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Community Matters - December 2022

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Season's Greetings
Santa's Visit to the Fairmile
Christmas Lights Competition
Residents' Association Christmas Event
Christmas Lights Competition
Christchurch Living Advent Calendar
Christchurch Town Council Neighbourhood Plan Online Consultation
Proposed Digital Advertising Board on Hurn Road
BCP Council Update

Links and Contacts
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Season's Greetings

The committee would like to wish all the residents of Jumpers and St. Catherine’s a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
We hope you all stay well and get the opportunity to spend some much needed time enjoying the festive season in whatever way you do.

Santa's Visit to the Fairmile

Christchurch Round Table will be bringing Santa Claus to the Fairmile area on Tuesday 20th December. His tour will begin around 18:15 & follow the route below ...

Christmas Lights Competition

Residents' Association Christmas Event

Christchurch Living Advent Calendar

The Christchurch Living Advent Calendar, a series of daily free entertainment events throughout Advent is now underway & proving popular. More details can be found on the Christchurch Living Advent Calendar, website.


Christchurch Town Council Neighbourhood Plan Online Consultation

Christchurch Town Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group are currently inviting residents and businesses associated with the town to share their views on the future of Christchurch through an online survey. As a result of feedback from residents to allow more time for this feedback, we are pleased to extend the time period until Friday 30th December. If you have not already done so and would like to have your say on the future of Christchurch, then you can access the online surveys through the links below:


Town Centre Survey

Local Heritage Survey

Getting About Survey

Open and Green Spaces Survey

Christchurch Design Code Survey


Proposed Digital Advertising Board on Hurn Road

After numerous objections from local residents, the planning application (8/22/0784/ADV) for the proposed Digital Advertising Board on the corner of Hurn Road & Hillside Drive has been refused by the BCP Tree and Landscape Officer. However, as with any application, there is always the possibility that the applicant may raise an appeal.




Well, it’s nearly the end of 2022 – there goes another year!  We have both done our best to keep you up to date with what has been happening both at BCP and locally, by writing articles for this Resident Association Newsletter throughout the year.  Our thanks go to the committee and those who produce it.
Since our last update in November, the application to Government for a £20m financial bail-out for the Council has been approved, but it comes with strings attached.  The Government is to carry out an “assurance review” of the Council.  This will be a review of BCP’s governance and financial arrangements.  We are unsure of the timescale, however, it will be made public once completed.
Following on from the Beach Hut Sale fiasco which we reported on in the September newsletter.  Because the Government said that the Council can’t now sell off their beach huts, they have decided to do a BCP wide review of beach hut fees.  A report comes to Cabinet on 14th December and is available on the BCP website within the agenda pack -
As Ward Cllrs. we have had several residents contact us to say how unfair the increase is to those with Christchurch huts.  In order to “harmonise” fees across BCP (we all remember that word when previously applied to Council tax!), it is proposed that rents in Christchurch are increased by 26% next year while some in Poole face only a 10% rise.  The BCP comment is that “A baseline increase has been applied of 5 to 10 per cent per annum however, in many cases percentage increases are higher due to harmonisation or value assessment.”  
What is proposed is very unfair for Christchurch, and we will be supporting our residents at the Cabinet meeting to try to change the recommendation and make this process a lot more equitable.
We are both always available to assist you with Ward and BCP matters if we can, and our contact details are below.
We wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

To contact us on Ward or BCP issues:

Cllr. Margaret Phipps – - Tel: 01202 478266

Cllr. Vanessa Ricketts – – Tel: 07760 391467

Links and Contact Details

Planning Applications

You can find the Planning Applications and Decisions for the Christchurch area of BCP on our website which will be updated weekly.

Appeals can be viewed on the Appeals Casework Portal


Christchurch Town Council

Councillors | Christchurch Town Council (

BCP Council Commons ward -

Councillor Vanessa Ricketts

Councillor Margaret Phipps

FSCH - Friends of St. Catherine's Hill
Website and Programme of Events

HOTH - Hall on the Hill
Website and Upcoming Events

West Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team

PCSO for Christchurch West - Anna Lillywhite

JSCHRA committee members


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