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Community Matters - February 2022

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AGM 30th March
Christchurch Carnival and pancake race
CTC Neighbourhood Plan
Lift someone out of loneliness
Planning and Development
BCP Council - Winter support
Helping out in your community
Home to school transport
BCP Local Plan
BCP Waste and Recycling
Your local councillors
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Date for your diary - Our AGM will be held on the 30th March in the Hall on the Hill, Marlow Drive BH23 2RR at 7pm

David Sidwick, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset and the following councillors will be present for a question and answer session 
Margaret Phipps -  Ward councillor for Christchurch in BCP 
Sue Bungey - CTC and Mayor of Christchurch
Sue Fotheringham - CTC 
Carol Gardiner - CTC
Viv Charrett - CTC
Sue Spittle - CTC


Christchurch Carnival 2022

The Carnival will return, bigger and better, we hope, this year after the last two years of Covid difficulties. In 2020 we could not hold it at all, and in 2021, given permission at the last minute, managed to run the main events, but not the Parade, due to Social Distancing issues.
So, this year the dates are 13/14th August. The main events will be much as usual, lots of stalls, food and drink, events, live music, funfair, the ever-popular dog show, and fireworks on the Quay on Saturday night. However, this year we want to reinstate the Parade through the town centre on Sunday afternoon, as people missed it last year with many comments on Facebook about this.
In previous years we have had some difficulty in getting enough people to join in the Parade.  We have some good ideas for this year, but no commitments yet. We are looking for ideas from groups, individuals, sports clubs or any group which will make the parade exciting, colourful and fun!   
We are also always looking for volunteers to help with the organisation as the Parade does require more on-the-ground help.
And finally, as if I haven’t asked for enough, we really need some more sponsorship from local businesses. I completely realise how bad the last couple of years have been in trading terms for many businesses but hope there might be some who have weathered the Covid storm rather better than others and would love to be involved in helping the Carnival, and we can promise some good PR in exchange as well!
If anyone would like to discuss any of these possibilities more, you can get me on
Thanks a lot! Viv Charrett (Carnival Chair)


The Christchurch Pancake Race is back! 




If you live, work in or visit the town, you may be interested in how the town may change in the future. A Neighbourhood Plan, written by local people, can influence the plans and decisions made about those changes.

We want everyone who is interested, to get involved, so that our plan genuinely reflects the planning matters that local people say are the most important.

CTC Website





Lift someone out of loneliness

Feeling lonely is something that all of us can experience at any point and it can have a huge impact on our wellbeing. The pandemic has been an unsettling time for everyone, and it’s important to remember that many people may still feel disconnected. Sometimes it can feel easier to help someone else who may be feeling lonely.

Find out how you can lift someone out of loneliness


Planning and Development   

CONTENTIOUS plans to build more than 50 new homes at the junction of the Grove and Barrack road have been narrowly turned down.
See the full Echo article here

Application for Flats and Houses on Corner of The Grove – Refused
This application by Richard Carr came before the BCP Planning Committee recently.  There were 275 objections and it was recommended by Officers for refusal.  It was refused – but only just – by 8 votes to 6.  Six Bournemouth and Poole Members including the Committee Chairman, voted to grant the application.  BCP Cllr. Margaret Phipps challenged the Chairman of Planning with a question at Full Council, as to why nearly half of the Committee Members had gone against the officer recommendation to refuse the application because they “liked” the development, when it was contrary to so many policies.  He replied that policies were open to interpretation.  Cllr. Phipps said she thought that what had happened did not give the public confidence in the Committee.  The full question and answer are noted in the Minutes of January’s BCP Council meeting.
Refusal notice and Minutes of planning meeting

Hurn Way care home

An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of planning permission in June 2021.
The appeal reference is  APP/V1260/W/21/3280644 
Appeals can be viewed on the Appeals Casework Portal 
Those who objected against the proposal will have received notification of the planning appeal and your initial objections will be passed onto the inspector who will be assessing the appeal. However fresh objections are always useful even if you only send in your previous objections as they reinforce the strength of feeling. We have until 15th February to submit any objections, so please send your views asap.. (Courtesy of Hurn Way residents)

PLANS for a 69-bedroom care home in Christchurch were turned down after the director of adult social care for BCP Council objected to it along with more than 200 residents.
Christchurch Town Council had also objected to the proposed scheme due to its “scale, bulk, mass and height, which renders the development inappropriate in design and character”.
Another opponent was Natural England, which claimed the development, with its proximity to the SSSI at St Catherine’s Hill, would have an “adverse” affect on the area. The Jumpers and St Catherine’s Hill Residents Association agreed.


Land on St Catherine's Hill

This land adjacent to Whitby close is listed again for auction on Rightmove.
It was previously sold at auction in October 2021 for £34,500. It is part of the 8.5 acres of verges and 'ransom' strips auctioned off for potential development in December 2019.
None of these plots that have been sold can be developed due to restrictions and covenants but the auctioneers are continuing to list them.


Winter Support

Support with affording food and keeping warm this winter is still available under our Household Support Fund. 

If you are in financial crisis, we encourage you to reach out to BCP Council and its partners for help as soon as possible.

Find out more

Support with affording food

If you are struggling to afford food this winter, community food providers can help you and your family to access essential supplies.

There are food banks, community fridges and pantries across the BCP area so there is likely to be help close to you.

Our Access to Food map is a handy guide to community food banks, fridges and pantries in your area. You can find out details on referral processes and donation requests for each provider, as well as contact details.

If you are in need, we urge you to reach out to the services in place to help you. They will be able to provide guidance and crucial support without judgement or prejudice.  

Support with energy bills

Citizens Advice BCP's 'Let's Talk Money' and 'Winter Warmth Support' initiatives are providing key services around energy bills and financial guidance.

The assistance available includes free advice on energy bills, discretionary grants and other utilities support.

So far, £56,988 has been awarded by Citizens Advice BCP in grants to 310 households to help with winter warmth.

If you are in need of support, we recommend applying as soon as possible, as there can be a wait time before you receive a response.

Find out more

Helping out in your community

There is a range of ways for you to help vulnerable people in your community by supporting valuable local services.

If you want to donate your time or food supplies this winter, our partners would welcome your contribution.

Find out more

Home to School Transport 

We’re urging those who use home to school transport currently or may use the service in the future to have their say on the new Home to School Transport policy.

Our consultation closes on the 18 February so make sure to have your say in our survey.

Find out more

BCP Local Plan

BCP has put out a consultation of Issues and Options which is the first stage in producing a BCP wide local plan. The consultation runs from 10th January to 7th March 2022.

Your Ward Councillors have produced this document  for JSCHRA highlighting issues which might affect Commons Ward.


Beat the queues with the BCP Tip Check app!

If you need to visit your local Recycling Centre but want to avoid queueing, you can now check how busy your local recycling centre is before leaving home with our newly developed BCP Tip Check app.

The app includes live information about current queues as well as useful information including opening hours and the services available at each site.

Find out more




Your local Councillors

Christchurch Town Council

Councillors | Christchurch Town Council (

BCP Council Commons ward -

Councillor Vanessa Ricketts

Councillor Margaret Phipps




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