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July 22, 2021

News:

On July 9, there was a link to a planning application for a swimming pool in Wharncliffe Road.
It seems that some of the comments on the application have not been added to the BCP planning website for some reason.
If you have made comment, you need to check that it has been accepted.
Here is the advice from one of the people affected.
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Given that the BCP website is unreliable, I would check (next working day) that:

Your name appears in the Consultees page (Neighbour List)
Your comments are added to the View Documents page. There should be two such additions:
An extract from your Comment form
Your (each) Attached document.

If your comment doesn’t appear within 24 hours, I recommend sending your comments as an email to:

planning.christchurch@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

I suggest the title of the email should be:

Comments on Planning Application: 8/21/0591/HOU.
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The link to the application is
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=116539


A whole raft of articles today, from cracking down on drink driving, to dealing with anto social behaviour.
(The file has been edited to make it much smaller. If anyone wants olderr Alerts, just email me.)
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The Met Office is warning of severe weather over the weekend. Torrential rain, thunder, lightning, and hail is forcast for the whole county. You might need to re-think the BBQ plans.

Changes:

July 21, 2021

News:

31 schools across the BCP Council area have recorded Covid cases in the past week, with many pupils and staff in self-isolation. The list includes Highcliffe St Mark Primary School, and a couple in Christchurch.


A "Campaign To Raise Awareness of Personal Responsibility To Prevent Violent Crime*
Also a survey seeking views on crime and policing.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

July 17, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures - again not pretty reading. Also news about the changes taking place from Monday.
BCP - Latest news and updates

(I would love to hear a sensible explanation why most restrictions are being removed when COVID cases are rocketing, even in country areas in Dorset. Why not wait a little longer until almost everyone has been vaccinated, and the situation is under some kind of control?)

Changes:

July 16, 2021

News:

New legislation bans the possession of dangerous items - even in private.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Transforming travel news. Includes a chance to win one of 40 kids scooters for 4 - 11 year olds).
BCP - Latest news and updates

Changes:

July 14, 2021

News:

A report of youths playing on the railway line.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


In a survey of Dorset medical practices, Highcliffe didn't do too bad - 90% overall satisfaction.
The result could have been better, but figures for seeing a preferred GP (44%) preferred appoinment times (38%) and ease of webste use (38%) brought the overall figure down.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19437928.dorset-gp-surgery-rankings-across-key-patient-survey-areas/


TODAY at 1:00pm - live broadcast, plus a kid's competition, a survey, and other items.
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Parks and Open Spaces news.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Changes:

July 13, 2021

News:

A little good news story from the Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Also a campaing to counter online scams.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes: Hairdressers page now has NUR's Turkish Barber added (263 Lymington Road). No website or Facebook page that I could find, apart from one in Turkish.

July 10, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures - not pretty reading. Also news about more walk-in vaccination clinics.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Dealing with illegal and anti social e-scooter use.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


There's a couple of interesting articles in the ECHO relating to planning and building in our area.
The first is about the almost complete apartments in Lymington Road (near the Castle entrance),
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19427242.blocks-17-apartments-lymington-road-nears-completion/

The second is about the huge plans for housing at Roeshot Hill, an issue tha seems to have been goung on for ever.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19430457.875-home-plan-christchurch-looking-take-step-forward/?ref=ebmpn


Changes:

July 9, 2021

News:
Here's an interesting planning application, which I'm sure will generate comment.
It is proposed to build a swimming pool behind a property in Wharncliffe Road, which will be built into and over the cliff, and will be clearly visible from the paths and beach below.

The cliff are part of the SSSI (site of special scientific interest), an area you will remember caused so much protest when an attempt was made to build huge beach huts in the area.
I'm sure Natural England will have something to say about it. Also, it is well known that these cliffs are unstable, and have seen many land slips over many years.

The plan is to support the pool with deep piles, but even if that worked, the pool will take out the clifftop path to where the Culmore Steps used to be (removed because the area is unstable).

Such a plan, if successful, would also set a precedent, and I hear there may be another application already being considered near the Zig Zag path. Take a look and make your own minds up. You have until July 27 to make comments.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=116539


Changes:

July 7, 2021

News:
Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Lengthy article about dealing with anti social behaviour on the water.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The July edition of Our Watch - the Neighbourhood Watch news;etter.
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2021-07/July%202021%20OUR%20NEWS.pdf


Changes:

July 3, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures. Still rising I'm afraid. Also info about support for anyone self isolating.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes: Hairdressers page now has link to Serenity (281 Lymington Road) new Facebook page.

July 2, 2021

News:
Waste and recycling news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Survey - Your Voice Matters (includes an interactive map of neighbourhood policing areas in Dorset).
Also, do you know what a Ghost Broker is?
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

July 1, 2021

News:
Library news and events.
Also, BCP Council Customer Services will be available at Christchurch Library from Autumn.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

June 29, 2021

News:
Links to a live Q&A with Council Leader Drew Mellor. (and others). It's tomorrow at 1:00pm.
This update includes a range of other subjects as well.
BCP - Latest news and updates


A plea for everyone to stick to the rules to help control the rising COVID numbers. Also an invitation to webinars about scams to be help in July.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Talking of scams - again.
An old one has reappeared. I'll share with you information that has been sent to Rothesay Drive Residents Association, and I suggest taking note. (This scam has been very successful in the past, so be aware.)

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Earlier today a resident in Rothesay Drive received a telephone call purporting to be from the police. You need to be aware and to resist any thought of co-operating with such SCAM callers.

This caller, a man, claimed he was a Detective Chiel Inspector - he gave his name as PHILIP BURNER, Badge number CK163 - all sounding good?

He claimed that the police had apprehended the resident's grandson in possession of a number of credit cards. He went on to ask for the resident's cooperation and continued by requesting their mobile number.

The caller was suspicious and declined to give any information. With this, the caller became somewhat annoyed claiming the resident should help the police in this matter.

The resident again did a sensible thing and asked for the tel. no. of the police station. The caller said to phone 111 - What on earth the NHS could do I don't know!!

The call then ended.

Please be alert.
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Changes: Two Bees - By The Sea Cafe now has a link to their website on the Places To Eat page

June 27, 2021

News:
Reference the Charity Players July production of Treasure Island (mentioned yesterday).
The details are now on their website.
http://www.highcliffecharityplayers.com/current.php

Or you can go direct to the Regent Centre to see when the performances are, and to book tickets.
https://regent.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=54427


We've now got a yellow weather warning for thunder storms, to add to the one for very heavy rain.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19402431.met-office-issues-warning-thunderstorms-dorset/?ref=ebmpn


Reference the old G&T premises (mentioned yesterday). I've been informed that the Parish Council is on the case.

Changes:

June 27, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures (double last week's numbers). Walk in vaccination clinics in Bournemouth. Free tests delivered to your door. Volunteers needed.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Dorset Police improve domestic abuse support.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


More scam information. The first is a Royal mail scam involving text messages urging people to reschedule parcel deliveries which have failed. (I've had these texts several times.)
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19400066.warning-issued-insidious-post-office-scam-cost-one-victim-80-000/
?ref=ebmpn


The second involves people knocking on the door saying they are from a company based in Bournemouth (named U4L) saying that they could save money on utility bills. They ask for bank details, which should tell you all you need to know.


It seems that the old G&T shop is being used to store bird food or something, and passers-by say that mice are having a field day, running about all over the place.


I was going to point you to the Charity Players website to find the details about their golden anniversary show in July, but there's no mention of it. I'm waiting for an answer from them.
Treasure Island will be the first post lockdown show at the Regent Centre, running from July 29 to July 31, and will be great fun (as their shows always are).

Changes:

June 25, 2021

News:
Transforming travel news. Includes news of the e-scooter scheme in Bournemouth, and about a Cycle, Skating and Scooter Awareness Day (tomorrow).
BCP - Latest news and updates


This is about a Covid Vaccine Passport Scam.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Talking of scams, there's another that's been reported. This one is very official looking and is related to car tax.
People are receiving the following:
Car Tax Scam


Fancy a beach hut? There's one going on the Mudeford Sandbank. It's a mere £325,000.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19115234.beach-hut-sale-325-000-mudeford-sandbank/


Changes:


June 19, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures for BCP area. Also a couple of other related items.
BCP - Latest news and updates


As most locals know, the Community Association has a very wide range of activities available - something for just about everyone I would think.
Starting on Monday (june 21) they have a series of Open Afternoons, so why notpop in for a coffee, look around and see what's available.
During lockdown there has been a complete refurbishment, and Greystones will be fully open from July if the guidelines permit.
Open afternoons:
Monday June 21 - Friday June 25 from 2 - 4pm
Monday June 28 - Friday July 2 from 2 - 4pm

https://www.highcliffecommunityassociation.co.uk/


Following qualifying competitions last year, two golfers (Club Captain John Bentey and Club Pro Kevin Saunders) from little old Highcliffe Castle Golf Club are to represent the South West of England at the famous Belfry in the final of the National PGA SkyCaddie Challenge, taking on representatives from all over the UK, including Ireland.
I don't know when the final will be held. It was supposed to be last October, but was postponed.

Changes:

June 18, 2021

News:
A link to Wednesday's Q&A with Council Leader Drew Mellor. (Future sessions will also be live on YouTube, for those without Facebook. You will be able to ask questions live.)
There's also other items, including a survey.
BCP - Latest news and updates


A very nasty incident took place on the Steamer Point beach on Saturday June 5. (I have no idea why it's taken so long to come to light.)
A lady was bitten by a large dog which was attacking her own animal. It's reported by the following ECHO article, and also in the Neighbourhood Alert report (below). The images of the couple (who walked away) Police want to speak to are extremely clear, so hopefully someone will recognise them.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19379661.image-appeal-following-dog-bite-incident-christchurch/?ref=ebmpn

See above. There's also news of a seat belt safety campaign, and information about catalytic converter thefts, which are increasing in the area.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Changes:

June 16, 2021

News:
Following the latest news, this is about what restrictions remain in place, and what is changing.
BCP - Latest news and updates


A resident has pointed out that there is a permanent wet patch on the A337 where it crosses the Walkford Brook (near the Hoburne Naish entrance).
Apparently it has been visible on Google Maps for years, and is not weather or run-off related.
The suspicion is that the source is underground and may cause collapse at some stage. I guess the DCC roads people should investigate.


Changes:

June 15, 2021

News:
Asking if the pandemic has made us more or less aware of online threats. Includes a survey.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes: Neighbours page updated - This Is Christchurch website added.

June 12, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures for BCP area. Not great news I'm afraid.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Just before the pandemic caused such chaos, it was announced that a Highcliffe/Walkford Speed Watch group had been set up to try to help deal with the large number of speeding motorists in the area.
That initiative had to be put on hold, but I'm pleased to report that the team have now completed training with Dorset Police. In the coming weeks and months the team will be periodically visiting a number of roads in the area at different times, and will be recording excessive speeding vehicles, which are then reported to Dorset Police.


The new Police and Crime Commissioner's first month in office, and his plans for the future.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Recently, we have reported several times on anti social driving, especially in the Crows Nest car park.
I'm pleased to report that due to the persistence of the Highcliffe Resident Association (in particular Mary Reader) BCP have said the CCTV camera in the car park will be replaced (at last). They haven't said when though.
Also, the central barriers are now locked at 10:00pm. (Most nights anyway.)

This Echo report also appeared, so it is a well known problem.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19362328.anti-social-driving-cliffhanger-car-park-christchurch/


Changes:


June 7, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures for BCP area. Plus various related info.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Wide range of articles. Burglary in Smugglers Lane, phishing advice, road safety, unlawful encampments, and more on dog safety.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated
(This file has been made a lot smaller. If anyone needs items from previous versions, just email me.)


Highcliffe is about to get a Turkish barber. Nur's Barber is moving in next to Flowers By Design in Lymington Road.

Changes:


June 4, 2021

News:
Last week saw the return of the Summer bus service - Buster Forest Explorer, running until September 5.
It starts in Christchurch, before stopping at Saisburys, Lymington Road (Sea Corner), Walkford, Bransgore, Burley, and ending in Ringwood.
It then returns via the reverse route. A really nice trip across the Forest, and bus passes apply.
The time table can be found here
https://images.yellowbuses.co.uk/2021-05/BFE_Summer_Online_Timetable_May21_03.pdf


Waste and Recycling news. Includingnews of recycling centres getting back to more normal operations.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Crime prevention advice for dog owners.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

June 1, 2021

News:
The new/old village clock is now showing the correct time.

The 'Gifted' Garden Centre' on the corner of Buce Hayes Close re-opened yesterday.
You may remember that it is part of the Stable Family Home Trust, a registered charity, which supports people with learning disabilities.
It sells house plants, compost (in small quantities if required), gifts, garden ornaments, plants, shrubs, artisan pottery/crafts, seeds, garden sundries, hanging baskets and caddy bags.

Andrea in 'Two Bees by The Sea' has had a soft New Forest ice cream machine delivered, A welcome Summer addition to her wide range of tasty goodies.


The Homewatch June Newsletter is now available.
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2021-05/June%202021%20OUR%20NEWS.pdf

While on the subject of Homewatch, the organisation would like to get the opinions - even from those who are not Neighbourhood Watch members - so they can obtain as broad a range of views from as diverse a range of people as possible.
The survey is here:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FPPJ22X


Changes:

May 31, 2021

News:
Link to BCP Council Leader Drew Mellor's live Q&A on Wednesday at 1:00pm. (These are held every two weeks on the same day and time.) You can always view the session later if you don't have questions for him.
Also news of business grants, homeless support, visitors, and a chance to have your say on cycling and walking improvements.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

May 29, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures, and related information.
BCP - Latest news and updates


LOTS of items in this one.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Changes:

May 28, 2021

News:
Trying to find out why the new clock is not showing Summer time, and is so an hour out.
If anyone knows who to ask, let me know.

A local lady has accumulated a substantial amout of copper coin, and would like to donate it to charity.
Google is not forthcoming on "Pile of Pennies" charity donations. Anyone got any leads?

Transforming travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

May 27, 2021

News:
I'd like to share an email from a gentleman currently living in Germany, who is trying to locate an old friend from Highcliffe.
There's quite a lot of detail, so if anyone can help please let me know, and I'll put you in touch with Martin.
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I would like to contact an old friend and former work colleague, Anthony Roy Finch of Castlemead, 23 Nea Road, Highcliffe, and wonder if Tony is known to you or any of your readers?
Tony and I lost contact at the beginning of the Chump presidency (US), due to email provider problems at my end in Germany.

Normally I could drop a line to Tony's last known address but that would require a postage stamp and I avoid the post office whilst Covid-19 is around.

If you could help restore communications you might pass on this email address to Tony,

1984 - 1989 I used to cycle through Highcliffe from Somerford Christchurch on my way to Derek Sales's former Renault franchise in New Milton and remember the gales of 1987. Tony would often join me on the final leg from Highcliffe to New Milton, where we worked together, he riding my mother in laws old bike which I gave to him.

Thanks and All the best Martin Joseph Wain
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What's on. Not much local info, but news about the Air Show, plus National Children's Gardening Week (next week).
BCP - Latest news and updates


How to avoid online holiday and travel fraud. Also a lengthy piece on escooters, including info about the Bournemouth trial scheme.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

May 25, 2021

News:
Residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole are invited to take part in a BCP Summer Live event at
7pm on Tuesday 25th May - tonight!

The event will be broadcast LIVE across BCP Police and BCP Council social media channels. You can also watch the LIVE broadcast on YouTube - Click Here

You can submit questions via email: webchat@dorset.pnn.police.uk or tune in live and ask your questions tonight.



Chief Constable goes back to school.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

May 22, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures for BCP area. (No one in hospital, and no deaths during the last 28 days.)
BCP - Latest news and updates


New Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick tells us about his plans.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated



Changes:

May 20, 2021

News:
Various, including a survey about the future of parks and open spaces.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Again various, including item about grants for small voluntary organisations.
BCP - Latest news and updates

A bogus charity scam in Christchurch, and an anti dog theft campaign. Lots of info, posters, links.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


More on the boy racers regularly disrupting life for anyone near a car park used for their exploits, especially the Cliffhanger
one.
Driven to distraction by the late night noise, and the apparent lack of action to deal with the problem, residents contacted the Police, and got plenty of good advice. Below is a very useful summary of what I've been told.
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1. Whilst we all mourn the practical demise of the "beat copper" he/she is not coming back. Police resources are stretched not least because of the multiple calls on their time and of course, budget constraints, so we have to get used to interacting with the police in a different way.

2. The good news is that there are ways of using the new Police Force that can be effective. As an example a Police Officer that was spoken to last week about our problem with "boy racers" in the Cliffhanger Car Park pointed out the provisions of S59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 which - allows the police to give drivers a warning if they are reported to have used their vehicle in a manner which causes "alarm, distress or annoyance". If reported to have done so again within a year the police have the right to confiscate the vehicle.
3. The Officer pointed out that S59 has real teeth, and a warning can be issued on the strength of photographic or video evidence. Any member of the public can submit evidence (anonymously if preferred) to 101@DORSET.PNN.POLICE.UK. I have used this facility and it works.

4. So, a lot of people now have smart phones with camera and video capability; the best advice if we want to reduce ASB issues is to simply use them. We can all be intimidated by these gangs of youths seemingly doing whatever they want in our community and, in large part, they rely on us feeling just that way. But if, as a community, we take joint action then the ASB perpetrators will soon learn not to come to Highcliffe because "you will probably be videoed in action." As with most wrong doers, the very last thing they want is a light shone on their misdeeds and I suspect many of them are aware of the risks they are running with S59 confiscation. We far outnumber the perpetrators and if join together in this initiative, we will win.
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Changes:

May 15, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures for BCP area. Also other lockdown related items.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Highcliffe Castle reopens on Wednesday 19 May.

A few changes to the application for the new shops and houses (mostly already built) for the block between 261-275b Lymington Road have been approved. It includes permission to erect a clock on the frontage.
https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/searchresults.aspx

There is an interesting article in this week's Advertiser, about a craft brewer who has moved from Tuckton to East Close Farm. Drop The Anchor has plans for a big public event on Saturday May 22. There's plenty of parking, and a mini bus service to Hinton Station.
https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/lifestyle/live-music-and-food-at-open-day-of-local-brewery-9199177/

The extra space they now have available also means that they also have a restaurant - Burbs Kitchen.
All the details can be found here:
http://www.droptheanchorbrewery.co.uk/ and https://www.burbskitchen.co.uk/

Changes:

May 14, 2021

News:
Information about the BCP Council AGM, and a wide range of other subjects.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Have your say on the plans for proposed sustainable travel routes - nothing around here though.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Anti social behaviour in Christchurch.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

May 12, 2021

News:
Information about next week's further relaxation of COVID restrictions.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Obviously, from next Monday, many local pubs, cafes, and restaurants will be offering a wider service, with some laying on events to celebrate. For example, The Cliffhanger is having a disco in their covered outdoor area, while also opening up to inside dining. I suspect that if you are thinking of going to your favourite place, then booking would probably be sensible.


A range of items in this one, including good news on the dog theft reported on May 6.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

The May edition of the Home Watch newsletter is now available.
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2021-05/May%202021%20OUR%20NEWS.pdf

Changes:

May 8, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures. Lots more related information.
BCP - Latest news and updates




Changes:

May 6, 2021

News:
Dorset Police are working with other forces to launch a campaign to raise awareness of online child exploitation.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Fancy a mobile home? There's one on Sandhills, and it's a mere 700 grand!
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19280332.pictures-inside-700k-mobile-home-mudeford/

Changes:

May 5, 2021

News:
Recycling, free-cycling, composting, battery collection, etc.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Various elections tomorrow. Locations of polling stations, and what to expect in COVID precautions.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

May 3, 2021

News:

Even more on the Wharncliffe Road car park late night noise problems, and the fact the gates are not closed when they should be.
Over the weekend, the gates were locked after 11:00pm, and opened again at 6:00am - far too late, and far too early.
Still no sign of any Police patrols, despite their assurances.
One resident points out that the advertised closure time is 6:30pm, which is too early anyway, as shops are still trading.
I'll also share with you the thoughts of another resident, which I think shows the level of frustration locals to the car park are having.
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This is a wonderful place to live and it is so disheartening when the actions of a small inconsiderate group cause so much disruption and upset. If the police want to know what we need it is very simple, more police presence via patrols or even better on foot. The reason the anti-social behaviour has escalated to its current level is because those involved know the police won't do anything.

If it this not addressed soon, we will have no alternative but to hire our own security guards. Which when you think about it is a nonsense but it is a lot better than simply suffering in silence. Bottom line the police are simply not doing their job.
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I'm told that BCP are going to be contacted - again - tomorrow.


Batten down the hatches! Winds of up to 65mph from Midday-ish today until tomorrow morning, accompanied by very heavy rain.


Changes:

May 1, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures for BCP area, plus a couple of other items.
BCP - Latest news and updates


More on the Wharncliffe Road car park late night noise problems.
A nearby resident points out that the Police have said they want to work with the local community in addressing key issues, and identified the Wharncliffe Road car park as a “hot spot”, and undertook to make more frequent patrols.
However, locals are disappointed to note that they have only seen one night time patrol, and the problems continue as before.
We can only hope that the BCP Council make good on their pledge to ensure the contractor who has the responsibility to lock the car park gates at night actually does so. Presumably that company is being paid to do the job, so it shouldn't be difficult to make sure it does it properly.


Changes:

April 30, 2021

News:
Various items in this one, including news about beach replenishing and rock groyne repairs at Highcliffe, Steamer Point, and Friars Cliff.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Residents near the Wharncliffe Road car park, who have been plagued by late night noise, will be pleased to hear that after it was pointed out to BCP that the car park gates were not being locked at the time specified, the Council are contacting the contractor who's job it is to do the job to ensure that the problem is remedied.


Two announcements from Rhiannon from For The Love Of Art. (Notice that the classes are suitable for all levels, but that beginners are especially welcome.)
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1. I am running a virtual art colour blending workshop for mindfulness in collaboration with Dorset Mind on Saturday 8h May. I am just 1 of 6 local professionals who will all be giving workshops on the day. For more information or to book, visit this link: https://dorsetmind.uk/product/mym-discover-and-learn/

2. Face-to-face adult art classes are starting on Wednesday 19th May at The Old School in Highcliffe (between the GP surgery and The Globe). I will be teaching Wednesdays 2-3pm, Friday evenings 7-8pm and Saturday mornings from 10-11am. More information is available on my website but classes are also now open for bookings. Classes are suitable for all levels, beginners especially welcome. https://www.fortheloveofartclasses.co.uk/book-online
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Changes:

April 29, 2021

News:
Dorset Police are asking for help with two nasty crimes. One is an assault on a young girl near Mudeford Community Centre, and the other is a dog theft.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

April 28, 2021

News:
Drama in Lymington Road yesterday afternoon at 4:20, when a pickup truck left the road, hit a car and ploughed into the Sue Ryder charity shop, causing extensive damage. The driver then ran off, and as far as I currently know Police are still looking for him. The road was closed for a while, and one person was injured and taken to hospital, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Oddly, the pavement there is one of the widest in the village, so I'm not sure how he managed it.


Parks and open spaces news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

April 24, 2021

News:
Latest COVID figures, test and trace requirements, lots of testing information, including financial help to get you to your vaccinations.
BCP - Latest news and updates


The following is an email received from Amelia Raine, who is team leader of both Highcliffe and Friars Cliff Beach Clean Teams. No need for me to add anything.
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I am running an event on the 8th May as part of the Surfers Against Sewage Million Mile Clean. I'm using it as a way to re-start each of the groups now that restrictions are lifting slowly. It will be a relay, of sorts, with each of the beach clean groups handing over to the next at each location.

At Friars Cliff, we will be taking over from Footprints Only South Coast at the usual meeting place at 11.30am and continuing along until we reach Avon Beach where we will hand over to the next group. We will be doing a brand audit too.

I'm looking for up to 10 volunteers, you will need to book here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/151298083641

For all the details, please have a look at this page:
https://www.seashorty.co.uk/events/millionmile.aspx

You're welcome to join any leg of the event, but it would be great if some Friars Cliff members join the Friars Cliff one.

Come and join the fun!
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April 20, 2021

News:
Dorset Police are hoping that the formation of two Local Police Areas (LPAs) will help improve their service to local communities.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The first "Art On The Quay" painting class takes place today, and Rhiannon is pleased to announce that she is also starting indoor classes (following all government guidance of course) at The Old School, 254 Lymington Road, starting from Wednesday May 19. All the details and booking process cn be found below.
https://www.fortheloveofartclasses.co.uk/


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April 19, 2021

News:
Hopefully everyone has their power back on now after yesterday's "major electrical fault" cut supplies across a huge area from Poole to Highcliffe and Walkford.

Some planning news for those that haven't already heard.
The application to build on the Jesmond Avenue woodland site has been rejected. What next I wonder?

Permission has been granted to demolish all the buildings on the MCA site at Steamer Point. However, no trees are to be damaged or removed.
I guess this is to be expected, as we all know that eventually homes will be built on the site.
Also, there is already an approved application from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 26 homes. It is only Pennyfarthing's attempts to cram as much into the site as possible that have been rejected - so far.


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April 18, 2021

News:
With the easing of lockdown, it seems the idiot morons are coming out to play. I've been hearing bits and pieces about increased vandalism, and it has apparently reached a situation where the Residents Association has involved the Police.
(Not a word on the Neighbourhood Alert page by the way.)

Rather than me just repeating the details, take a look at the Echo report.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19240942.highcliffe-residents-urged-report-crimes-incident-surge/


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April 17, 2021

News:
Step 2 of lockdown easing. Plus the latest figures for the BCP area.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Police say we still need to be vigilant to the possibilities of terrorism. Advice on what to look for, and how to report suspicions.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

April 14, 2021

News:
Roads and Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Have your say on BCP Council’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). Plus other travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


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April 11, 2021

News:
Police are aware of this, but the more people that know, and are keeping their eyes and ears open, the better.
Youths on a moped have broken into garages in both Bermuda Court and Exeter Court in Wharncliffe Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.
They try to gain access by forcing up the bottom of the up and over doors, damaging both the door and the frame in the process.
This is the second time in three weeks this has occurred. On the first occasion a car was stolen which was found wrecked in New Milton.


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April 10, 2021

News:
Lots of useful information in this one. Includes latest COVID figures, and information about free rapid lateral flow testing for all adults. Plenty about the partial lifting of restrictions as well.
BCP - Latest news and updates


It's good to know that many businesses can reopen on Monday, including outdoor hospitality venues (with table service only).
The Amberwood will still be offering their lunch delivery service to the vunerable three days a week, a service which has been very much appreciated during recent months.
Best of all (for me at least, as my hair is the longest it's been since 1965) is the reopening of hairdressers.

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April 9, 2021

News:
Various items in this newsletter, including one about an online Careers and Apprenticeship Show aimed at 15-19 year olds. Also Summer opening times for recycling centres.
BCP - Latest news and updates


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April 8, 2021

News:
An item close to my heart, having battled successive councils for years on the subject. As we all know, rubbish bins along the coastal strip have never been large enough, nor emptied often enough, to cope with the influx of visitors during Spring and Summer, resulting in knee deep rubbish which was even worse after a fine weekend.
Council officials could never understand that what was adequate in Winter doesn't work in a holiday/visitor season.
One I spoke to on the subject did not even know where Highcliffe Castle is, and I had to provide a postcode so he could find it.

So I am really pleased to say that Chairman of Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council, Bob Hutchings, has informed me that they have negotiated an huge improvement with BCP. Details below:

* All litter bins will be emptied twice daily from Easter until the end of School Summer holidays
* The 240lt bins in car parks are to be replaced by 360lt bins
* Additional bins for Highcliffe will be delivered before the Season gets into full swing

Well done (once again) to the Parish Council.


Dorset Police say "thanks" to the Kill The Bill protestors at peaceful demonstrations last weekend
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The latest Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter is available.
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2021-04/Apr%202021%20OUR%20NEWS.pdf


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April 7, 2021

News:
This newsletter contains mostly "What to do" information, from nature reserves, to golf courses, to National Trust.
BCP - Latest news and updates


A warning for all WhatsApp users. There's a nasty, clever scam about. A message arrives seemingly from one of your contacts, If it looks anything like below, it isn't, so don't answer it.
"Hello, sorry I sent you a 6-digit code by SMS by mistake, can you transfer it to me please? It's urgent.”

No doubt Neighbourhood Alert will be issuing a warning in due course, but you can read all about it here.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19211959.get-whatsapp-friends-family-dont-reply---scam/


A little more about the plan to offer display flags to businesses in Lymington Road.
Jane Dean from Love Highcliffe says that although the idea was from them, the funding and support comes from
Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council.


Some of you noticed a typo in the date in the piece about the "Art On The Quay" painting classes. The first is on Tuesday April 20. For all the details see:
https://www.fortheloveofartclasses.co.uk/


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April 5, 2021

News:
It's great to say that today's items are (almost) entirely good news.

Firstly, the Love Highcliffe team is preparing for the end of lockdown, by offering all Lymington Road shopkeepers free flags to bring a "welcome To Highcliffe" message to the street when everything opens on next week.
They also point out that while shutdown has been in place, voluntary groups have been cleaning and painting areas along Lymington Road, and the BCP Council has been addressing the dips, cracks, and potholes in our pavements. Also, several shops have taken the time to revamp their premises.

There's also signs that some of the empty shops are being occupied. In addition to Serenity Hair (mentione a couple of days ago) the old skateboard shop at 401 Lymington Road (next to Top Chef Chinese Takeaway) is being fitted out as a self-defense gym. I quote:
"Krav Maga is a modern close-quarters combat system based on simple and instinctive responses"
Show your interest, or book a trial below.
https://www.kravmagabournemouth.club/


You will remember that a while ago I told you about For The Love Of Art, offering art lessons to all, but particularly aimed at beginners, including adults.
Rhiannon ia also now planning outdoor art classes. "Art On The Quay" starts on Tuesday April 20, with more dates to follow. Visit the website below to find out more and to book.
All materials will be provided, but numbers are limited, and the classes are very suitable for beginners.
https://www.fortheloveofartclasses.co.uk/


Doctor Stephen Collins, who joined Highcliffe Medical Centre in 1991, retired at the end of March. We wish him a happy and full future.
Read what he has to say:
https://www.highcliffemedicalcentre.co.uk/news/dr-stephen-collins-is-retiring


No doubt there will be a BCP newsletter on the subject to come , but I'm pleased to report that Highcliffe Library will reopen for browsing, borrowing, and public bookable computer use from Monday April 19.
The library is open:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9:30am - 12:30pm / 2pm - 5pm
Wednesday: Closed
Saturday: 9:30am - 1pm

The Home Library Service doorstep deliveries and the free online resources - such as eBooks, e-audiobooks, e-newspapers, e-magazines, and Ancestry online - continue.


There's an interesting article on the ECHO website about Dorset's lost and abandoned RAF bases, and the featured one is Christchurch, which is now completely built over of course.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19200793.lost-abandoned-raf-bases-dorset/


The only not such good news today also comes from the online ECHO. It seems thare are many places in the Bournemouth area where it is not safe to walk because of the amount of crime. The WalkSafe app alerts users when they enter 'high crime zones' .
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19203718.app-reveals-dangerous-places-walk-bournemouth/


Changes: ART related page updated.

April 2, 2021

News:
The latest COVID figures. Plus vaccine related information and advice.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Waste and Recycling news. Asking everyone to think twice before using the recycling centres over the bank Holiday.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes: Serenity Hair added to Hairdressers page. (Not got all the details yet, but they are at 281 Lymington Road, at the end of The Precinct.) Also new on that page is a link to Blades smart new(ish) website.

March 31, 2021

News:
A "Protect Your Car" campaign is launched.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


This could well affect some people.
The level crossing at Brockenhurst is to be closed for two complete weekends to allow the replacement of worn out rails.
Even if the road closures don't concern you, just be aware that there are no rail services either. Although replacement bus services will be in place, you'll need to adjust your times if you are planning to travel.
The weekends of April 10/11 and April 25/26 are affected, and the closures are for (more or less) 48 hours each time.


Changes:

March 30, 2021

News:
Have your say on BCP Council’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

BCP - Latest news and updates


A very nasty assault has come to light, it was on a 13 year old girl between Smugglers Lane North to Nea Close. Police are asking for help.
There's also an article on Dorset Police launching the Drive Programme to protect victims and stop serial domestic abuse offending.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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March 29, 2021

News:
In case you missed it.
Despite BCP Planning Officer Kim Bowditch recommending permission be granted for Pennyfarthing's plan to build 28 homes (including a block of flats) on the old MCA site at Steamer Point, the application was refused by the Planning Committee.
As one committee member said, “If it was an application on the West Cliff in Bournemouth I’d be looking at it very differently".
Great work from Councillors Brooks and Dedman who spoke against the plans at the planning meeting.
Read the full story below:
https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/steamer-point-homes-rejected


Changes:

March 27, 2021

News:
COVID regulations change on Monday. Read all about them.
Also, the latest figures, financial help to get you to your vaccination, and a couple of other items.
BCP - Latest news and updates

News about major road works in the Wallisdown and Charminster areas.
BCP - Latest news and updates

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March 26, 2021

News:
Campaign launched to reduce springtime biker fatalities.
Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, looks back on nine years in the job.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.

I have received an email from Gresham College about their free public online lectures (apparently running since 1597) which can be watched both at the scheduled time and afterwards online.
Take a look at the upcoming lectures - they are more or less every day it seems. I'm sure many of you will be interested in some of the subjects. (The scheduled lectures are linked at the bottom of this page.
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/about/


You may notice that this page looks a little different. It had become so big that some people found it very slow to load, so it's been rebuilt. If anyone wants any news items or links from before March 16, just let me know.


Changes: Useful links page updated (see article above)

March 24, 2021

News:
Join Leader of the BCP Council, Councillor Drew Mellor and others on Facebook TODAY at 1:00pm, for a discussion about how the council is preparing for Summer.
There's also news (and competitions) about the planned 78km of new foot and cycle paths.

BCP - Latest news and updates

Changes:

March 23, 2021

News:
Worried about being hacked. Here's information and advice from Action Fraud.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated


As reported a few days ago, in future Friars Beach Cleans will be organised by Amelia Raine as original leader Graham Higley is moving to the North of England. (Some of you will already be aware of Amelia, who already organises Highcliffe Beach cleans.)
The easing of lockdown rules means that Amelia has been able to plan events for the coming months, obviously subject to alteration if the COVID situation changes again.

Pencil in these dates:
Sunday 8th August, 10.30 - 12.30
Sunday 17th October, 10.30 - 12.30
Sunday 16th January 2022, 10.30 - 12.30


I'm also hoping I may be able to get the What's On page up and running again, so if you have anything planned, please let me know.


Changes:

March 22, 2021

News:
An amendment to the planning application to demolish Castle Lodge B&B has been put in. It seems to be because they want to demolish part of the boundary wall, which is listed.
See 8/21/0168/LB below.

https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=116116


An interesting article in the ECHO about the numbers of COVID victims in Dorset and the BCP area is worth a look.
It's sobering indeed. But one statement really stuck in my mind.
"An added, recent, factor has been older people who have been vaccinated no longer sticking to the guidelines. "

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19177247.older-vaccinated-people-causing-covid-infections-ignoring-guidelines/


Changes:

March 20, 2021

News:
Latest COVID-19 figures for the BCP area.

BCP - Latest news and updates


Some news about the Friars Cliff Beach Clean Team.
The leader, Graham Higley, is leaving the team to move back to his roots in the North this Summer.
The good news is that Amelia Raine is taking over. Amelia already successfully organises the Highcliffe beach cleans, so is bringing her experience and enthusiasm to the Friars Cliff team as well.


Changes:

March 19, 2021

News:
Wide range of subjects in this one. Census day (Sunday), next generation broadband for Christchurch area, family food vouchers for Easter, closure of A338 (Spur Road) for three nights next week, plus other items.

BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes: Useful links page has campsites website added. The link shows nearest sites to Highcliffe, but you can search the whole country.

March 18, 2021

News:
Here's an update from Councillor Nigel Brooks on the BCP plan to introduce Zonal Parking restrictions across wide area of Highcliffe.
Summertime Parking Restrictions – Chewton Farm Estate area, Highcliffe - Update

Well done to our councillors, and to everyone else involved.


Library news. As stated a while ago, from Monday next, some libraries will offer an "order and collect" service. The scheme is starting with ten libraries, and our nearest is Christchurch. Online services continue to be available.
BCP - Latest news and updates


A Message from Deputy Chief Constable Scott Chilton and Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill Regarding Violence Against Women
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Changes:

March 17, 2021

News:
There's a live Q&A with Council Leader Drew Mellor TODAY at 1:00pm. (The newsletter says it is tomorrow, but it arrived overnight, too late for inclusion yesterday.)
There's also links for you give your views on housing, and on anti social behaviour.

BCP - Latest news and updates



Changes:

March 16, 2021

News:
Parks and Open Spaces news (which I found more interesting than I expected).
There's also a link to check changes and updates to BCP services.

BCP - Latest news and updates



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