Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held at 18 Sandbourne Road, Westbourne 1.00pm on Monday 24th July 2023 from 1300 to 1400hrs
Present: Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice Chairman), John Soane (Built Environment Officer), Elaine Cooper, Sally McGrath (Membership Secretary) Jean-Daniel Kursner, Hilda Brownlow, Elaine Cooper and Phil Stanley-Watts.
- The minutes of the meeting held on 26th June 2023 were agreed.
- Matters Arising from the Minutes. East Cliff & Springbourne Residents Association – Phil attended recent meeting. They would like help with the forthcoming neighbourhood plan. Suggest they contact Pokesdown & Boscombe Community Forum (Pam and Ola) who have been through this journey.
- Built Environment.
- Southbourne Crossroads Car Park – Meeting with local residents and Tobias Ellwood MP for Bournemouth East believed to have been attended by Alex by no report yet on outcome from him.
- Bournemouth Town Centre – Connor Burns MP for Bournemouth West has his Build Back Better Campaign running and is seeking comments plus the BCP Council now have their own Bournemouth Town Centre residents survey in progress.
- Bournemouth Air Festival – The new Council administration are reviewing the annual air festival. Decision The Echo reports decision not due to much later in the year – October/November but it may be raised at Cabinet meeting later this week die to urgency of hoteliers and businesses needing to advise this year’s summer guests if there will be a festival next year so they can repeat book now.
- Don’t Knock Bournemouth – A couple of letters have been printed in The Echo, one from Cllr Anne Filer Mayor of Bournemouth, encouraging for a better appreciation of the good things about Bournemouth and an appeal for less focus on bad news and crime.
- Heritage and Conservation.
- Bournemouth Arcade – Chas Fox and adjacent shop are up for auction
- Lloyds Bank building, 45/47 Christchurch Road – Plans submitted for flats in upper floors.
- Inferno, Holdenhurst Rd – Plans submitted to convert former fire station now nightclub to flats.
- See John Soane’s written report for June plans.
48 Harland Road, Southbourne Ref. No. 7-2023- 12351-D
This is an application to construct a two storey rear and side extension to an existing mid twentieth century house and to create new loft accommodation. Consider it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement.
53 Stokewood Road Ref. No. 7-2023-17292-C
This is an application to create a rear extension to an existing inter- war detached house. Consider it should be deferred for further consideration and improvement.
173 Corhampton Road, Iford Ref. No. 7-2023-28903_A
This is an application to extend the rear section of an existing, mid twentieth century bungalow and to create a new upper floor, in order to increase living/dining and sleeping facilities and to provide better utilities. Consider it should be allowed.
50 Belle Vue Road, Southbourne Ref. No. 7-2023-20897-E
This is an application to build a major two storey extension to the side and alterations and a one storey extension to the rear of a substantial detached property. Consider it be differed for further discussion and improvement.
44 Redhill Avenue, Ref. No. 7-2023-28620-C
This is an application to build a pair of semi-detached, studio style residences on a severed site to the rear of an existing developed location. Consider it should be refused.
45 Markham Avenue Ref. No. 7-2023-10776-B
This is an application to create a new chalet bungalow with a new upper floor out of an existing mid twentieth century existing bungalow. Considerit be deferred for further discussion and improvement.
Workshop to the rear of 8/9 Deans Road, Pokesdown Ref. No. 7-2023-28657-A
This is an application to convert an existing two storey structure, at present used for industrial purposes into a one bedroom dwelling. Consider it be refused.
61 Howeth Road Ensbury Park Ref. No. 7-2023-5135-F
This is an application to construct two detached, three bedroom houses parallel to each other on separate plots created from a single plot where the existing detached house would be demolished. Consider it should be refused .
1-2 Lansdown Crescent Ref. No. 7-2023-3111-AA
This is an application to rationalise existing retail facades on the ground floor of a long classical style terrace stretching from Lansdown Crescent to Lansdown Road and built during the later Nineteenth Century. Consider it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement.
298, 298a, 304 Charminster Road Ref. No. 10269-X
This is an application to construct two further storeys on an existing late nineteenth century office building and to add a new four storey extension to the rear. Consider it should be allowed.
7 Old Christchurch Road, The Square Ref. No. 7-2023-330-CC
This is an application to create a new storey containing a flat on top of a small office block which was built in place of a renaissance style Victorian structure during the 1970’s. Consider it should be allowed.
335-337 Wimborne Road, near Waitrose, Winton Ref. No. 7-2023-5132-Q
This is an application to erect a small one/two storey block of three studio flats on a very enclosed commercial location between the rear of retail premises facing on to Wimborne Road and the Waitrose Car Park. Consider it should be refused.
16 Manor Road, East Cliff Ref. No. 7-2023-374-U
This is an application to construct three semi-detached dwellings on the site of a substantial but much altered, late Victorian era detached property. Consider it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement.
Former Bright’s Department Store, 14-24 Old Christchurch Road Ref. No. 7-2023-4198-T
This is an application to convert the former House of Frazer store ( Brights ) on the corner of the Gervis Arcade and Old Christchurch Road into 9 commercial units, a night club and 149 residential units. A sun terrace would be opened on the roof. Consider it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement.
- Planning Committee .
- July – 20th July at 10am – Phil S-W attended and Bournemouth plans on the agenda were 257/259 Belle Vue Road , 16 West Cliff Road and 103 Wick Lane.
- Future Planning Committee dates are 17th August and 21st
- Communications Timetable. Letter and AGM calling notice plus Treasurer’s 2022 accounts and Report have been sent to all members by post. See item 10 below.
- Membership Officer’s Report.
- Sally – No new members – including those who had previously expressed interest in joining the Committee and a potential committee member Phil met at the EC and S Residents Association meeting.
- JD – Still keeping in touch with the Southbourne members.
- Webmaster’s Report. All up to date and all enquiries being followed up.
- Treasurer’s Report:
- Current Account £39800.18
- Charity Commission – Move to on line accounts for all Trustees – BCS main contact has been changed to Chairman as Treasurer does not wish to take on this role. Ken will post up there the 2022 Report and Accounts plus AGM Notice etc.
- Prospects for the future of Bournemouth Civic Society.
Summary actions since last meeting:
- Communication sent to all members along with the AGM Calling Notice and the Treasurer’s Report.
- AGM set for Friday 1st Sept at 7pm and Follow on Meeting Friday 22nd September at 7pm. Both meetings at St Ambrose Church Hall, West Cliff.
- AGM calling notice features the winding up recommendation agreed by the Committee at the June meeting and the communication sets out the background to the recommendation.
- To date replies received from nine members with apologies for absence together with thanks for committee for all they have done but accepting the recommendation since BCS, like so many other voluntary groups, cannot find committee members. One offer of help received.
Summary actions at the last meeting:
- It was noted at the June meeting that as insufficient offers of help/new committee members had been received it will not be possible to fill the soon to be vacant committee member and officer roles with a quorate committee of 6 members including two officers.
- There was a possibility that two current officer roles (Membership Secretary and Built Environment Officer) together with two or three of the current without portfolio committee members may retain in position, but this is insufficient for the quorum. There might be a new Newsletter Editor coming forward.
- As an organisation and a registered charity, the BCS must have a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Web Master, along with the other three officer roles noted above but there have been no volunteers to take these roles on.
- It was therefore with great regret agreed to recommend to the members that the Bournemouth Civic Society begin the winding up process and make arrangements for same via the AGM and the follow on meeting, both to be arranged for in September.
- The current committee also agreed to recommend to the members at the AGM that the Society’s funds, once all dues are settled, be transferred as a donation to the Russell Cotes Museum. Conversations would take place with the museum to see if they could create a local history room.
- Consequent on the AGM agreeing the recommendation the Charity Commission be advised that the BCS is winding down.
- And the Society’s historic records be passed to Bournemouth Libraries Heritage Section.
Summary of actions leading up to the June meeting:
- A further and final email was sent on 6th June to all members and also to those who had responded to our feature in The Echo of 25th
- Six responses were received to that communication with three members wishing us well, but not in a position to join committee, one member might be interested in the Newsletter Editor role and no further response to the replies the Chairman sent to the other two non members who might be interested in joining.
- The Echo feature of 25th April was emailed to all members on 11th May and three members, who had already replied to our original call to arms, offered best wishes.
- Our 18th March call to arms was shared with The Echo and a feature appeared on 25th This generated five responses all of which have been replied to by Chairman.
- On 18th March we sent a direct call to arms to members and 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 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.
- Spring 2023 Newsletter issued in January advised members that BCS was in peril due to lack of Committee members and asked for help.
- Any Other Business.
- Phil noted that BCP Planning Service issues were featured in a recent edition of Private Eye magazine.
- Hilda proposed a vote of thanks to Jean and David Bird for the contribution they made to the Society as members and for hosting the committee meetings for many years at their home. She also thanks all the committee members for their work. Ken thanked Hilda for her contribution to the committees work and the vote was agreed unanimously.
- Next Meeting
No meeting in August but may need a short meeting before the AGM and follow on meeting in September – will confirm nearer the time.
Ken Mantock Chairman