Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held at 18 Sandbourne Road, Westbourne 1.00pm on Monday 24th April 2023 from 1310 to 1340hrs


Present: Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice Chairman), John Soane (Built Environment Officer), Hilda Brownlow, Elaine Cooper, Jean-Daniel Kursner, and  Phil Stanley-Watts


Apologies: Sally McGrath (Membership Secretary)and Alex McKinstry


  1. The minutes of the meeting held on 27th March 2023 were agreed.


  1. Matters Arising from the Minutes – None
  2. Built Environment.
  • Firs Glen Road, Fortitudo Redevelopment – The plans that had been approved by Planning Board against the Planning Officers recommendation have been called in by the Secretary of State.
  • Planning Committee  – Proposals agreed that mean the number of objections triggering planning applications coming before the Planning Committee will be based on those living within one mile of the site.
  • A338 Slip Road to Bournemouth Hospital – Recently approved by  delegated decision of Planning Board Chair.
  • West Cliff Gardens – New flatblock nearing completion.
  • Cliff House Hotel – Plans approved for change of use to flats.
  • Gainsborough Court, Cromwell Rd – Revised plans submitted – JS to review
  • Oil Spill in Poole Harbour – Cleaning up operation now completed.
  • Southbourne Crossroads Car Park – JD reported that Tobias Ellwod MP had written to Michael Gove regarding the appeal decision – outcome awaited.


  1. Heritage and Conservation.
  • 896 Christchurch Road Revised plans submitted – JS to review
  • Nici Hotel (former Savoy Hotel) – New pool and spa has opened
  • Churchill Gardens – Friends of Churchill Gardens PS-W to follow up
  • Parks Foundation Big Gives Green Match Fund – 20th to 27th April
  • Upside Down House – The plan for the feature in front of The Pavilion having been rejected by the planners has now been approved having been resubmitted.
  • Throop SANG – £280K extra agreed for the public green space and enabling works by Council Chief Exec.
  • Benches – Telephone call received from Carol B. Issue passed on to Council.
  • St Peters Church – Phil attended the heritage day last Saturday.


  1. See John Soane’s written report for March
  • 69  Glenferness Avenue, Talbot Woods – First floor side extension, a new extended rear façade, a redesigned front elevation and main entrance to  an existing detached property -Defer for further         discussion and improvement.


  • 35 Eldon Road,   Wallisdown    Erect a detached, two storey, two bedroom house on a severed site – Refuse


  • 38 Headswell Crescent,  Northbourne  Erect a three bedroom detached dwelling in the rear portion of an already developed house site -Defer for further consideration and improvement.


  • 28 Kimberley Road,  Southbourne  Construct a two storey rear extension to an existing house – the Society can find no reason to oppose it.


  • 24 Norwich Avenue  Create further accommodation at second floor ( roof ) level on top of a small, late nineteenth century artisan/ workingman’s cottage – Refuse


  • 76 Brackendale Road   Construct single and two storey extensions, mainly to the side and rear of an existing property – Defer for further discussion and improvement.


  1. Planning Committee .
  • April – 20th April – Herbert Hospital, 49 Alumhurst Rd, Westbourne.
  • May – No meetings
  • June – 1st and 15th June at 10am


  1. Communications Timetable.  As agreed at the February meeting the next newsletter would promote the AGM and that this would take place in June or July or when the Committee had agreed the recommendation it had regarding the future of the society – see item 12.


  1. Civic Voice.  Bulletins received and circulated. 13th Anniversary of founding of Civic Voice took place last week.


  1. Membership Officer’s Report.
  • Sally – No report as recovering from fall.
  • JD – Keeping in touch with the Southbourne members and had sent them The Echo report re Cliff House Hotel. Noted also that payment of BACs was available but only 3 people had renewed this way instead of cheques.


  1. Webmaster’s Report.  All  up to date and  all enquiries being followed up. Website domain renewal due at £148 pus £50 so agreed to renew.


  1. Treasurer’s Report:
  • Current Account. £40,336.76
  • Annual Income and Expenditure report for 2022 completed by Peter and signed off by John the auditor, so thanks to both.


  1. Prospects for the future of Bournemouth Civic Society.


Summary of  responses to the 18th March communication with members:


  • The latest direct and far more specific call to arms to members said replies were needed by 23rd April so the AGM agenda could be agreed.
  • Call to arms also posted to Bournemouth History Facebook page, but so far not appeared there.
  • Call to arms shared with The Echo so feature hoped to be written up following interview on Friday.
  • Call to arms shared with Radio Solent.
  • Replies previously received from JO, ID, JM, CoL, DC, JW, CB and JP. Further replies received from BK and ER, plus Phil spoke with CM who might be interested.
  • A possible Newsletter Editor volunteer (JA) had come forward. Still awaiting reply if wishes to proceed – may need change of Committee meeting to Wednesdays.
  • The offer to have the monthly committee meetings at Bournemouth Library before or after their Heritage Talks to encourage new members and potentially work logistically for the new Committee remains agreed in principal.
  • It remains imperative that any new committee members / officers need to attend a number of meetings to familiarise themselves with roles and responsibilities and then be nominated by the existing committee at the AGM rather than join and take on roles without any induction.
  • It remains the case that that without new Committee members the Society might have to close and then its remaining funds transferred to another local charity with similar aims and objectives (all to be in accordance with the Charity Commission).
  • Winding up process as per BCS Constitution requires a special meeting where winding up is given notice on the agenda and where two thirds vote in favour of winding up followed by a second meeting 14 days later where a simple majority vote in favour of winding up.
  • It was agreed that should the Society retrench rather than wind up the core activities were the monthly comments on planning applications, general liaison on planning, heritage, environment and development issues, Newsletter and Website – all though needed officers to lead on these matters


  • Any Other Business.
  • Phil noted he was standing as an Independent candidate in next months elections to BCP Council. He would contact Friends of Churchill Gardens re their enquiry re the pavilion.
  • Elaine asked about the refurbishment works to Bournemouth Pier including the huge new screen – John S would check the planning application.




Next Meeting


Monday 22nd May – 1pm at 18 Sandbourne Road, Westbourne.



                                                                                                                        Ken Mantock              Chairman


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