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Your Residents Association Newsletter

Community Matters - May 2022

We are run by a committee of volunteers and a team of helpers who give their time free of charge in an effort to protect the environment that we all enjoy whilst living in this beautiful area
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

This right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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Jubilee Coffee Morning
Shake and Stir
Heath fires
Vote of no confidence
Future places
Hurn Lagoon
Hurn way care home
SYCC funding
Beacon lighting
New Mayor for Christchurch
Stour river benches
Park Yoga
Neighbourhood policing

Your local councillors
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Committee Members are still needed

If you or someone you know (with their permission) would like to become a Committee member please contact by email or by post to Jumpers and St Catherine's Hill Residents Association at 83 Hillside Drive, Christchurch, BH23 2SZ.

We are in need of a Treasurer and future Chairperson. We would also welcome any general committee members who would like to become involved in the association.

Subscription Renewal 2022/2023

Your £1 subscription is due for payment once a year from April. 

To pay by inter-bank transfer send your contribution to account:
Jumpers & St Catherine's Hill Residents Association,
account number 92732106,
sort code 40-13-07

Don't forget to use your address as a reference and select the Business Account option

To pay by post or hand deliver send your contribution together with a note of your address to Jumpers and St Catherine's Hill Residents Association at 83 Hillside Drive, Christchurch, BH23 2SZ


A Coffee Morning has been organised by JSCHRA to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and will be held in the Hall on the Hill, Marlow Drive on Saturday 4th June between 10am and 12pm.  
Donations for the coffee (or tea) and cake will be given to Girl Guiding Twynham division.



Now's  the time to get booked into Christchurch u3a . You can find out more every Monday 10 to 12 at the Epicentre next to Druitt Hall . Or online
Or you could come along to 'Shake and Stir' vintage festival at Fisherman's Walk in Southbourne on Saturday 25th  June or Sunday 26th June 11 to 5. Anyone joining there will be invited to Druitt Hall for free coffee/ tea/ biscuits on the following Wednesday 29th 10 to 12 and the chance to meet a few people. You could join up then too ! 
New this year are gift cards for membership . You can buy a term , two terms or a year's membership for somebody or they could buy it for you! Available at Epicentre or online .  

Monthly Meeting Speaker: Rosemary LeGrand "Spring in Japan" - 13 Jun 2022
Rosemary shares with us her experiences in travelling around Japan, to be enthralled by the exquisite gardens and fascinating culture.

Christchurch Baptist Church, Bargates - U3A members free, small charge for non members.


BCP response to the Canford Heath fire

Everyone at BCP Council was truly devastated over the fire that destroyed 16.7 hectares of Canford Heath. The timing of the incident is incredibly upsetting due to our nesting birds and other species that were using the heathland to welcome new life into the world. There have now been a further two fire on Canford Heath.

We’d like to thank our partners, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Dorset Police, the eight BCP Council colleagues that attended and of course any volunteers that helped sweep the area following the fire. 
Read the full statement here

Fire ladders on St Catherine's Hill -

As we approach the summer months it's important to recognize our responsibility to protect wildlife and human lives. 
 The construction of "Dens" around the trunk of a tree increases the risk to the "canopy" of  the trees if ignited on St Catherine's Hill. The "Den" acts as a fire ladder. These "Dens" are being constructed by Scouts/Beaver groups and other persons on a regular basis in close proximity of the residential properties on St Catherine's Hill. There is evidence of "camp fires" being lit in these Dens with no guarantee that the embers would not re ignite at a later point when unattended. 
Any persons who enjoy walking St Catherine's Hill, please consider reporting any "Dens" they observe to be constructed to BCP countryside officers via the following link
Robin Harley or James Palmer BCP Countryside Officers (Conservation),
Community & Open spaces.



Planning and Development

Planning Applications can be viewed here

Appeals can be viewed on the Appeals Casework Portal 



Blyth Close fence, St Catherine's Hill


Enclose land by erection of fence to be used as private residential garden. 

Appeal Ref: APP/V1260/W/21/3289385 - The appeal was dismissed and work has begun to remove the fence.



Click here to read as a PDF

News from your BCP Ward Cllrs. Margaret Phipps and Vanessa Ricketts


Barrack Road Flats Schemes

At the time of writing we have 3 planning applications for flats along a 400m stretch of Barrack Road: The first, which has come back to us due to a review of the flooding risk, is at the site of the Dragon Palace for 3 blocks of flats totalling 38 units; the second is a revised application for the Grove road roundabout site, which is now a resubmitted proposal for 35 flats and 4 houses; and the third is an application for the Barrack Road Hand Car Wash site on the corner of Beaulieu Road for 34 flats. A total of 111 new dwellings. Combined, all 3 sites will only offer 35 parking spaces. This piecemeal overdevelopment of one of the busiest roads in the conurbation (30,000 vehicle movements a day) causes us great concern and not just for the increase in traffic. The BCP Parking Standards SPD has been adhered to in each submission, but we consider this document to be aspirational, when in reality it is most likely that the majority of dwellings will require parking and this will push even more cars onto the already busy side roads along Barrack Road. None of these applications provide any affordable housing provision and they are all within 5km of a protected European wildlife site (St Catherine’s Hill) and there is a very real cumulative impact on this caused by excessive residential development. For these reasons we will be objecting to these applications.


Vote Of No Confidence in BCP Leadership

At Council on 10th May Councillor Lesley Dedman, of the Christchurch Independents, tabled a motion of no confidence in the current Leader of BCP, Councillor Drew Mellor. The motion cited the poor reputation of the Council, including articles in Local and National press (Daily Mail, Private Eye and the Metro amongst others) regarding accusations of corruption, cronyism and poor performance of the Council. The budget was also called into question due to the selling off of beach huts to facilitate a loan back to the Council to fund the revenue budget – a proposal that has yet to be given government approval. The motion was supported by all opposition groups with many Councillors speaking for the motion of no confidence. However, on the night, the Administration had the majority in the chamber and the motion was defeated.


Future Places

In a previous newsletter, we told you that BCP Council had set up a Company, which it owns, called Future Places to apparently accelerate development and regeneration across the new BCP Council area. Future Places is funded directly from the BCP budget, which is of course paid for by residents’ council tax. They have already been given a total of over £11 million of BCP funds as a working capital loan. Controversially, their Managing Director and two other directors are being paid between £100K and £150K per annum each, and two more company directors are the Leader and Deputy Leader of BCP Council. We have expressed concern that this is a huge gamble with taxpayer’s money and asked how the load will be repaid. This new company will be responsible for bringing forward development across BCP, and initially they have 15 sites earmarked, mostly for residential, one of which is the Christchurch Civic Offices site. The governance of this company was discussed and questions asked, at the BCP Audit and Governance meeting in March, where Margaret is a member of the committee. The recording is available on the BCP website.


Bounce Back Grant for proposed Hurn Lagoon/Water Park

We have been continually asking why a Covid Bounce Back grant of £70,000 was given to the Developers of the proposed Hurn Lagoon. The Lagoon does not exist and therefore was not affected by Covid. As far as we are concerned this is a speculative proposal on green belt land which was not deserving of taxpayers’ money.

Originally the grant application was rejected by the Dorset Growth Hub which assessed applications for the Council, as not meeting the criteria for delivering the project by 31st March 2022. However, BCP Council changed the score to make it eligible for a grant, and Deputy Leader Cllr. Broadhead, when asked, told everyone both at BCP Full Council and at a public Hurn Parish Council meeting, that this was because the developer could deliver a planning application by the due date, rather than the whole project.

Earlier this year we found out that this was not the case, and the £70,000 was actually given for the developer to engage a planning consultant to produce some reports to work towards a planning application. Therefore, all that had to be delivered by 31st March is a few reports and not an application. We consider that this was a waste of Covid grant money, which could have been much better used by companies which were in genuine need of Bounce Back funding, instead of going to a planning consultant to promote this wholly speculative proposal.


Hurn Way Care Home Application

The only update we have on this at the moment, is that following refusal, the applicant has appealed that decision. The Planning Inspectorate No. is APP/V1260/W/21/3280644 (Land at 74 Hurn Way and to the rear of nos.66-72 and 76 Hurn Way, BH23 2PD). It can be viewed on the Inspectorate website. All those who originally commented on the application will be contacted directly by the Inspectorate to ask if they wish to make further comment.


If you wish to contact us about any issues:

Cllr. Margaret Phipps – - Tel: 01202 478266

Cllr. Vanessa Ricketts – – Tel: 07760 391467



Christchurch Town Council recently stepped-in at the last minute and awarded £18k to Somerford Youth and Community Centre. This meant it could run its Easter holiday activities and food provision for those children on free school meals or from under-privileged backgrounds. Despite facing a massive funding shortfall and alongside the £4,400 granted by BCP Council, the Easter programme ran successfully.


The Beacon ????has been installed at Mudeford Quay ready for the celebrations on Thursday 2nd June

Big Big Thanks to REIDsteel who manufactured the Beacon
FREE of Charge

Further dates and events for your diary!  



Congratulations to Cllr Avril Coulton upon being installed as Christchurch's new Mayor. The Mayoralty dates back to 1297. Her Worship the Mayor's chosen charity this Civic Year is Macmillan: Caring Locally. We wish Her Worship every success in the role.
Christchurch’s mayor, Independent Cllr Avril Coulton, has chosen to support the Macmillan Unit hospice charity during her term of office.

The Macmillan Unit, in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, provides palliative care and support for over 1600 people and their families every year.

Cllr Coulton said she chose to take Macmillan Caring Locally charity which supports the unit as her charity of the year after seeing its work first-hand.

She said: “I’m immensely proud to be a volunteer at the Macmillan Unit. I help with the admin and generally wherever I am needed.

“I feel very lucky to be able to see first-hand the work of its doctors, nurses, staff, supporters and community teams.



New Benches along the Stour

Working together Jumpers and St Catherine Hill Town Councillors Carol Gardiner, Sue Fotheringham, Sue Spittle, Vivienne Charrett and Dr Robert Luscombe. The Councillors were surveying the banks of the River Stour for possible places where new benches could be placed for relaxation during a walk along the river bank.


Memorial bench on St Catherine’s Hill – It is proposed to have a Memorial bench on St Catherine’s Hill in memory of the past committee members and volunteers of West Christchurch Resident Association. If you would like to contribute to the bench please contact us.


Park Yoga at The Quomps in Christchurch

9.30am Sundays (weather permitted until 11. September).
The Quomps, Christchurch.
Yoga is a great way to relax, free your mind, improve flexibility and build strength – and what better way to do this than out in the open in one of our beautiful parks? Put on your comfy clothes and pick up your exercise mat because FREE Park Yoga is back! No need to book.



PCSO for Christchurch West - Anna Lillywhite

On 23rd May I met staff from Forestry England to conduct patrols across St Catherine's Hill. The aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour leading up to the summer. From 1st July there will be a public space protection order in place at Ramsdown in Hurn. The purpose of this is to reduce anti-social behaviour and fires being lit. Our aim is to work together to tackle these issues.

I have a street corner meeting on the 4th June at 2pm at Marlow Drive near the shops and 8th June at 2pm same location.


Your local Councillors

Christchurch Town Council

Councillors | Christchurch Town Council (

BCP Council Commons ward -

Councillor Vanessa Ricketts

Councillor Margaret Phipps




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