christchurch-only referendum was put on hold for the general election; no sign yet of a new date for that. Neither has the “minded to” decision come out from the SoS before government recess. There has been much press-coverage and other opinions aplenty; I read today about the possibility of re-joining Hampshire to align more with the New Forest national park. Whether that would be better I cannot say, also I do not know who would be able to make that decision so it seems to be all up in the air.

A more discussed topic is our lovely beach and coastal ways. No less than three initiatives are in the pipeline;

1. Avon Beach maintenance and protection; the horrid concrete blocks are now buried awaiting the planning permission to raise the promenade by 90cm; probably this autumn. You can make comments on this application by clicking here  until 11th August (you have to accept the disclaimer then go to the make comments box, both at the bottom of the page).

At SAMRA we would like to see the Public Right Of Way (PROW) extended along the prom and replacement of the shower that was removed when decking was installed.


2. CBC initiative to consult on how we would like our beaches etc to look; I believe the recent meetings about Highcliffe Castle zig-zag fall into this. We are being asked how we would like our beaches to be presented; would it include artworks, boardwalks etc for example?  Visit for more and add your comments.


3. Natural England’s coastal path; part for the national effort to allow access to as much coastal pathway as possible. Ours is the bit from Tuckton to Highcliffe; a 53-page document lays out the details. Honestly, I cannot see that anyone with an OS map could not have worked it out but “Map G” shows the route strolling across Tuckton bridge into the historic area of Christchurch before picking up at Bridge Street and heading east. The summer alternative would be to use the Mudeford ferry. Opinions have been expressed by those with beach houses or property on the route (or designated footpaths near it) as they worry about an extra 10 people a day walking past their properties. Consultation for this ends on 8th August.

Please do have your say;

I am told that Christchurch Borough Council will be representing to Natural England.

Health and hospitals; If you took part in the recent NHS Dorset CCG Consultation about local hospitals, you can see the results at .

Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals (RBCH) Foundation Trust is holding an Open Day on 9th September, including health talks on medical research, cholesterol, vision, volunteering and organ & blood donation. There will also be tours behind the scenes of theatres and the pharmacy. To book go to The annual RBCH members’ meeting is also that day, phone 01202 704246 for details.

Other dates:

11th September; Understanding Stroke

4th December; End of Life Care. Both to be held at Village Hotel, phone 01202 704394 to book.

Also events brought to us by our Governors;

3rd October; Improving Patient care

27th October; “Women’s health Waist Downwards”. To book both; email or phone 01202 704246.

And finally about health (from me anyway); a huge 15 Public Governor posts are up for election this summer so this is our chance to vote for who represents us to the hospitals. Foundation trust members will be sent a pack; voting must be in by 22nd August. To become a member go to; .

SAMRA date; please save and add to your diaries;

Our 2017 AGM will be held on Friday 13th October at 7.00pm in Stanpit Village Hall. As yet we have not booked a speaker so if you know of anyone or a cause that would be of interest to our membership, please advise me at

SAMRA membership in general is reducing due to several good reasons. Apart from natural wastage, we are seeing more new residents unwilling to join as they feel they get so much information through the door already. This cannot be denied with the re-emerged Christchurch Times and several advertising booklets. Aren’t we lucky to live in such a place where so much is going on!

Request for road wardens:

We are looking for road wardens in the areas shown below, and would be most grateful if any member could help by delivering the SAMRA Newspage (deliveries in February, June and September - and collection of annual subscriptions in June each year).  Please could you telephone Jackie and David Goss on 01202 247519 if you could help with any of these rounds.

(a) Viscount Drive, Bure Court, Bure Homage Lane, Britannia Way and Auster Close (a total of 20 houses); (b) Rodney Drive, Cunningham Close, Howe Close, De Havilland Way, Mountbatten Close (a total of 14 houses); (c) Falcon Drive, Dunlin Close, Wren Close, Mortimer Close, Sheldrake Road (a total of 16 houses).  The last two rounds could possibly be combined as they are all in roughly the same area.

As usual recently, we are also looking for more committee members; either to just sit in, listen and take part in the discussion or to also help with secretarial and/or editor duties. For more information, comment or queries, please contact me at the email address above or on 01425 278335.

Debbie Stephens


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