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Dec 3 News -
Here's an announcement from Trish Jamieson, Clerk of Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council.
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Fencing on A337

Work on replacing the very old and dilapidated fencing on the A337 between Hinton Wood Avenue and the Medical Centre has been completed with generous contributions from St Mark’s Church, .Brentland Ltd and Cllr Nigel Brooks. The work was carried out by Ashley Tree Surgeons. The Parish Council has worked hard to bring about this much needed project to tidy up some 250 metres of unkempt and broken down fencing and vegetation and it has definitely improved the look of that section of the “village entrance” and does present the village as somewhere we care about.
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Various bits and pieces in this update, including advice for citizens of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland if you want to continue living in the UK.
BCP - Latest news and updates

A couple of items in this Alert. An upcoming crackdown on drink and drug drivers, and a survey to help understand how the COVID situation had impacted crime and other activities.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.

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Dec 2 News -
What you can and cannot do in Tier 2 from today onwards. Included is advice on creating a Christmas Bubble.
There's also a link to a live Facebook Q&A from BCP, but as usual they have given little notice as it's today at 1:00pm.
(The newsletter is dated yesterday, but arrived in the middle of last night!)

BCP - Latest news and updates

The rumours about the 1A bus service through Highcliffe to New Milton and Tesco are completely unfounded.
In fact, Yellow Buses have stated that from April next year they are intending to increase the service.
Where do these stories come from I wonder?


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Nov 30 News -
Two whole days without anything from either BCP or Neighbourhood Alert. Amazing!

You may remember that a long time back, when planning permission was granted for the demolition and redevelopment of The Rothesay in Lymington Road, I mentioned that owners Michael and Dee were looking to relocate the very popular Seabrook Seals Swim School.
I'm pleased to say that they have finally succeeded, and a purpose built pool is to be erected on a field next to The Retreat on the A35. (The Retreat used to be The East Close Hotel.)
In keeping with the surrounding area, the pool will be a barn like structure, with one fully glazed wall.

By the way, the demolition of The Rothesay is due to begin in January.

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Nov 27 News -
There has been a surge in online shopping fraud. A combination of Christmas coming, and the massive increase of people online shopping this year, has brought even more fraudsters out from under their rocks.
Good advice in the report below.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 26 News -
Unfortunately, the BCP area, along with the new Forest and the rest of Hampshire, has been classified as a Tier 2 (High Alert) area from December 2, so less flexibility than we had before this current lockdown.
Read all about it below.

BCP - Latest news and updates



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Nov 25 News -
A resident is asking if we think that two young people coming out of the Co-op side by side, and with only a bottle of Coke, constitutes an essential shopping trip. Not for most, but I guess I might think differently if I was a youngster desperate for my favourite drink.

There is a live BCP/Public Health Dorset/Dorset CC COVID-19 Public Update broadcast tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:00pm. Questions must be sent in beforehand. (Nice of them to give us a bit of notice this time.)
BCP - Latest news and updates


The COVID-19 Winter Plan, Business support grants, other advice.
BCP - Latest news and updates



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Nov 24 News -
The rumour (from a normally very reliable source) is that the Highcliffe Christmas lights will be switched on this very evening. The assumption is that the lack of public announcement is to restrict the usually large numbers of people who turn out for the event.


I know there are many talented people in Highcliffe, but I confess I hadn't heard of author John Umfreville until I got a pointer about him.
John, who is now in his 80's, retired from the petrochemical industry and turned his hand to writing, and his latest book, "The Comings and Goings of the Reverend Bertram Moorehouse" was published last year, and is available in all the usual formats, and from all the usual sources.
Although in need of care, John is able to still live independently at home, with the help of a live in carer (from an organisation called Promedica24).

Who else is out there we should know about? What other talents are hidden in Highcliffe that could do with a bit of free publicity? Let me know.


Any witnesses to a hate crime in the car park at Wickes last Saturday lunchtime?
Dedicated COVID-19 police officers now on patrol.
Two charged at an anti COVID legistlation protest.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 23 News -
Back online following recent broadband issues. Not too much to report apart from the usual BCP and Neighbourhood Alert reports.

Latest COVID figures, COVID in children, another testing station - this one in Boscombe.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Transforming travel, including a chance to have your say.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Advice on safe Christmas shopping online.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 20 News -
Various bits and pieces, including info about the Highcliffe Castle photo competition.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Includes news of discounted bus fares and free parking in the lead up to Christmas.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Includes another survey asking people how they want to communicate with the Police.
Also items on online community groups, counter terrorism policing, and an appeal about a robbery at Hurn.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 18 News -
There's a BCP live Facebook presentation TODAY(thanks for the advance notice BCP).
It's a business and economy special. It can of course be watched afterwards, but any questions must be sent in advance.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Your chance to ask questions about COVID-19. Questions in advance of the event, but at least this one is next week.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 17 News -
Sadly, there are still one or two mindless morons out there, doing their best to get kids a bad name.
On Sunday afternoon at about 4:00pm, a group of youngsters destroyed the Parish Council noticeboard at Nea Meadows.
One of the group was a girl with long blond hair, and another was a young male riding a maroon Zipbee moped.
If you have any clues or suspicions about who they are, the Council would love to hear from you.
Personally, I would ask them what possible pleasure is to be gained by such pointless and ridiculous vandalism. What do they think they've achieved I wonder?

Take a look at the result of the vandalism here

Council Chair Bob Hutchings says:
"Alongside the Friends of Nea Meadows, the Parish Council has been working hard to improve this wonderful asset to our areas, and this episode is a massive disappointment to everyone concerned and, of course, it's replacement will be an unnecessary waste of public money."


The stolen dog mentioned a couple of days ago has been reunited with the owner.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 16 News -

Many will have noticed this already, but Beryl Bikes have reached Highcliffe. They are situated opposite The Globe.
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Just in case you don't know about the Beryl Bike Share scheme, all the info about it in the BCP area can be seen below.
https://beryl.cc/bikeshare/bournemouth-poole


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Nov 14 News -

Latest COVID figures. Plus how to report illegal gatherings and the like.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Only two items today!
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 13 News -

Various - includes a photo competition run by Highcliffe Castle.
BCP - Latest news and updates


After months of receiving next to nothing, the Alerts are coming thick and fast now.
There are three this time. Password protection advice, a thank you, and an opportunity to ask questions about hate crime.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 12 News -
The Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council has been promised a new pavement sweeper, and are therefore keen to ensure pavements are kept clear so that it can do it's job properly and of benefit to all.
So the Council are asking that we all play our part, and here is what they say.
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Highcliffe & Walkford Concil

HOW CLEAR IS YOUR PAVEMENT?
We know that the majority of people who live in Highcliffe & Walkford are exemplary in cutting back their hedges and branches to make sure their growth doesn’t inconvenience others walking along the pavements.

But a few people inevitably do forget or otherwise fail to do what needs to be done. The Parish Council is really keen to see its pavements cleared of all obstruction and, if they are, the new pavement sweeper we’ve been promised by BCP should make our pavements cleaner and wider than they have been for many a long year.

Please help us to achieve this goal. Please take a look at your own hedges and trees and where appropriate take action to cut them back. This is a good time of year to be doing it; it’s also a good thing to do because we understand that BCP are currently inspecting our streets and they will be sending statutory notices out soon requiring occupiers to deal with overgrown hedges and branches. Please do make sure you don’t qualify to receive one of these!

The Chairman of the Parish Council, Bob Hutchings, said “the appallingly overgrown state of the Lymington Road pavements (adjoining St Mark’s Churchyard) has now been resolved after years of Dorset County Council neglect and it would be great to think we can aim to meet that standard throughout the parish”.

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More volunteers needed. Money worries? And more.
BCP - Latest COVID -19 news and updates

Just what it says. Includes lots of online events and activities.
BCP - Latest Library News


Good news about a suspected rapist caught and "helping with enquiries".
Also a lengthy article with links to helplines and advice on a wide range of issues, many of which are made worse by the COVID situation.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 8 News -
The Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council needs your input. I encourage everyone to take part.
Here is what they say.
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Highcliffe & Walkford Neighbourhood Plan

The final sections of the Neighbourhood Plan for the Highcliffe & Walkford area are coming together and the Parish Council now need your help, as a resident in the area, to complete a short online questionnaire which covers the following issues.

Local Green Spaces
Local Cycle Routes
Design Character
Parking Problems


Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HWNP-options

If you are unable to complete the questionnaire online ‘hard’ copies are available in the vestibule at The Old School House, 254 Lymington Road, Highcliffe and they can be returned to the Parish Council’s post box, also at the Old School House.

Thank you for your help.

Cllr Nigel Brooks
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A wide range of information in this one.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Another scam, this one relates to PayPal. Also, are you eligible for free gas connection and/or central heating?
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


Changes - Care providers page updated with an entry for Helping Hands. This is an award winning, family run company, which tailors their service to suit the client. Everything from 30 minutes a week, to full time live in care.

Nov 6 News -
This one arrived late yesterday, but is all about the nationwide restrictions that were put in place yesterday.

BCP - Latest news and updates


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Nov 5 News -
About which council services will remain, and those that will close
BCP - Latest news and updates

This one should have arrived yesterday, but I've included it as it describes the role of the new COVID marshalls.
It also has telephone numbers to report non compliance and noise issues.

BCP - Latest news and updates

The latest Alert has another survey, this one is asking for opinions on police priorities.
There's also a bit about telephone scams happening at present.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Nov 3 News -
Latest restrictions, a call for volunteers, how BCP hope to keep services going.
BCP - Latest news


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Nov 2 News -
Reference the planning application to demolish 20 Chewton Farm Road, and replace it with a block of 14 apartments.
This is the second application. The original from March this year was not determined in time so the applicant has lodged an appeal.
This second application is to give the council a chance to reach a decision to avoid the cost of the appeal, or to have tthe Planning Inspector in Bristol make the decision for them.
A sharp eyed resident has spotted that this plan has received letters of support, but almost entirely from people from outside of the area, and as far away as Dunstable in Bedfordshire.
If I was an old cynic. I'd be wondering if the developer has been busy behind the scenes.

Consultation ends on November 16. See the details below:
http://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=115515



The latest Neighbourhood Alert has a lengthy piece on mental health fears increasing with the end of the furlough scheme. Lots of links to helpful websites.
(Also another survey. This one about working to tackle fraudsters.)
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


New COVID marshalls on patrol (!). Food parcels delivered to families. Have your say on homelessness and rough sleeping. Other info as well.
BCP - Latest news


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Oct 30 News -
Dorset has a drop in recorded crime figures.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Oct 29 News -
There's information about trick or treating this halloween. Included are links to download a "No Trick or Treat" printable poster from Dorset Police, available in a couple of different formats.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.



Latest news on risk levels in the BCP area. There's also news about a live BCP update and Q&A on the subject, but it's at 5:00pm today.
BCP - Latest COVID news


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Oct 27 News -
Outline planning application 8/20/0752/OUT may be of interest to some.
The plan is to demolish 20 Chewton Farm Road, and replace it with a block of 14 apartments. Consultation ends on November 16. See the details below:
http://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=115515


Half term food parcels available for families this half term. Also details of a live COVID-19 special Facebook discussion tomorrow. If you have any questions they need to be sent in advance, (You can also watch the event afterwards as well.)
BCP - Latest news


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Oct 25 News -
Following my piece about Councillor Brooks yesterday, I now have the statement he issued to the press explaining his decision to work with the ruling Conservaatives at BCP. It is below.
(I'm reminded of my favourite quote from the Councillor, and the reason he won so much suport at election time -
"I don't do politics, just an Independent wanting to do the best for our residents!")
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After careful consideration I have concluded that it is vitally important to stand up for Christchurch and, setting aside any party lines, to work with the new Conservative administration. I am a wholly Independent Councillor and support the Unity Alliance and its Leader Councillor Vikki Slade. Whilst Bournemouth and Poole have seen significant investment, and there is further investment in the ‘pipeline’, I will ensure that Christchurch does not miss out on opportunities for improvements for businesses and residents alike.
I am, therefore, now working with the Conservative administration and Cabinet as Lead Member and Champion for ‘Christchurch Regeneration and BCP Retail Strategy’ encompassing Christchurch Major Projects, Regeneration Support, Local Development Plan and the BCP High Street Strategy.

As a Ward and Parish Councillor for Highcliffe & Walkford I am passionate about making a difference for residents, businesses and visitors alike by leading the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan which will help to shape the future of planning in the Parish area, a ‘Revitalise the High Street, Highcliffe’ project as well as having recently established a Community Speed Watch scheme in Highcliffe.
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Oct 24 News -
Readers of the New Milton Advertiser will have already seen the announcement that BCP and Highcliffe/Walkford Parish Councillor, Nigel Brooks, has been appointed to a lead member role at BCP. (The article currently only appears in the paper's hard copy - not the online version.)
But you can read all about it in the BCP announcement below.
BCP - Latest news

My personal opinion is that the councillor deserves the highest praise for putting politics aside to work with the new Conservative leaders of the Council, unlike others who refused the offer of a Council cross party coalition.
I don't believe you can influence much by being on the outside of any organisation, but Councillor Brooks is now in a position to work for the residents of our area (including of Christchurch, as he is the only councillor from the old borough to be included).

There's also a COVID related newsletter about staying safe this Autumn.
BCP - Latest news and service updates

Dorset Police to be among the first to use new fast track finger printing technology.
There's also another survey announcement and a video in the Alert
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Oct 23 News -
First - a reminder about the road closures next week, which are sure to cause traffic chaos. Here is the original BCP announcement.
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GORDON ROAD and WATERFORD ROAD, HIGHCLIFFE – both roads closed at their junctions with Lymington Road

From Monday 26 October until Friday 30 October 2020

The main Lymington Road will remain open but will be operating on two-way temporary signals

To undertake the installation of power lines o/s No. 402 Lymington Road

DIVERSION: Via Chewton Common Road to access Gordon Road

DIVERSION: Via Stuart Road to access Waterford Road
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( Number 402 is the building occupied by Beauty of Highcliffe.)

Following an assault by fly tippers on an innocent passerby, there is another Police request to see if anyone recognises the character in the latest Neighbourhood Alert. It is a much clearer photo than normal.
There's also news about Dorset Police work concerning vunerable women.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.

A couple of BCP newsletters. The first includes news of COVID-19 testing units, including a mobile one.
BCP - Latest news and service updates

This is Parks and open Spaces news.
BCP - Latest news and service updates


Residents are pointing out that the Wharncliffe Road car park is increasingly being used for overnight stays by caravans and camper vans. There were apparently four last night alone.
I'm guessing it needs looking at by the authorities. I don't know what the rules are but it's not allowed in many places. I also wonder if the rules are different in the cliff top car park, which I believe is still the designated truck stop for the Christchurch area. Some investigation in order I think.


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Oct 21 News -
With the proposal to remove on street parking through the village, some were concerned about the risk of an increase in speeding traffic.
In his role as Parish Councillor, Nigel Brookes has established a ‘Community Speed Watch’ initiative to work in partnership with Dorset Police.
Working with a team of volunteers who have put themselves forward will enable the scheme to move forward.

Nigel points out that it is not just speeding in Lymington Road that residents are concerned about. Roads such as Hoburne Lane and Ringwood Road often have speeding vehicles.

Read all about the scheme here: ‘Community Speed Watch’


(There is a link to Dorset Road Safe in the file above, which gives information about participating in the popular Driver Awareness scheme, but using an online method.)

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Oct 20 News -
All quiet on the Highcliffe front - as far as i know. Not even anything from BCP for a couple of days.
However, Police are asking if anyone recognises the character in the latest Neighbourhood Alert. He looks to be using a stolen credit card.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Oct 18 News -
It's been a computer free few days. The good guys at RapidPC got me going again though.

A wide range of BCP newsletters have arrived.

Includes the latest COVID figures for Dorset and the BCP area:
BCP - Latest news and service updates

Various, including Green Flag awards, and last Wednesday's Q&A with the BCP new leaders on Facebook:
BCP - Latest news and service updates

Various Halloween events:
BCP - Latest news and service updates


More on avoiding romance fraud. Plus a survey and video about Dorset Police working with other agencies:
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Oct 14 News -
Both Dorset and Hampshire have been placed in Category 1 (medium alert) using the new government rules.
It means we operate under the same rules as at present. Details below:
BCP - Latest news and service updates


Two totally different items. One is about staying safe online, including info about a Zoom webinar tomorrow (requires registration).
The other item is about National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Oct 12 News -
I have no idea how it happened, but Friday's update got deleted, and unfortunately, it contained the planning application links to the G&T development, and to another for 401 Lymington Road (the block containing Top Chef/Fergussons etc).
This application is for changes to the existing, already approved, plans. See it below:
http://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=115415y

The G&T plan is for 15 apartments and one shop, and can be seen below.
http://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=115480

Another one that may be of interest is an application to demolish 19 and 21 Wortley Road, and to build a 2.5 storey block of eight flats. You can see that one below:
http://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=115426


We are being urged to complete the Police survey I mentioned last week if we haven't already done so.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Oct 9 News -
BCP newsletters.
BCP - Latest news and service updates
Roads and travel updates.

BCP - Latest news and service updates
Covid situation in Dorset. Also mental health info and advice.


Here's another Police survey for you.
"Dorset Police Survey To Raise Awareness of Specialist Crime Fighters"
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.



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Oct 8 News -
I notice a "Sold" sign on G&Ts. Anyone know who has bought it?

BCP newsletters.
BCP - Latest news and service updates
New council leader announces his cabinet following his recent coup.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
The current picture in Dorset.
Plus tips if you feel anxious.

Another fine for holding an illegal party.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.



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Oct 6 News -
Sadly, I have heard that the Highcliffe Friends In Need group, who have provided a volunteer service getting people to medical appointments for many years, has has to stop their operation.
The organiser says that the Covid situation, and a lack of drivers, has forced the temporary closure of the service.

A BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
New leadership statement. Register for 2021 garden waste collection.

Fines for an illegal party. (There is also info about an online forum for older drivers next week, but when I looked it is already fully booked. You can register for future events though.)
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.



Changes - Local organisations page updated. (See news item above.)

Oct 2 News -
It seems that some people read critisism and complaint into the piece about Chris Watson only taking orders for delivery since lockdown, rather than opening his shop.
Nothing could have been further from the intention, and having reread the text, I have no idea how anyone came to that conclusion.
I was just reporting some concerns about some people not confident or able - for whatever reasons - with online ordering or paying.

That was the precise reason I made a point of saying that Chris is happy to take telephone orders as well.
Also, I believe they they are extremely flexible and accomodating in ensuring customers can receive and pay for deliveries.
This business is a major asset for Highcliffe and it's residents, and they are bending over backwards to provide a service to ALL of their customers.

https://www.chriswatsonbutchers.shop/


A BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Library news.


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Oct 1 News -
I'm hearing that many people are disappointed that award winning Highcliffe butcher, Chris Watson, is now only dealing with online orders. There is concern that some (mostly elderly it is suggested) may be unhappy about having to order any pay online.
No need to worry however, as I notice that Chris states on his website that orders can be taken over the telephone, and that a delivery service will bring purchases to your door.
https://www.chriswatsonbutchers.shop/


A little flurry of BCP newsletters has arrived.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Waste and recycling changes .
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
All about the new restrictions.
Plus news about flu jabs.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Various news items, plus info about a live Facebook presentation by the new Council leader (but it was yesterday).



Dorset Police are very proud of their new boat. (Interesting that they named it a pirate.)
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


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Aug 12 News -

Latest BCP newsletter.

BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Includes news of a virtual Bournemouth Air Show.


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Aug 11 News -

Latest BCP newsletters.
Apologies - they are a bit late.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

All about rubbish. Collections, disposal, recycling.

BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Various, including what to do if you test positive for COVID.



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Aug 6 News -

Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Share your lockdown experiences, and several other interesting articles.
Also includes a link to the following "Eat Out To Help Out" website, so you can find all the places participating nearby.
(Save 50% on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.)

https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant

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Aug 4 News -

When Highcliffe Library reopens tomorrow, there are some changes and restrictions.
Rather than list them here, I suggest visiting the Library Facebook page, where everything is explained in detail.
https://www.facebook.com/highcliffelibrary/


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Aug 3 News -

The mystery of the straw bales in the beck under Gordon Road has been explained.
The straw bales were placed there by Wessex Water as a means to filter the water in the stream. During the recent rains, sewerage contaminated the stream and the water company have spend the best part of the week clearing up the mess.
The bales have done their job, and are now gone.


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Aug 1 News -

Councillor Brooks is on the ball again. He tells me that of the libraries currently still closed in Dorset, Highcliffe Library will be one of the first to reopen - on Thursday August 6.


Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Wide range of articles, including advice about travelling abroad, face coverings, Council Leader's next online Q&A.

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July 31 News -

Following the piece about the straw bales in the Gordon Road beck, I now know that the Parish Council is already on the case.
They have written to the owner of the adjoining land, and are currently following up that action.

On the Highcliffe Library situation, Councillor Brooks says that BCP Council are reopening libraries in a phased arrangement.
Many staff were furloughed, as well as being moved to other roles, as a result of Covid-19 situation.
It will take time to get staff back into position to be able all libraries to reopen.

Latest BCP newsletters.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Includes new vehicle towing powers, and "Cycle to win prizes". Other items as well.


BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Lots of Parks and Open Spaces news.



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July 30 News -

Some good news from one of Highcliffe's oldest businesses. Natalie at Crystal World earlier announced that she would be retiring and closing the shop when the lease runs out in a few months.
She has now said the following:
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Following an overwhelming number of comments,
Natalie at Crystal World has decided to keep Crystal World re-open for the foreseeable future. The shop temporarily closed for a re-fit on Saturday 18th July but will re-open from Thursday 30th July, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

There will be a large range of traditional and contemporary silver and stone set jewellery, an extensive range of the very popular rocks and minerals. We also do bead and pearl re-stringing and jewellery repairs.

Enquiries: crystalworld@btinternet.com or 01425 279884.
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Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
Not exactly our area yet, but there's a spate of cash machine crimes occurring in Bournemouth and Poole, which is a bit too close for comfort. The article includes advice on prevention, ans a picture of a skimming device.

Concerns have been raised about the dumping of straw bales in the stream running under Gordon Road.
I am trying to find out what is to be done about it.

I have also asked why Highcliffe Library is not reopening, unlike others. The Library is an important social hub for many, so it seems unfair to keep it closed.


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July 28 News -

Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

All kinds of useful stuff, including how to book a virus check if you have any symptoms.


Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
Several interesting items, including a new "Safety In Neighbours Burglary Campaign" as a rise is expected in crimes now that lockdown is eased.
There's also CCTV links to try to catch people using stolen credit cards in the area.


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July 24 News -
Following emails on the subject of the missing seating in the Crow's Nest shelter, I passed the problem onto Councillor Nigel Brookes.
He has been told by a BCP official that the seating will be installed on August 10/11.


Latest BCP newsletters.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Various, but includes news of an app to find the least crowded beaches.


BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
Again, various items.

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
All about compusory wearing of face masks. (better late than never I suppose.)
Also an article about potential rise in hate crimes aimed at disabled.

A new business has started. Highcliffe resident Elodie Stewart is offering a podiatry, chiropody, and foot care service in your own home.
See contact details on Complimentary Treatments page, or the Health Treatments and Products page.

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July 21 News -

Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
Asking for your opinions and experiences on anti social behaviour. It's quite a long article, but just a short survey.

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July 20 News -

Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Libraries reopening news, travel corridors, Council Leader Vikki Slades Q&A sessions, and other stuff.


Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
A couple of lengthy articles. One about Dorset's falling crime rates, and the other about enjoying Dorset safely.



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July 16 News -

Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Wide range of information.


Neighbourhood Alert page updated.
Plenty to read today. Scams, special constables, and a request for older drivers to say if they want the popular driving refreshers restarted.

As you all know, most of the local shop, cafes, pubs, and restaurants are open in some form or another, but the services offered varies, so cannot be detailed here.
But as examples, The Amberwood has reopened both bar and restaurant, obviously with COVID restrictions still in place, and the Beach Hut Cafe is open for a wide range of takeaway food, including their famous breakfasts.
They also have gained permission to have tables on the beach, so there is plenty of seating (including on their all weather area.
As I said, just about everyone is providing a service again to some degree.



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July 14 News -

As many will know, there was a collision near the junction of Wharncliffe Road and lymington Road last Friday morning.
Very sadly, the pedestrian involved, a local lady, has since died in Southampton Hospital.

Local Police are seeking any witnesses. All the details are in the report below.
Neighbourhood Alert page.


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July 14 News -

As many will know, there was a collision near the junction of Wharncliffe Road and lymington Road last Friday morning.
Very sadly, the pedestrian involved, a local lady, has since died in Southampton Hospital.

Local Police are seeking any witnesses. All the details are in the report below.
Neighbourhood Alert page.


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July 13 News -

Hairdressers Muir Chapman have moved from their premises at the end of The Arcade to 420B Lymington Road, between Ethos Care Services and Hair On The Cliffe. Their phone number is unchanged - 01425 280410.

Latest BCP newsletters.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Wide range of items.

BCP - COVID-19. Roads and Travel Updates



Changes - Plan and Hairdressers page update (see item above).

July 10 News -

Suspicious behaviour to report on the Hoburne Estate. I have received the following information, and I recommend that if anyone has a similar experience, that they contact local Police immediately as the person is obviously up to no good. Various methods of doing so can be found here:
https://www.dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing/christchurch/mudeford-highcliffe/
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I live on the Hoburne Farm Estate and would like to make other people aware that a young, short, dark haired young woman rang my doorbell about 12.30 pm today asking about my internet.
Said she had spoken to other neighbours who were complaining about internet speed. She never introduced herself at all. I said mine was fine thanks and I wasn’t interested. She asked me who I was with to which I replied it doesn’t matter and said sorry I have to go. She continued to stare at me and then I said sorry I have visitors so I’ve got to go, thanked her and said sorry and shut the door.
She still stood there staring at the door as could see her through glass. She went off and my friends left and said she was round the corner. There didn’t seem to be any vehicle or anyone else.
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What you can and cannot do advice.



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July 7 News -

Yesterday, Gordon Road and Waterford Road were closed for emergency water works, with the main Lymington Road being down to one lane controlled by temporary lights.
Here is the BCP announcement:
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GORDON ROAD and WATERFORD ROAD, HIGHCLIFFE

Unfortunately, as from this morning 6 July 2020, Bournemouth Water have closed the above roads at their junctions with Lymington Road due to a burst main. It is anticipated that this closure will be in place for up to five days.


Diverson: Via Chewton Common Road to access Gordon Road

Diversion: Via Stuart Road to access Waterford Road

The main Lymington Road is open but will be operating on two-way temporary signals


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It seems that visitors to the area were much better behaved during the weekend just gone, with few of the ridiculous scenes of previous chaos. Police have issed a "thank you" statement through Neighbourhood Alert. (It probably helped that it rained just about all day on Saturday.)
Neighbourhood Alert page


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July 6 News -

Latest couple of Neighbourhood Alert reports:

Neighbourhood Alert page
A lengthy one about preparations for crowds now that tourism industry is starting to reopen, and one about Dorset Police involvement in a nation wide operation against crime gangs.

(This page looks a bit different now. It somehow became corrupted, and either loaded very slowly or not at all, so has been rebuilt. If anyone requires old Alert articles please email.)

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July 5 News -

Good news. The "travellers" at Saffron Drive have travelled. BCP Council added quickly, and obtained a court order on Friday, and baliffs evicted the invaders yesterday at midday.
Councillor Brooks added that a tractor has placed large rocks at the entrance to the ‘green area’ and soil mounds have been placed at a secondary entrance point. A review of security of the site will be undertaken by BCP Council next week.

Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Includes - support for walking and cycling, tourism reopening, etc.


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July 3 News -

Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Mostly advice about places and businesses reopening.


Some information about our discussions about the Zig Zag path, in which it was noted that Keep Left & social distancing signs were installed at the top of the path, but not at the bottom, and the same situation with No Cycling signs, and that this discrepancy had caused some altercations.

Castle staff pointed out that the bottom of the path is the responsibility of BCP Community Open Spaces Team, but that the social distancing signs have since been installed. (The Castle team passed the issue on to the BCP team.)
The interesting part is about the No Cycling signs, which had apparently been installed, but subsequently stolen.

That's not the end of it though, and the following email from the BCP team explains the situation.
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I have seen your email which mentions no-cycling signage.

This is due to be reviewed as part of a wider seafront review in connection with an accessibility study. That piece of work has been postponed during Covid but the consolation part of this should go ahead in the late autumn assuming nothing changing with the current situation.

Signage has been deployed, as well as no cycling signage which promptly disappeared sometime after its installation. As there is no byelaw in place for this site currently any signage we place is advisory only and not enforceable. I respect the opinion that this activity here is not safe and will look to get something else out there in the next week

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So all the time most of us thought that cycling was banned on the path, for obvious reasons, it relied on the common sense of people, and we all know that there are always those that will do what they want, regardless of others. Luckily they are usually a small minority. (But after recent public exploits on the coast, you have to wonder.)


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July 1 News -

Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Includes a live link for watching this afternoon's meeting between BCP and Dorset County Council to discuss the Dorset-wide health and care response to Covid-19. It starts at 3:00pm.


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June 27 News -
More on the "travellers" invasion of Saffron Drive.
The BCP council is on the case, and working to get them moved on.
Our councillors have asked for all vulnerable locations in Highcliffe and Walkford to be checked/made secure/locked off.

If a resident becomes aware of a further or possible incursion taking place, please contact Mike Parkinson BCP Council (Parks & Grounds Maintenance Manager) mike.parkinson@bcpcouncil.gov.uk straightaway.


You may remember the story of 10 year old Alex from Walkford. During lockdown, he was raising and selling plants (and books) from a stall outside of his house to raise money for the NHS.
Now that school beckons, and his stall has been cleared away, here is his final statement.
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A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED MY TOMATO AND BOOK STALL!
I HAVE RAISED A GRAND TOTAL OF £375 FOR THE NHS
THIS WAS A LOCKDOWN CHALLENGE SET BY MY SCHOOL

THANK YOU AGAIN!!

ALEX AGE 10
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Fantastic job Alex. Well done indeed.

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June 26 News -
"Travellers" have invaded the green on Hoburne Estate, where Saffron Drive meets the A337.
Enough said.


Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

A major incident has been declared after thousands of people ignored both rules and advice, and then left beaches looking like a rubbish tip.


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June 25 News -
Latest BCP newsletter.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Includes a list of all the business types allowed to reopn on July 4, assuming they comply with the new social distancing rules.

The discussion about signs on the Zig Zag, has led to it being pointed out that cycling is still a problem on the path, not helped by the absence of signs at the bottom of the path.
However, it has to be pointed out that this is not a new problem. Risking life and limb from people cycling on the path has always been an issue, as clear signage has never stopped some of them before.
(Before I start getting emails berating me for critisising cyclists, let me say - as with almost all problems - it is only a small minority that cause a issue.)


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June 23 News -
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Includes a warning about ticks, and an invitation for children to design signs.


BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates
This one includes info about free school dinner vouchers, and news about tomorrow's Q&A with Vikki Slade being a bit later than it's normal Midday, plus other items.


Someone who had an exchange of words with people on the Zig Zag, has pointed out that at the top, it is clearly signed to keep to the left to maintain social distancing, but no such signs are in place at the bottom.
One can only assume that the BCP team responsible think that visitors only go down the path, whereas locals realise that just as many are approaching from the beach below to come up tha path.
The matter has been passed to our excellent local councillors.



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June 17 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Shops opening, Loneliness.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates


Latest Neighbourhood Alert reports
All about Covid related scams, and how to sopt them.

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June 13 News -
The oddest thing has happened with the photo yesterday, which I am unable to explain. (If anyone has any bright ideas I'd love to hear them.)

The photo displays on some devices upside down, and on others the correct way up, so some of you saw it one way, and some the other. Here it is the opposite way to yesterday, so hopefully everyone can see it correctly with one or the other.
All too strange.

(Click picture for bigger version)


Latest BCP newsletter. Wide range of items.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates


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June 12 News -
You may remember that when the ZigZag Path was completed last year, Martin Stewart (of Stewart's Gardenlands) organised the planting of shrubs and pines along the path.
A year on, weeding and maintenance became necessary, and Martin called for volunteers to help.
Needless to say, plenty of Highcliffe residents, including our Parish Councillors (of course) responded, and spent yesterday making the path look its best.
(Click picture for bigger version)

In the picture are, left to right – David Armstrong, Angus Mcmillian, Martin Stewart, Steve Burman, Judie Burman, Bob Hutchings, Ian Nichols (not in the photo are Andy Rogers, Mel Pike and Nigel Brooks - all behind the camera).
Well done indeed to all concerned.

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June 11 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Several items included, including shops reopening and BCP vote of confidence.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates



The latest Neighbourhood Alert report is about Stop and search figures in Dorset.
Neighbourhood Alert page


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June 10 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Several items included.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates



The latest Neighbourhood Alert report. Included news of a robbery in Somerford Road.
Neighbourhood Alert page

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June 6 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Includes "Beaches - Your Questions Answered.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates



The latest Neighbourhood Alert report contains several items on different subjects, including lots about Celebrating Our Neighbours.
Neighbourhood Alert page

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June 4 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. A wide range of articles in this one, including free advertising for businesses, and the approaching deadline for applying for discretionary business grants.

BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates



Nothing to do with Highcliffe, certainly not directly anyway, but I've heard about a chap who lives in the Forest that may be offering a service that may be of interest to local families.
For many years he has been an auctioneer, and has on many occasions given his time to run charity auctions across the South.
It seems that in the course of his work, he has repeatedly been upset by selling valuble items at auction, only for the proceeds to go staright to a house clearance company, rather than to a family.
Eventually, he has started to offer a reasonably priced probate service, in an attempt to ensure people receive the proper returns on property contents, rather than it all going straight to a house clearance firm.
Got to be worth a look if you are in the sad situation of considering a house clearance.
https://probatespecialist.uk/


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June 3 News -
Latest BCP newsletter. Worth a look, with several interesting items.
BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates


A serious case of more haste, less speed yesterday I'm afraid.
The Council Leader is of course Vikki Slade (a name I've typed many times recently).
Many thanks for the people who spotted my error. (At least it shows people are watching I guess.)

Far too much sun I think (although not on the beach I have to say). I also failed to upload the beach party photos on May 31. Done now.

A reminder. Comments (both for and against) on the application for the Greystones work planned by Christchurch Housing Association, mentioned on May 10, need to be in by June 13. Application 8/20/0287/FUL can be seen below:
http://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=115050


Once again I can mention our local councillors working for the community, and after many recent years when the opposite was often true, what a pleasure it is to say.

As part of Volunteer Week, Parish Councillors Bob Hutchings and Nigel Brooks, together with Mel Pike from the Highcliffe Castle Wheelers Cycle Club got together on Monday to clear weeds and leaves along Lymington Road near the Golf Club; a total of more than 20 wheelbarrow loads was collected.
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June 2 News -
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BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Council Leader Vikki Hallam is not happy after witnessing widespread scenes of irresponsible behaviour across our beaches at the weekend. She also has another of her now regular Q&A Facebook sessions tomorrow.


This Alert is all about special constables and volunteers. There are links to find out more, plus a link to find out about becoming a police cadet.
Neighbourhood Alert page



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May 31 News -
Friday evening at the bottom of the ZigZag.
Probably thinking that if the person who came up with the social distancing rules can ignore them, then so can we.
(Thanks for sharing the photo.)

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May 30 News -
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BCP - COVID-19. Latest news and service updates

Reopening of markets, and a local discretionary grant scheme to support small businesses.


You may well have seen that the free parking for key workers ends tomorrow. A scheme will still be available for NHS, health, and social care staff. Read all about it in this Echo article.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18482107.7000-frontline-staff-sign-councils-free-parking-scheme/?ref=eb


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May 29 News -
I'm very pleased to tell you that while people have been complaining about lack of open public toilets, our Councillor Nigel Brooks has been very busy on our behalf, and most toilets should now be open. The exceptions are the Cliffhanger and the Noisy Lobster, which are operated by the business tenants.
The Cliffhanger has agreed to open, but - and I quote - "Peter Hayward at the Noisy Lobster is proving more difficult
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which probably won't surprise too many locals. There could be progress though, as there is a meeting there this morning.
I suggest reading the following communications between Cllr Brooks and BCP Council officials. It is good to see our politicians working so hard on our behalf.
Public Toilets. Highcliffe, May 2020


More good news from our local politicians, this time from the Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council.
One of the first things they did when elected was to work with residents to identify problems with the pavements in Lymington Road.
Here's what the Council have said.
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Some good news!

In March the Parish’s working group submitted a photographic report to BCP Council identifying some 35 locations where the pavements in the retail part of Lymington Road were badly uneven. I had previously received many ‘first hand’ accounts of falls/trips/ near misses from residents.

BCP Council have started repair work (photo herewith), using the period while shops are closed to work will minimal interruption.

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