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News and Changes

May 16, 2022

News:

The traffic chaos around Christchurch is set to continue. SGN are now saying that it could be Thursday 19th before the emergency work is completed. Avoid the whole area if possible.
Apparently, some frustrated motorists have been abusing the workers. Please remember that they didn't cause the gas leak, and are the people doing their best to fix the problem.


Despite the appalling weather yesterday, 23 hardy souls still turned out for the beach clean, and collected 13 sacks of litter.


I have recieved the following, which may be of interest with anyone with some spare time.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQLKxmRHzHY

Could you change a life by giving some time?

We are looking for volunteers in your area – have you got a few hours a week to help people living with sightloss live the life they choose? In this role you will support a person with sight loss to get out and about in their local community, building self-confidence, increasing social interaction, and promoting independence.

For more information please go to
https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/.../volunteering-for-guide.../

or you can contact us direct to find out more, email hazel.kelly@guidedogs.org.uk


Changes:

May 14, 2022

News:

Having previously said the emergency gas works at the Fountain Roundabout would be complete by Thursday evening, SGN has now said “it is too soon” to say how long it will take to complete.
Meanwhile, motorists are searchiong for routes to avoid the delays, and in doing so are causing long delays elsewhere. (Yesterday afternoon it took me 45 minutes to cross Avon Causeway for example.)


A range of quite interesting items.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Prisoners helping with housing crisis.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

May 13, 2022

News:

A reminder - Friars Cliff Beach Clean this Sunday.
As usual, meet at the Wave Wall for 10:30 to 12:30.


While talking about Friars Cliff. There have been numerous sightings of adders in the grassy areas, and around the beach huts.
Please be wary, especially if you are dog walking.


If you've had a bike stolen in recent weeks you may want to look at this. Police have found loads.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

May 12, 2022

News:

The emergency gas works on the by-pass could continue until 9:00pm today. Definitely an area to be avoided if yesterday is anything to go by.

More arrests in the fight against drug gangs.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Transforming Travel news, including info on Walk To School Week (next week).
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes: What's On page updated

May 7, 2022

News:

Gill and John McEwen, who for many years have run (probably) the area's most popular pub, The Amberwood in Walkford, are taking an extremely well deserved retirement at the end of June. The pub has been a go-to destination for great food, great beer, and is one of the few local live music venues. That's not to mention the many thousands of pounds they have raised for local charities over the years.

The new people (Nina and Rich Bartlett) will start on July 1, and will be keeping the current staff, and are intending to run the pub in the same way Gill and John have so successfully done for so long.


"Welcome to our Ukranian guests". Plus a range of other items.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Roads and Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

May 6, 2022

News:

Be aware that the car park at Wingfield Recreation Ground will be closed on Monday (May 9) for tree felling.


Changes:

May 5, 2022

News:

After a gap of two years (for reasons we all know about) it is great to know that the Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival is back in June. It's on Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12.
The (entirely voluntary) team that has organised it have somehow made it bigger and better than ever before. Even the Festival program is glossier and more professional than before, and is full of information. You can pick up a copy in various village locations, but everything is also on the Festival website.
https://www.highcliffefoodandartsfestival.co.uk/

(They also have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.)


Story about a 90 year old volunteer being celebrated. Article includes links for volunteering for speed watch duties, and other Police work.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Neighbourhood Watch May Newsletter



Changes:

April 30, 2022

News:

Lots of info and advice about stalking. (It's Stalking Awareness Week.) Also a survey about Neighbourhood Watch.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Range of items, including smartening up of Christchurch High Street.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Talking of Christchurch, I found this article interesting. It seems all is not harmonious at BCP.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20102139.christchurch-town-council-wants-buy-waitrose-car-park/?ref=ebln

Still talking of BCP, Council Leader Drew Mellor is under pressure. (It's interesting, because you may remember he came to power by organising a vote of no confidence in controversial circumstances.)
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20100787.bcp-council-leader-facing-vote-no-confidence-motion/?ref=ebmpn


Changes:

April 28, 2022

News:

HAT (Highcliffe Action Team) is coordinating Highcliffe's response to the BCP Council "Shop Local" initiative.
Read all about it here.
https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/Shop-Local/Shop-Local.aspx

Here is a poster for local businesses to display.
Shop Local poster


Changes:

April 24, 2022

News:

It might be time to check the piggy bank.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20088683.stunning-highcliffe-cliff-top-homes-market-2-5m-plus/?ref=ebmpn


News on Operation Viper - the anti drug gangs work by combined Police forces, including Dorset's.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Changes:

April 22, 2022

News:

Here we go again!
Another application (8/22/0306/FUL) has been made to build on the wooded area between Jesmond Avenue and Lymington Road (near to the Medical Centre). Seventeen houses this time. Comments by May 20.

https://planning.christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=117482


As reported earlier, 337 Lymington Road is now a homeware shop. But Lauren Matthews Home is more than that. Their luxurious, sustainable homeware products are all made in the UK.
Also, and unusually for Highcliffe, the shop is also currently open seven days a week. Go take a look.


HAT (Highcliffe Action Team) are pleased to announce that they has applied for, and will soon be receiving, some funding from BCP Council to help deliver some projects which they are planning, mainly for the benefit of local businesses, but also residents.
The projects are:
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The reproduction of the Highcliffe map which lists every business and which will be handed out to every business, tourism outlet, hotel, and relevant entities across our area and beyond.

A music festival on the cliff top near Cliffhanger Restaurant which will draw in visitors to the area.

The purchase of Highcliffe branded merchandise which can be sold through local businesses and form a sustainable route for income going forward.

Christmas trees and lights.
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Roads and travel news. Includes a last chance to get your road closed for a Jubillee street party.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Wide range of items, including the return of Festival Coast Live!
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes: Homes page updated (see item above).

April 21, 2022

News:

Sorry it's been a few days since an update - been out of action.

Sad to report that a lady died in Chewton Farm Road on Tuesday morning, despite the best efforts of a passer-by, Police, and an emergency crew.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20078418.woman-dies-requiring-medical-assistance-christchurch/?ref=ebmpn


The popular LOVE OF ART classes, for all ages and abilities, are up and running again, including a new offering for teens.
Here's the announcement.
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Running this Spring:

- weekly fun and friendly art classes for adults, for beginners and improvers, pay as you go
- art classes for children aged 8-12 years - these courses resume next week
- NEW! art classes for teens aged 13-15 years - this course begins next week!

Classes take place at The Old School in Highcliffe on Lymington Road, as well as at the Community Centre in Milford on Sea - please check the website for days and times.

If you have any questions, please get in touch: info@fortheloveofartclasses.co.uk or visit the website where you can book online: www.fortheloveofartclasses.co.uk.

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I'm not aware of any other local news at present, but please email if you know differently.


Changes:

April 15, 2022

News:


Transforming travel news. There's a "have your say" survey.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Waste and recycling news.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Plan your Jubilee Party. Plus another award for Highcliffe Castle.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Stay safe this Easter. Plus "Force Rated As Good ".
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The second item above has a different emphasis from the Echo report below.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20063928.dorset-police-requires-improvement-investigating-crime/?ref=ebln


Highcliffe Castle Golf Club has another open day on Sunday May 15. Free round of golf, complimentary drink, and various promotions. All ages and abilities welcome. Booking is esential, so phone 01425 272210.


Changes:

April 11, 2022

News:

Many apologies!
Yesterday's link to the Highways Improvents Study did not work. I'm not sure why, but it does now.
Highways Improvements Study


Changes:

April 10, 2022

News:

Some of you will have picked up a copy of the Highways Improvements Study from the Parish Clerk, but for everyone else, here is the document. It's well worth a read. As already reported, business owners in Lymington Road made their feelings known about the idea of removing on-street parking, but many of the other suggestions were welcomed.
Highways Improvements Study

Your comments are welcome. Send them to either/or/both:
Nigel Brooks <nigeldbrooks@hotmail.com>
Andy Martin <andypmartin911@aol.com>


The latest from David Sidwick (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner) is interestingly entitled "Acceptable Violence".
Also there's new legislation relating to dangerous weapons.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated.


While on the subject of legislation. Policing of yellow box infringements by motorists is to be passed to councils, allowing them to fine offenders. About time to! Inconsiderate drivers stopping on yellow boxes (and Keep Clear signs) gain nothing, but often cause major inconvenience to others. I have no idea why they do it, but fines are much more likely in future.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/20054828.
highway-code-drivers-warned-expect-fines-yellow-box-junction-rule-changes/



Changes:

April 8, 2022

News:

The story of the Sainsbury's car park fiasco wasn't a Telegraph exclusive. It's been pointed out that many others featured it. here's one example:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10675785/
Sainsburys-shoppers-slam-ludicrous-new-car-park-layout-hairpin-bend.html


I'm a little surprised the Echo didn't make a story out of it though.


Transforming travel news. Includes the School Street scheme, on which you can have your say.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Library news. Extended hours, Easter events, plus other items.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Items include grass cutting plans, Bournemouth BIDS, art installations, childrens' services.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Don't forget that if you are intending to travel abroad, your passport needs to be valid for at least three months from your travel date. However, Ryanair is saying:
"UK passport holders traveling into a Schengen country must make sure that the passport: is valid for at least three months from the date they will leave the country for at least six months from the date of arrival and it shouldn't be older than 10 years."

(Schengen countries are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, and the EU.)


Changes:

April 7, 2022

News:

A new childrens' entertainment service has been started by Highcliffe resident Tammy, and it sounds like fun for any kids who love their trains.
Take a look at https://trainmaster.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/TrainmasterHQ/


Transforming travel news. Nothing in our area, unless you are interested in adult cycle training.
BCP - Latest news and updates


A major scam that is catching thousands. Plus a Christchurch man in court over alleged hate crimes.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

April Neighbourhood Watch newsletter. Interesting as always.


The very odd new car park layout in Sainsbury's car park has made the national press, with an article in last weekend's Telegraph.
It reported many near misses at the new entrance layout.
(I couldn't find his online unfortunately.)

Changes:

April 3, 2022

News:

COVID news.
BCP - Latest news and updates

As everyone kows, free COVID tests have ceased for just about everyone, but TESCO are now selling kits for just £2, which helps a bit.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20038911.tesco-sell-2-covid-tests-free-testing-ends/?ref=ebln

"Tackling Domestic Abuse and Keeping Dorset Prejudice Free"
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The latest What's On updates include April events at the Sports & Social Club, but there's much more going onthere than just music nights, which many people may not know about. For a taster, take a look at this.
April at The Sports and Social Club


Changes: What's On page updated

April 1, 2022

News:

Note the date - a great day for scams, so be on the lookout.

The Red Arrows will at the Bournemouth Air Show every day this year (September 1 to 4. Actual times will be published later, probably next month.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20014389.bournemouth-air-festival-2022-red-arrows-fly-every-day/

It looks like 337 Lymington Road is about to change yet again. Some sort of homeware shop apparently, which could be a useful addition.
It's been all sorts over the years, including Southern Wines, Full of Beans, NuVuw, The Tile Emporium, and probably others.


Changes: What's On page updated


March 31, 2022

News:

New chief for Dorset's Special Constables. There's a link to find out about joining them.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


BCP (and our Parish Council) have plans to improve local High Streets, including ours.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20020190.highcliffe-broadstone-kinson-high-streets-boost-begins/
?ref=rss&IYA-mail=dbeb6c5e-1df6-4fd7-b5eb-e493e5a2572a



Changes:

March 24, 2022

News:

Here is. in full, a very interesting statement from Councillor Nigel Brooks.

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Cllr Nigel Brooks

“As your Ward Councillor I have been leading at BCP Council, together with Officers, a project to support District Centres across the conurbation.

I am pleased to announce that as part of the Council’s support post the pandemic restrictions, Highcliffe has been awarded £34,000 from the government’s Additional Recovery Grant 4 (ARG4) scheme with similar sums going to two other pilot Centres in Broadstone (Poole) and Kinson (Bournemouth).

This revenue sum will be divided between the following events and initiatives happening in 2022 in Highcliffe to help support the village’s vitality and attractiveness –

• Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival
• NEW a music festival event in September (more news later!)
• An updated ‘10-mile map’ giving details of the businesses and attractions
• Highcliffe branded merchandise which has been extremely popular with residents and visitors alike
• Highcliffe in Bloom – who work extremely hard to make the area attractive, both in the High Street and elsewhere
• Support to both the Highcliffe Residents Association and the Chamber of Trade & Commerce

I am delighted that Highcliffe can look forward to an exciting 2022 with not only the return of the Food Festival after a two-year break, but with all the other events and initiatives I have outlined”.

Release
23rd March 2022
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Chair of the Parish Council, Bob Hutchings, would like to clarify the information about the already mentioned Golf Club meeting for Lymington Road businesses on Tuesday. As most of us did not have access to the meeting, nor to the pre distributed documents, the clear impression was that it was to hear the idea (not plan) about removing on-street parking. In fact, a whole range of subjects were being discussed. Many thanks for the clarification Bob. Here's what Bob has to say.
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I feel I ought to correct the impression given by your item today concerning the meeting at the Golf Club last night. The show of hands to which you refer did indeed demonstrate the audience was not in favour of the removal of all on-street parking in Highcliffe but that shouldn’t be extrapolated to say they were against the improvement scheme as a whole.
In fact the audience showed though their voting that they very much favoured the vast majority of the Parish Council’s ideas on this matter. The matter will be fully discussed by the Council this evening and I am confident the views expressed last night will be fully recognised.
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Parks and Open Spaces news. A wide range of items.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Operation Scorpion - more in the fight against drugs gangs. As we've got used to, the Police and Crime Commissioner's releases are long, but it's full of interesting information.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


I know I keep wittering on about this subject, but I'd like to share the following statement, and point out that while many are happily pretending that the problem has gone away, and are feeling fine, you have no idea who you are infecting by not taking even basic care.
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COVID cases are rising “quickly” across the BCP Council area with infection rates at “very high levels”, the local public health authority has said.

Public Health Dorset has warned NHS services are under “huge pressure” with staff absences rising as infections increase.
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Changes:

March 23, 2022

News:

Exciting times at Hoburne Naish yesterday, when a controlled explosion of a WW2 bomb took place at 7:00am.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20012226.ww2-bomb-found-hoburne-naish-holiday-park/?ref=ebln


At last night's meeting at the Golf Club for Lymington Road businesses to hear the idea (not "plan" apparently) to remove on street parking through the village centre, a show of hands proved that the business people were overwhelmingly against the scheme.


Local Police keeping in touch.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Sustainable travel news, and a survey.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

March 22, 2022

News:

The combined Police forces County Lines campaign against drug dealers is having a lot of success.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


From Friday, much stricter laws will be in place regarding mobile phones and driving. (Probably abut time, as the current ones don't seem to make any difference to many.)
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19926083.new-mobile-phone-laws-coming-force-march-25/?ref=ebln

Anyone buying eggs can't fail to have noticed that there are no free range eggs available. It's all to do with avian flu and is explained in full here.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20007570.no-free-range-eggs-available-uk-today/


Changes:

March 20, 2022

News:

Here's a date for your diaries.
At St Mark's Church on Friday April 15 - Good Friday - between 9.30am and 11 am, there is a Craft Workshop.
"A variety of crafts to make and take home, refreshments including hot cross buns!
Suitable for all age groups."


See all the details here.


Changes:

March 19, 2022

News:

Latest COVID news. Unsurprisingly, the numbers of cases and hospital admissions is still rising dramatically.
I guess it is what to expect for pretending the problem has gone away.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Wide range of waste and recycling new.
BCP - Latest news and updates


More on the increase of catalytic converter thefts.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Good news on road works. The Wessex Water repairs that have been causing havoc in Bargates in Christchurch have been completed five weeks ahead of schedule.

Less good news is that the A35 might not be reopening on schedule, with delays caused by recent storm damage.

Changes:

March 15, 2022

News:

A nasty burglary in Thursby Road last week.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Mobile speed cameras wll be around the Christchurch area, including Highcliffe and Walkford, on Thursday.

Changes:

March 12, 2022

News:

Reference the meeting to discuss removing 28 parking bays from Lymington Road.
Following communications with HAT, and an email from Councillor Brooks, I can confirm that the Golf Club meeting on Tuesday March 22 is for Lymington Road businesses only.
it is NOT open to anyone else, including residents. Concerned residents are advised to contact the Residents Association or their councillors.


The Met Office is warning of winds up to 60mph along the coast from this afternoon, and not much less inland.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19986014.met-office-predict-60mph-winds-batter-dorset/?ref=ebmpn


I'm sure many people, especially those in and around Friars Cliff, will be interested in the plan to restrict on street parking, which as we all know often causes chaos, even in Winter.
have your say here:
https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/travelandtransport/projectsconsultationslocaltransportplans/projectsconsultations/
HighwayConsultations/Consultations/p19-2022-friars-cliff-area-parking-restriction-proposals.aspx



Transforming Travel news
BCP - Latest news and updates

See last Wednesday's Q&A with Leader of the Council, Councillor Drew Mellor
BCP - Latest news and updates


"Enough" campaign to fight violence against females. Also, a warning about using non licensed cabs.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

Changes:

March 9, 2022

News:

There's a reminder from HATS about the meeting to discuss the plan to remove 28 parking bays from Lymington Road.
It's on Tuesday, March 22, starting at 5.30pm at Highcliffe Golf Club.
To confirm attendance, please email Mandy Payne at highcliffeactionteamchair@gmail.com




Changes: What's On page updated

March 8, 2022

News:

Needless to say, evil scammers are trying to exploit the situation in Ukraine, and steal from the public trying to help the victims.
This warning comes from Neighbourhood Watch Central Support.

Ukrainian Crisis Warning – We have begun to hear about scams using the Ukrainian Crisis to extort or scam money. Please be mindful of this and check the origins of requests to support the crisis. If you come across scams please report them.
Visit our REPORTING SCAMS webpage for more information.

There's more about this in the Neighbourhood Watch March Newsletter.


Another webinar for you. (This Thursday - March 10.) It's on "What Does Smart Security Mean For My Home?"
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Back to the Ukraine situation. Anyone wanting to donate money can do so via The Red Cross at Nationwide Building Society, Christchurch. Just ask in the branch.
Morrisons in New Milton are collecting at the tills.
Hard goods can be donated at a shop just along from Morrisons, and there's a list in the window of what is required.
Also, Christchurch Baptist Church are accepting donations.
Please let me know if you know of any others.


Transforming Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates



Changes:

March 2, 2022

News:

Are there any organisations in Highcliffe doing anything about the situation in Ukraine? Accepting donations etc,
The nearest I know about is the Baptist Church in Christchurch, and the empty shop donated by Castlepoint.

The Police Commisioner's vision for the future. (Like his predecessor, he doesn't believe in using two words, when two hundred will do.)
Also a survey looking for your views on neighbourhood policing. Plus proactive action on the rise in catalyctic converter thefts.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated

While on the subject of Policing in general, I've heard complaints about trying to contact them with information about a telephone scam.
When, after more than an hour, a person responded, apparently she would not take the offending telephone number, as "it is not my job".
I have no such reservations. Don't have any dealings with calls from 01514 560561. It's a scam relating to Amazon.


Library news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Several subjects, including a couple for you to get involved in. Also a message of sympathy for the people of Ukraine..
BCP - Latest news and updates


Changes:

March 1, 2022

News:

Despite many objections, including from local councillors, Avon beach Co. have been given permission to replace their beach huts with massive versions, which will dramatically reduce the width of the promenade. (They also got retrospective permission for the huts already relpaced.
This of course comes after large amounts of publc money was spent actually widening the prom.
Unsurprisingly, many people are not happy with BCP planners.

On the other hand, they have also given permission to the Beach Hut Cafe to make better use of their raised patio area.
(These changes will NOT impact on access to the prom, or any other public areas.)

While on the subject of Avon Beach/Noisy Lobster, I give you this (without comment).
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19958574.noisy-lobster-unveils-new-site/


Highcliffe Castle has been given a Gold Award by Dorset Tourism for being Wedding Venue Of The Year.
https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/christchurch/highcliffe/


Dorset Police Chief Constable Vows To Be Tough on Crime. I wonder how many times over the decades we have heard that phrase. I even remember Maggie using it.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Enjoy your pancakes.

Changes:

February 26, 2022

News:

COVID cases this week. I can't help but think that the apparent drop in numbers is related to the ending of all restrictions, including the need to test or isolate. My opinion is strengthened by the actual rise in number of people being hospitalised with COVID across the BCP area.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Transforming Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Interesting combination of subjects - gambling fraud and skateboarding.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Now for something that will be of interest to many, but especially residents and business owners in Lymington Road.
One of the proposals put forward by the Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council's "The Future of Your High Street" plan is to remove on-street and layby parking in Highcliffe.

HAT (Highcliffe Action Team) in collaboration with Christchurch Chamber of Trade & Commerce are calling an urgent meeting on Tuesday 22nd March at 5.30pm at Highcliffe Castle Golf Club so that all Highcliffe businesses, traders & property owners can hear Cllrs Nigel Brooks and Bob Hutchins discuss this proposed plan.

Here are the details

To attend, please email either highcliffeactionteamchair@gmail.co.uk or events@christchurchchamber.co.uk


Changes:

February 25, 2022

News:

Council tax increases approved. Plus a wide range of other subjects.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Parks and Open Spaces news.
BCP - Latest news and updates


A look at the Highway Code changes, including two free webinars in March to get involved with. (ZOOM not required!)
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


The old Hegistbury Noddy trains are being auctioned off today. Lots of old photos.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19951499.hengistbury-head-noddy-trains-sold-off-today/?ref=ebbn

Changes:

February 19, 2022

News:

Latest COVID news.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Waste and recycling news, mostly about collection changes.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Lots of pictures and news of storm damage. Accross in Hampshire it was just as bad.
It seems quite settled this morning, but there is still an Amber warning in place.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19935364.pictures-storm-eunice-causes-disruption-across-dorset/?ref=ebln


A complete change of subject now. Some news from www.fortheloveofartclasses.co.uk about the popular art classes for both adults and children.
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Adult art classes in Highcliffe
There are a few spaces available in our weekday art classes for adult beginners - these take place in The Old School on Wednesdays between 2-3pm and Thursdays from 11am-12noon. All materials are provided and classes are taught right from the basics, so no prior experience is necessary.

Children's art courses in Highcliffe
There are a few spaces in our children's art courses. The next 6 week course is starting after February half term. These run each week for 6 consecutive weeks and each class is 55 minutes long. These classes are experimental and involve a wide range of media for fun and experimental classes. They run on Wednesdays at The Old School from 5-6pm and on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm and are aimed at children aged 8-12, but this is a little flexible.

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Changes:

February 18, 2022

News:

BCP Council has prepared for Storm Eunice, which is looking like a bad one. Here is their latest statement of advice and information. I strongly suggest everyone reads it, and takes note of the emergency links.
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BCP Council ready to respond to Storm Eunice

Residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being urged to stay safe and travel only if essential on Friday 18 February as Storm Eunice approaches.

BCP Council teams are ready to respond to any issues that may affect the area as a result of the storm.

Very strong winds are forecast for much of Friday with gusts potentially up to 70mph that could cause travel disruption on trains, roads and ferries and the potential for other disruption including fallen trees, flying debris, the risk of damage to property and flooding.

On the coast, tidal surges will increase the water levels and overtopping of sea defences is possible. We are urging people to take extreme care near coastal areas and to keep away from shoreline roads and paths, piers and promenades due to the likelihood of large waves.

As a result of this potential disruption, there are a number changes to BCP Council services tomorrow (Friday 18 February) which are listed below:

* Our refuse, recycling and cleansing collections are all suspended so please don’t put your bin out at the kerbside as it won’t be collected. Collections will resume next week as normal.

* All our Recycling Centres will be closed.

* Please stay away from the coastline for your safety.

* Schools have been advised to close. Parents are being advised to check on school websites and also for arrangements for any key workers information. Some schools may not make a decision on their school closure until Friday morning when they know staff arrangements.

* The Twin Sails and Poole Bridge will operate on a revised lifting schedule subject to increasing wind speeds.

* Tricuro will be closing their day services

* Seafront toilets will be closed apart from Sandbanks, Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Overstrand toilets which will be open between 9am and 4pm 

* The Tourist Information Centre and Smugglers Cove Golf on Pier Approach will be closed although the phone lines will remain open  

* Our piers will remain closed  

* Boscombe Car Park will remain closed 

* The local Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been activated.


Power cuts are likely and so residents should try to make sure their phones and other electronic devices are fully charged and they have access to torches.

Our Highway teams are on standby to deal with whatever the weather brings, whether there's a need to remove fallen trees, or close roads until hazards can be safely dealt with.

Chris Saunders, Director of Destination and Culture and involved in Incident Command, said: “We are ready to respond to the potential impact of Storm Eunice over the next 24 hours.

“Our teams have been in this position many times before and are fully prepared.

“But we would urge all residents to try to remain safe, travel only if essential and please stay away from the coast.”


Please use the links below if you do need to report any storm-related incidents:


BCP Council's Report It: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/reportit
Fallen Trees blocking main roads: https://bit.ly/3sGIVhO

· Flooding: https://bit.ly/3GWqElV

· Power cut: https://www.powercut105.com/ 

· Our tree supervisors will be on duty overnight providing 24-hour cover

· SWEP has been activated please report any rough sleepers by ringing 01202 315962 or email B&Pstreetoutreach@mungos.org.


Follow BCP Council updates about Storm Eunice on Twitter.

You can keep up to date with the latest advice and weather warnings from the Met Office.
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February 17, 2022

News:

Just in case anyone has missed it, the arrival of Storm Eunice tomorrow has now generated a Red Alert warning, with winds now expected to be up to 90mph.
There are warnings from Police, power companies, Christchurch flood alert team, and numerous other bodies.
Here's one of them.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19929971.electricity-company-moves-red-alert-ahead-storm-eunice/?ref=ebln


Christchurch Police have been out and about on the lookout for related problems.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Waste and Recycling news, including a reminder that garden waste collections have restarted.
BCP - Latest news and updates

A range of items in this one, including one about free wi-fi in Boscombe. Wow!
BCP - Latest news and updates


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February 12, 2022

News:

Latest COVID cases. Support for anyone with a child having to self isolate. Advice for anyone planning overseas travel.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Apparently, Dorset is number 40 out of 41 Police forces when it comes to government funding. Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick is determined to see that change.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


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February 10, 2022

News:

Library news. Includes news about an online event next Tuesday involving Gillian Anderson (Dana Tully in X-Files & Margaret Thatcher in The Crown) and novelist and RSL Fellow Andrew O’Hagan.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Sustainable Travel news. There's a couple of "Have Your Say" surveys in this one.
BCP - Latest news and updates


Dorset Police are looking for a particularly nasty piece of work. He's from Weymouth, but they have no idea where he is at present.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


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February 8, 2022

News:

The February Neighbourhood Watch newsletter is now available. Some interesting stuff in this one, including the results of the community survey that took place a while ago. It's also easy to get involved with Neighbourhood Watch by using the links provided.

February Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter


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February 7, 2022

News:

Yesterday's early rain cleared, and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee plaque unveiling took place in front of a good crowd in the dry and (almost) sunshine.
It was a simple but pleasant event, but included more bling than you could shake a stick at. There were chains of office everywhere, and the BCP Council Mace Bearer was also in attendance.
The HM Lord Lieutenant of Dorset (Angus Campbell Esq) conducted the ceremony.

(It was nice to see that some of the trees are already showing blossom.)

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February 6, 2022

News:

As previously reported, BCP planners recently approved two completely outrageous blocks of flats at 26 Chewton Farm Road and 2 Avenue Road, Walkford, despite many objections, including from local councillors.
Councillor Nigel Brooks is continuing to work to mitigate the worst of the effects on local residents.
Below are his statement of objection to the development at 26 Chewton Farm Road, and his current comments.
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FINAL - BCP Council Planning Committee – Thursday 20th January 2022

Planning Application - 22 Chewton Farm Road, Walkford

As your Ward Councillor I strongly objected on behalf of residents to the demolition of this single house and its replacement with a block of 14 flats. Having ‘called in’ the Application I and two residents made representations to the Planning Committee; my representation is attached, but regretfully it was approved.

I am now working with residents and BCP Council Highways and Planning Officers to ensure, as far as possible, that the developers Construction Management Plan effectively manages the construction phase, particularly as the flats will have a deep basement for car parking requiring significant excavation. This is the same situation at no:20, where planning consent was also granted.

As regards a recent Application to replace a modern house and bungalow at 26 Chewton Farm Road and 2 Avenue Road, Walkford with two blocks of terrace properties I have again submitted a strong objection and I am working in support of residents in the immediate area.
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February 5, 2022

News:

Latest COVID figures - still rising. Also changes to travel requirements from February 11.
BCP - Latest news and updates

G&Ts finally being demolished after four years of sitting empty.
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19897989.demolition-work-begins-former-g-t-store-highcliffe/?ref=ebmpn

Council tax rises across the BCP area. (News not from BCP though.)
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19884069.council-tax-much-bill-will-increase-bcp/?ref=ebln

All about staying safe online. Includes a survey. You can also register for a webinar about children and online gaming.Neighbourhood Alert page updated


Don't forget tomorrow (Sunday) morning at the Castle at 11am, where the Queen's Platinum Jubilee tree planting ceremony (and plaque unveiling) will take place. The event will be attended by the HM Lord Lieutenant of Dorset (Angus Campbell Esq).
Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

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February 3, 2022

News:

BCP's Household Support Fund is still available.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Transforming Travel news.
BCP - Latest news and updates

Wide range of subjects in this one.
BCP - Latest news and updates

A successful cross border operation.
Neighbourhood Alert page updated


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February 1, 2022

News:

Despite objections from residents, and from Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Councl, that the plan to knock down the family home at 22 Chewton Farm Road, and build a block of 14 flats was completely out of character with the area, BCP officers have approved the plan.
They already overruled local objections to the same developer doing exactly the same thing to the bungalow next door at the corner of Avenue Road.
See News on January 16 for the application.


It's very sad that there are again a few brain dead morons in our midst. At the weekend, one of the tables on the beach at the Beach Hut Cafe was damaged by arson, using cardboard from the bins to ignite the fire.
I use the term brain dead advisedly, as the tables are constructed of recycled plastic, not wood, so not exactly good bonfire material. They are also extremely heavy, so we are not talking about just one miscreant, but probably several.
These people are just too wierd. Heaven knows what they thought the object was.


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