Month: April 2018

Improvements at Whitecliff and Baiter Park.

Poole Borough Council has a tranche of monies available to implement developments and have decided to spend the amount to implement improvements at Whitecliff and Baiter Park. I have met with the senior officer on several occasions and she has attended a committee meeting of Parkstone Bay Association.

In essence, eleven developments are being suggested. These include:

  1. To undertake repair work on the sluice channel from Poole ark into Poole Harbour. This is largely due to corrosion in the sheet piling with holes in the channel wall. The ground collapses into the channel creating holes in the park land
  2. Dual path use – This is the area of ‘grass’ connecting Whitecliff and Baiter Park. The aim is to widen the path along the harbour edge to that walkers and cyclists, as well as dog walkers can have more space and avoid ‘conflict’
  3. Whitecliff play area- There is no path connecting the play area to the park. The ground access is often muddy. Create a new footpath linking to the existing footpath
  4. Cycling- At Turks Lane the cycleway ends at the road. Extend the dual path to run alongside Turks Lane
  5. Biodiversity- Wild flower/grass meadows need refreshing. Improve and rejuvenate part/whole of wild flower area
  6. Fencing- Wooden fencing along the banks of Whitecliff Road are rotting. Remove any unnecessary fencing. Replace where required
  7. Play and fitness equipment and surfaces. Some items have had their ‘sell-by-date.’ Consider how best to replace worn-out equipment
  8. Signage- Inconsistent and unhelpful as well as in poor condition. Redesign all signage and link with surrounding areas of interest and celebrate the site’s history
  9. Planting trees- Review existing stock. Plant new to provide long-term planting stock
  10. Events area at Baiter Park- poor drainage causing issues during events. Events closer to residential areas potentially causing disturbance complaints. Consider ‘in-fill’ to restore condition of ground behind Harbourside 2 car park
  11. Skate park- coming to end of its life and needs renewing. Requires external funding

These are just some of the ideas BUT Poole Council would also like YOUR ideas too. In order to gain your thought, you are invited to a series of meetings that will take place in the area of Whitecliff and Baiter Park:

Date and Time                    Main Target Audience                     Location

Sat 28 April 10:00-13:00       Families and children                      Near Baiter slipway

Wed 09 May 08:00-11:00      Dog walkers/ commuters                 Near entrance from Quay

Thurs 17 May 16:00-20:00    Dog walkers/ commuters                 Near Turks Lane

Tues 29 May 13:00-18:00     Families and children                      Near Whitecliff play area

Please come along and listen to the proposals BUT more important, please give your views and suggestions. I already have offered other thoughts to the council

Thank you- Mike Randall (Chair Parkstone Bay Association)

Civic Centre

That ‘iconic’ place is in the process of considering expenditure of £153 000 to improve the entrance accommodation to include disabled toilets, facilities to avoid queuing etc. However, in Poole’s strategy plan we understand the Civic Centre may be disposed of c2020…so what’s the point in additional expenditure? There’s 3 disabled toilets, extra monies could be spent on additional staffing to avoid the queues and there’s basic facilities and queuing at A&E at Poole hospital. If that’s adequate for us at the hospital- why extra spending on the Civic Centre for possible short term? You may wish to question our councillors… on the wisdom of spending our monies on this potential white elephant!

Harbourside Development-

 I have been in discussions with a council officer as there has been monies obtained to undertake a series of ‘developments’ alongside Whitecliff and Baiter Park. These are almost entirely of a maintenance nature e.g. level the ‘dog’ walking area between Whitecliff and the skateboard park so that it is not so undulating- but maintain the ‘ethos’ i.e. no gravel, just flatten the ‘pathway,’ repairs to wooden fencing adjacent to Whitecliff rec playpark, additional planting alongside the railway fence and also improve the ground surface on Baiter to reduce flooding so that events can be further moved behind Harbourside 2 car park, shielded by trees and more away from properties. To date we see nothing very contentious in these and other proposals, but will obviously keep a close eye!

Whitecliff Pavilion

  Plans for the development of the pavilion are going ahead and received Cabinet approval in December. An old application put in by PBA some years ago for Town and Village Green status as protection against development (remember the debacle re the proposed Solar Pyramid?) means there cannot be any development until the application has been resolved. We engaged with the council and obtained Fields in Trust for Baiter and Whitecliff as a more progressive form of protection and therefore the TVG application was not relevant. However, rules apparently changed in 2013 and an application cannot now be withdrawn –it has to proceed. The council was aware of this but Legal Department decided to ‘park’ the request for removal as there were other issues to be sorted. Now the application has to go ahead even though we withdrew any support for it. So far, there has been a public hearing with two barristers, many senior council officers and a whole day…to date. Seems daft doesn’t it as we don’t have any interest in it at all! To summarise – IF the TVG application is withdrawn, the commercial concession opportunity will be put out to tender during this spring with a view to construction during the latter stages of 2018.