Minutes of a Meeting of the Committee held at 18 Sandbourne Road

at 2.00pm on Monday 29th April 2019


  1. Present: John Barker (President), Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice Chairman), Hilda Brownlow, Elaine Cooper, Beryl Parker (Social Secretary), John

Soane (Built Environment Officer)

  1. Apologies: Paul Newsom, (Minutes Secretary), Sally McGrath (Membership Secretary).


  1.   The minutes of the meeting held on 25th March were agreed.


  1. Matters Arising from the Minutes:
  • Kate White. Ken has asked Kate to provide a costed and timetabled proposal to help us consider best way to move forward with membership drive, raising our profile and strengthening the Committee.
  • Bournemouth University Graduate History Project. Awaiting latest update.


  1. The Planning Policy Steering Group:
  • Awaiting new governance arrangements of BCP Council after the local elections being held next week to see if a version of the PPSG will continue.


  1.     Built Environment.

6.1     Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan.  A petition re revocation of prior approval of right of demolition  circulated has been circuated.  Signed by Ken and Elaine so far from Committee and Ken has forwarded it on to Ian Harvey at Civic Voice.

6.2    Radcliffe Court.   Plans approved for 26 flats.


  1. Heritage and Conservation.
    • Regent Cinema & ABC. Regent awaiting new plans.  ABC likely to be converted to flats according to latest rumours.
    • Nuffield Hospital, Lansdowne Road. Awaiting revised plans and feedback following last month’s meeting.


  1. Planning.  See John Soane’s report:

8.1    6 Valetta Road.  The design of the six flats and 1 house was incongruous and should         be deferred awaiting a better scheme.

  • 36, Duncliffe Road, Wick.  The existing house to be demolished and replaced with          a new single-family dwelling.  The new dwelling needs a better design.

  8.3    16 Vale Road.  A late 19th Century property to be replaced with a three-storey block          of seven flats. The design is bland and in no way enhances the area.   Defer for further        discussion.

8.4    63 Boscombe Overcliff.  Application to demolish an interwar family residence and construct a four-storey block of flats.  The design is poor.  Refuse.

8.5       1008 Wimborne Road.  Application to build a mixed development of five flats and two shops on the site of the former Holly Inn car park.   Acceptable design.  Grant.

8.6       Horse & Jockey Public House, Wimborne Road.   An application to demolish the building and construct a large structure of two and four storeys containing 28 flats.  The proposed building is too large for the site.  A reduction in size is suggested to produce a more balanced appearance.  Defer for further consideration.


  1. Planning Board Observations. There was no Planning Board meeting in April due to reorganisation of the Council.  The Next meeting will be on 30th May, which will attended by John Soane as CS Observer.  Venue to be advised.


  1. Communications Timetable.  Summer newsletter due 30th June.


  1. Civic Voice.  Our corporate membership has been renewed. Ian Harvey gave a very good talk at the AGM.   He mentioned a Toolbox for a review of our strengths and weaknesses. Ken has requested a copy and is now awaiting a reply.  There will be a Civic Voice conference in Birmingham on 29th May.


  1. Bournemouth 2026   No further communication.


  1.     BCVS.  A meeting is to be held on May 31st following the merger of Poole CVS and Bournemouth CVS on how to move forward.  Elaine to attend. 


  1. Bournemouth-in-Bloom.   Taking entries for the competition.


  1. Activities Officer.

The 2018/19 programme is now ended. The new programme to begin in September is now ready but not yet circulated.   Suggestions were made for visits which Ken would follow up.


  1. Membership Officer’s Report.  No report as Sally absent. Ken, Jean and Peter have

tried to contact Sally but without success. Ken and Jean would continue to try.

Ken noted that three members have died but a couple joined at the AGM so in

Sally’s absence he had written to them acknowledging membership and sending

them the most recent newsletter and activities information.


  1. Webmaster’s Report. All up-to-date including AGM presentation.  Ken was           reimbursed the £41.99 he had paid to TSO Host.


  1. Treasurer’s Report:  Current account £37,264.02 at 31st March 2019.


  1.  Meeting with Caroline Peach on 29th March

Jean and Elaine reported that as this was to be the last meeting with the existing Bournemouth Council administration, Caroline had baked   a lemon drizzle cake for us.

  • The new Planning Committee will be held every 4 weeks. The location revolving between the three areas of the new BCP Council.
  • Graham Farrant is the new Chief Executive over 4 tiers of management. Head of Planning will be at the fourth tier.
  • Cliff End Hotel is being demolished completely, nothing is being salvaged.
  • Westbourne Grand Cinema. Still no news.
  • Hicks Farm. On-going plans for a Tourism/Heritage Centre.
  • Training Hotel. No progress.
  • Winter Gardens. Legal issues holding up progress.
  • Herbert Hospital. Part of the new plans was approved.
  • Punshon Site. Plans awaiting consideration.
  • Belvedere Hotel. Development awaited.
  • Riviera Hotel. Awaiting consideration.
  • Wessex Fields. Development plans awaited for proposed medical research centre.  Said to create 2500 new jobs.
  • Odeon Cinema. May have a cultural offer.
  • ABC Cinema. Likely be converted into flats.


  1.            Any Other Business


       20.1         Bournemouth Civic Society 50th Anniversary 2022

                        Ideas were discussed on how to mark the Society’s 50th anniversary in 2022 including

a commemorate book, a planted or floral feature or public work of art, civic design

awards  and an exhibition on the builders of Bournemouth.   A sub-committee would

be formed.


  1. Next Meetings – Due to Bank Holidays and other commitments it was agreed to meet

                      on the  following dates for the next three meetings: Mondays 20th May, 24th June and

29th July   at 18 Sandbourne Road


          The meeting closed at 15.10



Ken Mantock

20th May 2019                                                                                      Chairman