Issue 45 March 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.
I do apologise for the lateness of this missive; it has been difficult to determine the best time to send it with so much going on.
Local Government restructuring:
Last week I attended an Extraordinary meeting of CBC full council to discuss the question of a referendum to determine the wishes of Christchurch residents regarding future local government; i.e. whether to be incorporated into a new council including Bournemouth and Poole (option 2b) or not. There was much energetic debate, largely around the recent consultation carried out by ORS which was seen to be flawed. Its wording was not approved by CBC and it was seen to be misleading, especially around the tetchy topic of parity in council tax. It cited that 20 years would be necessary for those in Poole to be paying the same as we pay in Christchurch, a situation that your committee found very unsatisfactory.
Even so, only a tiny percentage of Dorset residents responded to the consultation but a significantly higher percentage in Christchurch showing, I believe, just how much we care about our local government. The majority of Christchurch residents did not vote for option 2b but nevertheless a submission has been made to Secretary of State for Local Government (SoS) by six Dorset councils to support option 2b. You will know that Christchurch was not one of the six. Hence the referendum, to discover how Christchurch residents really feel with a view to making another submission to SoS.
Several eloquent speeches were made, largely around the cost of carrying out such
a poll, and the ultimate vote was close; 13-
Many at the meeting were clearly in favour of not accepting Option 2b; i.e. of keeping some sort of autonomy for Christchurch. To provide a balanced view on the future of Dorset we provide this link;https://futuredorset.co.uk. The video is worth a watch.
Local councils part 2:
On 4th May we will all get the chance to vote for our representative councillors
at Dorset County Council (DCC). This is in the usual 4-
Avon Beach Cafe (aka The Noisy Lobster):
We await the appeal decision from Bristol to determine whether a first floor extension will be allowed. Remember this was advised for rejection by CBC council officers, voted for rejection by CBC Planning committee and is now in appeal. We wonder if CBC will withhold Landlord's consent, as surely they should with so much official opposition.
Avon Beach Concrete blocks:
As the blocks are there purely to protect privately owned beach huts, we wonder why we (through CBC) had to pay for their installation. In any case, they will not be required through the summer so we have asked that they be removed until such time as the full planning process allows the raising of the prom level. The removal should be at no further expense to CBC.
Alliance of Christchurch Residents' Associations (ACRA):
As reported previously, we were saddened to learn that ACRA's long-
Roeshot Hill Development (message from Derek):
As this development is one of the biggest in the area we are very concerned about
services for the community such as health, education, roads and transport. We were
therefore greatly dismayed to read in a letter from a Dr Tomkins, Chair of Christchurch
Locality Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, the following comments which are taken
from his letter to FAO: George Whalley, Principal Planning Officer, Christchurch
and East Dorset Councils dated 23-
"Our recommendation is not to provide an additional health facility as part of this
development as this would not be cost-
This seems at odds with a letter from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital dated 30-
" It is clear however, that further work does need to be done to ensure that there
are adequate step-
SAMRA are greatly concerned for the future care of the 50,000 residents of the Borough of Christchurch especially now with the additional 875 houses planned for the Roeshot Hill development, which will equate to an additional 2,000 to 3,000 residents that do not seem to have been accounted for in the GP reorganisation plans. Highcliffe Surgery doesn’t seem to be in the plans which is also very stretched and Dr Tomkins's surgery on the Christchurch Hospital site doesn't seem to be included in the reorganisation of GP Surgeries either.
Mudeford Quay planning app. 8/17/0341/FUL for
"Removal of existing timber slipway shed and replaced with new larger timber shed to provide activities/water sports facilities, and quay information point". Details are at: http://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=106315.Note comments by date is 18/04/2017. SAMRA committee will be discussing this at our next meeting on 5th April so if you have any comments you would like included, please do come along to the open part of the meeting at 7pm, Stanpit Village Hall upstairs room. As always, I advise that I can write a letter representing SAMRA (assuming we can reach an agreed position) but that still counts as only one letter; any from yourselves or even both in one household count as one each. Therefore you need to record your views for yourselves as well.
And finally ... sadly I have to report that our secretary has resigned from the post
citing other activities. We thank him for his time and need to work out how to proceed
forwards. Obviously the best way would be for another willing and able person to
step forward to occupy the post and we would urge that you consider if you can help
in this way. In the meantime I shall slightly rearrange my position to be the taker
of minutes -
The small matter of an editor for these missives and our Newspages is still outstanding; I am coping at the moment but am very close to overload so any help available would be most appreciated. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01425 278335 if you can offer to help.
For comments on any of the above please do not hesitate to contact the committee;
we always strive to represent our members but we do need to hear your views. The
Best wishes, Debbie
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