Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held at 18 Sandbourne Road at 1.00pm on Monday 23rd May 2022

Present: Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice Chairman), Elaine Cooper, Hilda Brownlow, Jean-Daniel Kursner, Sally McGrath (Membership Secretary), Alex McKinstry John Soane (Built Environment Officer.

Apologies: Paul Newsome, Alex McKinstry , Phil Stanley-Watts,

  1. Minutes. The minutes for the meeting held on 25th April 2022 were agreed.

  1. Matters Arising from the Minutes.

  • The meeting of Southbourne Forum planned for April 29th that John would attend on behalf of BCS had been postponed due to Covid.

  1. Built Environment.

  • Cleaner, Greener, Safer Bournemouth. John S has been contacting Cllr Greene and it appears good progress is being made to tackle unsightly graffiti, litter, bins and He would monitor progress and if need be contact Cllr Greene again.

  • Local Plan. No news yet from BCP Council on outcomes on the public consultation

  • Benellen Avenue 20mph. John S to comment on the 20mph proposals

  • Town Centre. The plans for an Ivy Restaurant at The Square were welcomed. No news yet on plans for Westover Road that had been reported in The Echo. H&M was apparently closing soon.

  • Boscombe. The Society was waiting for news on the regeneration proposals

  • Southbourne:

  1. Appeal now in progress for the Bellevue Road flats plan

  2. Appeal awaited for the Southbourne Crossroads flats plan

  3. Bistro on the Beach plans had still not been considered by the Planning Committee but plans for a temporary restaurant facility were being advanced..

  4. JD jad spoken with Bruce and Christine of SHF this morning regarding the Heritage Board idea .

  5. Cllr Eddie Coope has asked us to look at the plans for 103 Wick Lane, in the Conservation Area – John S to check out.

  • City Bid – The city bid for Bournemouth has been rejected.

  • Savoy Hotel – Revised plans have been submitted, The Echo featured ours and the Planners comments on the original plan.

  • Wiggle – There is discussion in The Echo re the licencing of this club and its impact on Horseshoe Common etc.

  • 65/67 Boscombe Overcliff Drive – New plans for the site had been submitted – JD will pass details to John to review.

  1. Heritage and Conservation.

  • Keith Spicer Building, Cleveland Road. No news on the re-location of the tiles. Developer to be chased. John to check out latest plans that have been submitted.

  • Civic Society Archives. Our founding Chairman, Ian Dickens’ has passed to us a 1916 book – “From Harbour to Harbour” by Nancy Bell and illustrated by Arthur Bell. It is a charmingly illustrated book taking a journey from Christchurch, Bournemouth to Poole. We would ask Alwyn to digitise the illustrations

  • Local Listing of Buildings. Alex had worked hard with Pokesdown Community Forum so now retail and residential buildings had been suggested for local listing.

  • St Clement’s Church. Alwyn had offered advice and one of the local councillors provided useful background to current issues.

  • Blue Plaque for BBC’s 100th anniversary. 72 Holdenhurst Road was the BBC’s first studio in Bournemouth. We have been asked to help sponsor a blue plaque at £640 plus vat.

  • Cooper Thomson Rescue Aviary. The new aviary was opened last week. Rod and Elaine were major sponsors. BCS donation in memory of Keith Barnes is on a plaque there and our contribution was noted in the opening speech.

  • Russell Cotes Museum – Recently awarded £1m for restoration of conservatory and other essential works

  1. Planning. See John Soane’s written reports for April 2022

34 West Overcliff Drive, West Cliff Ref. No. 7-2022- 5666-l – This is a proposal to extend and remodel a large family residence and its existing additions, that was constructed in the Arts and Crafts style at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, in order to create 14 apartments and two duplexes it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement.

34 Haverstock Road Ref. No 7-2022-10716-C

This is a proposal to construct a small bungalow in the triangular far corner of an already existing developed plot which contains a substantial, two story block of flats built in traditional style it should be refused.

7 Carysfort Road, near Churchill Square, Boscombe Ref. No. 7-2022-24380-A

This is an application to build a three storey block of eight flats on the site of a demolished detached, late nineteenth century house and a smaller, two storey block of two flats at the rear end of the site- it should be refused.

1A Warren Edge Road, Southbourne Ref. No. 7-2022-8851-D

This is an application to build two semi-detached, three storey houses and one detached, three storey house on a triangular site in place of a demolished building of no architectural value it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement .

25 Norwich Road Ref. No. 702022-26280-C This application is to make alterations and make additions to an existing two storey building in order to create a three storey block of nine flats which is situated partly in a two storey interior court in a very densely built up piece of late nineteenth century townscape off Norwich Road – it should be refused.

Hightrees Avenue, Strouden Park Ref. No. 7-2022-21210-A- This is an application to construct three separate dwellings on a triangular site between Hightrees Avenue and Midwood Avenue – it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement.

21 Redhill Crescent Ref. No. 7-2022-18968-D This is an application to extend the facilities of a small detached, early twentieth century, two storey house – it should be allowed.

65/67 Boscombe Overcliff Drive Ref. No. 7-2022-3914-B This is an application to demolish the three storey block of flats, Purbeck Court built in modern/traditional style in the 1970’s and to erect a new, five storey, modernist block of 13 flats (one, two and three bedroom) – it should be refused.

27-31 Southcote Road Ref. No. 7-2022-5626-L –

This is an application to demolish the existing structure on the site and to construct a ¾ storey block of 9 flats – probably aimed at student accommodation – it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement.

Portelet Manor Care Home, 23/25 Florence Road, Boscombe Ref. No. 7-2022-7707-0 This is an application to consolidate, enlarge and enhance the piecemeal additions that have been made over the years to two substantial, late nineteenth century dwelling houses in order to create an integrated care facility over two sites – it should be deferred for further discussion and improvement.

Planning finalisations of the combined multipurpose community/cultural centre and 15 storey block of flats at 41/43 Oxford Road and 6/7 St. Paul’s Road, Lansdowne. A detailed examination of this proposal has already been included in a previous planning critique. The Society believes that with its streamlined shape and pronounced integration of balconies and fenestration, the building bears a certain resemblance to 1930’s International Moderne. Thus we feel the structure could easily harmonize with the very modernist townscape in the vicinity of Holdenhurst Road and St Paul’s Lane. The two storey ground floor foyer above which all the upper floors are supported on concrete supports, could become a popular and relaxed meeting place for coach and train travellers and university students.

  1. Planning Committee .

  • May 19thOnly one Bournemouth application on the agenda

  • May 24th – Only one Bournemouth application on the agenda

  • June 16th

  • July 21st

  1. Communications Timetable. The newsletter is still with the printers being typeset and printed. Sally would collect and post out to members including recent lapsed members with a letter asking them to re-join as its our 50th Anniversary year.

  1. Civic Voice. Subs had been renewed and weekly news bulletins received.

  1. Membership Officer’s Report. JD passed Sally some new members’ forms . JD was liaising with SOSBA (Heather Drayton) and Pokesdown Community Forum together with local councillors to raise awareness of the BCS and seek new members. A poster would be created. Meetings were being held with residents who had commented on plans that BCS had also commented on and Southbourne members would have the newsletter after next (this current one already having had stamped envelopes ready) delivered by JD.

  1. Webmaster’s Report.

  • All good and up to date. All enquiries being followed up.


11. Treasurer’s Report:

  • Current Account. £42333.68

  • Trustee Indemnity Insurance. Now in place through Edwards Insurance Brokers at a cost of £460.81.

  1. Caroline Peach Meeting. Jean would approach Caroline again as no reply had been received yet for the date for the next Meeting which would probably be mid/late Summer.

  1. Any Other Business.

  • Society 50th Anniversary in 2022. Arrangements progress:

  1. AGM and Afternoon Tea at the Miramar Hotel on Sunday 24th July – the booking had been confirmed and Hilda would receive bookings and issue tickets..

  2. An updated version of the 40th Anniversary Booklet. Alex had updated the 40th Anniversary booklet with news on the last 10 years activities.

  3. Key Rings for all members would be issued at the AGM and those not attending could collect them from Hilda, JD and Jean.

  • Co-option of Committee Member – Having been proposed by Hilda and seconded by Jean it was unanimously agreed to co-opt Jean-Daniel to the committee.

  • Talk on Shell House, Southbourne – Jean reported that she and David, along with a full house at Bournemouth Library had enjoyed a recent talk given by Alex McKinstry. She said it was really good and she would thoroughly recommend it.

Next Meetings

Mondays 27th June and 25th July at 1pm at 18 Sandbourne Road

Ken Mantock

27th June 2022 Chairman