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

at 2.15pm on Monday 26th March 2018


  1. Present: Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice Chairman), Hilda Brownlow,

   Peter Lucas, Sally McGrath (Membership Secretary), Beryl Parker (Social Secretary),

 John Soane (Built Environment Officer, and Paul Newsome (Minutes Secretary)


      Apologies:   John Barker (President), Elaine Cooper and James Weir (Heritage and

           Conservation Officer)


Sir Hubert Parry.  Before the meeting Paul Kelly addressed the committee to

     seek support for his proposal that Bournemouth should find an appropriate way to

honour the memory of Sir Hubert Parry, the composer of ‘Jerusalem’ who was born in

Bournemouth and later returned to support and conduct the Municipal Orchestra.

In conjunction with St Peter’s Church five concerts had been arranged between 29th

September and 7th  October, the centenary of his death.  Currently his association with

the Town was marked by a blue plaque above the entrance to Richmond Chambers

which stand on  the site of the house where he was born, but this is missed by most

passers-by. The Committee expressed their support in principle for ideas including a

bust, naming a road (perhaps within the new Winter Gardens) plus Rod and Elaine

Cooper’s plans for Parry to be incorporated in the next batch of commemorative

plaques with a possible site identified in Westover Road. Paul promised to keep the

Committee informed of plans.


  1.       The minutes for the meeting held on 26th February were agreed.


  1.     Matters Arising from the Minutes.  There were no matters arising
  2.     The Planning Policy Steering Group.  The Group next meets on 18th May

4..1     Oil Drilling.  The Council had submitted its’ objections to planned oil drilling in the

         area by ‘Corallian’.


  1. Built Environment. 
    • A338/Bournemouth Hospital. Waiting!  Lots of coverage in the Echo, it was

understood that a request for ‘call-in’ had been submitted by the local campaigners and this had the support of the Bournemouth East MP.

  • Cliff House Hotel. Plans to convert the Southbourne hotel into flats had been rejected.
  • Lucerne Arch. The Society’s views on Cllr Hedges’ suggestion that the Lucerne

Arch should be re-sited had been sent and a reply received from him. Watch this space!


  • Car Parks. Although redevelopment schemes included replacement and additional car parking spaces the Committee expressed their concern that the overall provision of car parking in Central Bournemouth was inadequate and getting worse.


  1.   Heritage and Conservation.
    • Westover Road Cinemas. No significant change and news still awaited regarding appeals dates and what type of inquiries would be held.
    • Grand Cinema (Bingo Hall) Westbourne. Wetherspoons had expressed an interest but as the building was listed it was well protected and the suggestion of having it listed as an asset of community value likely not necessary or would prove unsuccessful based on similar attempts to have ACV status for the Westover Rd cinemas last year.
    • Cliff End Hotel. Plans awaiting consideration by the Planning Board.
    • Boscombe and Pokesdown. The neighbourhood plan is moving forward.
    • Conservation Areas. Meetings re the review of existing conservation areas were planned for:
  • Old Christchurch Road – 10th April 10.00 to 12.00 (James and John)
  • East Cliff – 10th April 2pm to 4pm (James and John)
  • West Cliff and Poole Hill – 11th April (Elaine and John)


  1.        See John Soane’s report:
    • 7 East Overcliff Drive (adjacent to Miramar Hotel). Plans for 7 flats were


  • 17 West Cliff Road. Good planning for 20 flats on site of demolished hotel
  • Wootton House. Plans for flats on the site of a villa were OK (not visible from

adjoining roads).

  • 250-252 Charminster Road. Plans to squeeze in miniscule ‘student flats’ should be


  • 6 Nelson Road. Plans for 4 houses on a ‘back land’ site needs reconsidering


  1. Planning Sub-Committee.  No meeting necessary


  1. Planning Board Observations.  Jean attended the February meeting
    • Tree Preservation Orders. Orders were confirmed for 3 Cawdor Road and Viscount


  • Land to Rear of 72-100 Moorside Grove. There were multiple objections to the plans to build 14 four bedroom affordable houses on the site (contravention of ‘Open Spaces’ Act, concerns over ‘rights of way and flooding).  The Board unanimously approved


  1. Communications Timetable.  Items for next newsletter to be submitted by

         31st July



  1.  Civic Voice.  It had been agreed that membership should be renewed. APPG and Civic Voice were campaigning on the negative effects of the latest deregulation proposed by the Government in the National Planning Policy Framework. We support their concern .


  1. Bournemouth 2026   Agreed that membership should be renewed (free!)


  • Bournemouth-in-Bloom.  Beryl updated on award and events as follows:
    • Publicity Material. Publicity material had been up-dated.
    • 2018 Competitions. Application forms for 2018 competitions were available
    • Westbourne in Bloom was celebrating its’ silver anniversary very



  1. Activities Officer
    • Soup and Sandwich Talk.  28 attended the March event – £100 profit


  • Membership Officer’s Report. Eight new members.
  1. Webmaster’s Report. The website was still proving busy with further enquiries

and communications being received. Noted that we need to turn people making  enquiries and receiving advice from us into members.


  1. Treasurer’s Report:

16.1    Current account – £13,663.90

  • A donation of £25 had been received from Arthur Sweet, Ken would



  1. Meeting with Andrew England on 16th The following items were


  • Trees on West Cliff Green
  • Bellevue Road Bungalows and Southbourne Heritage Forum
  • Bournemouth Pier Landing Stage – referred to Tourism Department
  • Cottonwood Hotel etc – held up by issues raised by the Meyrick Estate
  • Coach House, West Hill Road – work was in progress
  • Parking – throughout Borough
  • 140 Alumhurst Road – with Inspector
  • St George’s Hotel
  • A338 – Council aware of the Barn, but it has lost its’ listing due to roof fire?
  • Cliff End Hotel– slow progress
  • Characterisation Policy
  • Development in Historic Areas






  1. Annual General Meeting. Arrangements for the Annual General Meeting on 9th

    April were complete.  The Speaker would be Caroline Peach


  1. Any Other Business.

 19.1   Change of Venue for April 23rd Meeting.  The April meeting would be at St Peter’s Church


  The meeting closed at 15.15                      



Ken Mantock

23rd April 2018                                                                                           Chairman