Month: April 2019

PARKSTONE BAY ASSOCIATION –COMMITTEE MEETING

 To be held at Parkstone Yacht Club -17-04-2019 @19:15 Agenda:

1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Minutes of previous meeting

4. Matters arising

5. Distribution of newsletters-to avoid duplication

6. Flyers relating to local elections

7. Local Forum-following local elections

8. Dorset Great Beach Clean-27/28 April

9. Website

10. Finance- consideration of best usage of funds

11. Committee size

12. Poole Regeneration-road layout Kingland Road

New To You-

 If you attended the AGM you may recall Louis Sherman from the council who gave a presentation re volunteering activities and how the council could help or you could assist on Saturday mornings. Louis has been in touch again and has sent additional information. 

If you are interested, you can read information at newtoyou@poole.gov.uk

Whitecliff Pavilion

Whitecliff Pavilion-PBA received the following: ‘Whitecliff Sports Foundation was set up in response to Poole Borough Council’s intention to tender and a charity has been established by a number of local invested trustees with following Objectives- (i) To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life(ii) The promotion of community participation in healthy recreation in particular for the benefit of the inhabitants of Poole, Dorset and the surrounding area by the provision of facilities for playing, but not limited to, football, cricket, athletics and cycling. We aim to partner with a local community minded commercial retailer/operator to achieve a sustainable and valued outlet that enables us to achieve our charitable objectives for the wider community. We wait for the tender document and detail to be announced by Poole Borough Council at which point we look forward to liaising with PBA committee over our plans.’ However, we will require of the commercial partner before committing support.

Committee Meetings

Committee Meetings- or the first time in many years I had to miss the last committee meeting due to ‘man-flu.’ However, I wasn’t missed as the meeting continued smoothly. I’d like to claim it’s due to effective distributed leadership…but I’d be clutching at straws. I think it would be a good idea to ensure all committee meetings are open, transparent and invite anyone to attend as per council meetings. The next committee meeting will be held on 17 April- Parkstone Yacht Club -19.15 and you’re welcome to attend. However, it would be helpful if you could confirm attendance as accommodation availability for numbers is important. In that case, if you intend to join us, please let us know. I’ll ensure the agenda is available on our website at www.parkstonebay.org. Thank you

Heart of Poole

Heart of Poole- I’ve been closely following latest developments in respect of plans to reorganise the centre of Poole. I’ve studied maps, read reports and have written to the strategic leader of Poole council and Mr McLaughlin (Service Unit Head-Growth and Infrastructure). You may be aware there are proposals to permanently close to traffic along Kingland Road from the George Roundabout to Mount Pleasant Road. This will result in very positive gains for pedestrians but has raised concerns re traffic movement through the centre of Poole. To access the A35 would mean having to travel via Mount Pleasant roundabout to the George roundabout. It’s not so much the distance as the back-up of traffic trying to access the George roundabout from a single direction. If this goes ahead, there would have to be major reconfigurations of Mount Pleasant roundabout, as well as other junctions i.e. George roundabout, High St North/ Elizabeth Road junction and Seldown roundabout as well as additional routes into the town centre. It is a massive project. I strongly believe that whatever outcome is reached it should be through proper and in-depth consultations with ALL residents as it will significantly impact on all of us for the short and potentially long-term future. You can contact Mr McLaughlin for further details at Julian.McLaughlin@poole.gov.uk…but PLEASE try and ensure whatever is decided is as a consequence of full public consultation PRIOR to any final decisions

Reorganisation of Councils

Reorganisation of Councils- I’m certain you know that the councils of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch will soon merge to form a polyglot. I personally don’t have strong views and welcome opportunities to share expertise, rather than duplicate services…as long as it works. My concern is that we have been very active in holding Poole council to account for many years, but worry how our voice will be heard with expansion of the council. Who, for example in Purewell, Christchurch will be even remotely interested in the ‘goings-on’ in Whitecliff or Baiter? Thinking of this, not all Poole councillors have been interested either! Nevertheless, it is more important than ever we stand as a strong association so we can be and will be heard when occasions demand that this should be so.

Local Elections

Local Elections- As you know local council elections are almost upon us- 02 May. I’ve contacted Poole council to establish an approximate number of candidates so far-it appears that there is likely to be a considerable number of potential councillor applications for our areas of Parkstone (Whitecliff) and Poole Town (Baiter). If you recall, last election we asked three questions of each candidate and sent their responses to you (separate ‘flyer’ issues for Whitecliff and Baiter, naturally) before polling day and we had very positive feedback from residents of both areas. We propose to do the same again but with one difference –we’d like to summarise the questions based upon what YOU’D like to know about local issues. Please forward questions to either me (Mike Randall) or any committee member but they must be with us by 09 April for consideration. Doing it this way removes potential political ‘propaganda’ from universal election leaflets and makes candidates responsive to what we feel is important-after all, we’re electing these people. Please let us know questions asap