Month: April 2019

Local Elections – Baiter

Dear Resident,

Four years ago, just prior to local elections, our association felt it would be helpful to ask

pertinent questions of all candidates. As a result, we received very favourable feedback from

residents and candidates. We believe it will be useful to repeat the exercise and hope the

answers below will assist you when casting your vote on Thursday 02 May 2019. Please

excuse presentation –just want to get the newsletter to you asap!

Best wishes Mike Randall (Chair PBA)

Question 1: How will you ensure the interests of residents (particularly at

Whitecliff and Baiter Park) are fully represented at the new council and not just

steam-rollered by the Bournemouth majority?

Question 2: How will you respond if interests of your residents are at odds with

decisions or recommendations made by your party at BCP level?

Question 3: ‘Travellers’ is one of the most sensitive issues faced by residents with

regular incursions at Whitecliff and Baiter Park. How can you address concerns of

the residents?


1. Living within Poole Town ward, I am extremely keen to represent my neighbours and

residents to the best of my abilities. The current opposition groups made up of Poole People

and Liberal Democrats have failed to stand up to the current leaders of Poole Council, and I

feel that they will fail again now the council has combined. Labour has made commitments in

our manifesto to speak to our residents on a regular basis, holding surgeries so we can

listen to their concerns and then act on them in the council. As a Labour group, we can

ensure that your voice is heard.

2. Having been a councillor previously for several years, I think that being part of a group is a

really positive thing in council. With a large group of Labour councillors together, supporting

each other and working together, we can collaborate on issues and end up voting together

as a Labour group – unlike the independents who are often left as a lone voice. A party whip

in local government is not like what you hear about in national politics. We would be elected

to represent our ward and, if there are issues affecting our ward, this is taken into account,

Labour councillors can vote against their whip for issues affecting their own ward.

3. Once elected, Labour will seek to hold talks with both the residents and the Traveller

community. It is important that we seek a resolution which works for both parties and

ensures that our parks and public spaces are not left open to be used in the wrong way. We

would work towards ensuring that there is a permanent traveller site for use during their

visits which would cut down on any disputes between those and local residents. Right now,

the council is offering no solution.


1. I believe that Poole needs a strong, co-ordinated team to stand up for Poole residents

within the new super council. We know that the decision to merge the councils was not

something that everyone in Poole would have made, but now it has happened we need to

have a strong voice on that council by electing councillors who will attend all meetings, work

as a disciplined team without ego or in-fighting. Poole Labour Party has an extremely

smooth working relationship with both Bournemouth and Christchurch Labour Parties, the

more Labour councillors elected to this council, the stronger your voice through us will be.

2. As a Labour councillor, foremost our duty is to the residents living within the ward we

represent. If elected, although I will be part of a Labour Group, this is much more positive

than people realise. A strong team of Labour councillors can work together to tackle issues

that no lone independent council could. For issues within my ward, I would be work together

with the Labour Group, explain local concerns and get them voting alongside me. Within a

Labour Group, you are allowed dispensation also for voting on issues that affect your ward.

3. I believe that a solution can be found if both parties talk to each other, rather than the

current council having to chase the traveller community from public land every few weeks

throughout the summer. Apart from this action, the council is not seeking a solution. Labour

will begin talks to stop the conflict between them and local residents.

XENA DION (Conservative)

1. This is one of the main reasons I wish to continue as a Ward Councillor. I am passionate

about Poole and everything we are proud of. I am not afraid to speak out strongly for what is

right and good for Poole and feel the same concerns as other residents about being

‘steamrollered’ by the Bournemouth majority. Having Christchurch in the new authority

brings a helpful balance.

2. I have, over important issues, voted against my Group e.g. closing the toilets at Baiter and

in my fight to win European Maritime Day for Poole. Group discussions are the best place to

raise the issues from residents and to ensure their views are heard but all councillors have

an obligation to work towards what is the best for the whole of our Town. My concerns are

that this ‘overall good’ now includes Bournemouth and Christchurch and having councillors

not afraid to strongly voice and support the views of Poole’s residents is essential.

3. I fully understand the frustrations we all have with these unlawful and unwanted

incursions. I argued against the Council protecting a number of sites as I believed it would

just concentrate incursions into a very small number of places and this is exactly what has

happened and Baiter is suffering.

One advantage in the new authority is more effective working together to find a permanent

temporary site which means the police can move travellers who are unlawfully camped on to

those sites within 24 hours. We endeavoured to find a permanent temporary site in Poole 3

or 4 years ago and there was absolutely no place suitable, so I am optimistic we may find a

solution. The government did a consultation to better manage Gypsies and Travellers and I

am still waiting to see the outcome and report.

L-J EVANS (Poole People Party)

1. I have lived in Poole for nearly 15 years and walk my dog at least once a day on Baiter. If

elected as a Poole Town Councillor I will be persistent and vocal in representing my

Residents and work with Councillors of all parties to ensure that Poole’s voice is heard.

2. Although elected under the banner of Poole People Party I will be an Independent

Councillor and free to make up my own mind on all decisions. I intend to use social media

and other avenues to listen to people’s concerns so that they can be represented fairly.

3. As a regular user of Baiter Park I am fully aware of this issue and the measures taken by

the Council in the past to remedy it. I hope that in future we can work with the Travelling

Community to come up with a compromise over (temporary) use of the site, rather than

building more and more defences

ANDY-GARNER WATTS (Conservative)

1. As a BCP Councillor and a firm believer in democracy I would support any majority

decision made by the new council

2. I would hope to fully explain my reasons to residents if given an opportunity to do so

3. As BCP has a much bigger area we will be looking as soon as possible to establish a

temporary traveller site. This would allow police to move travellers to that site with immediate

effect. I believe this will be a really effective deterrent

ANDY HADLEY (Poole People Party)

1. I think we will have to work hard to ensure that the interests of Poole (and Baiter/

Whitecliff) residents are not overpowered. I have already been working with other

independent-minded parties across the conurbation to try and help ensure that we have a

reasonable group in the new Council who are prepared to fight for respect and responses to

local priorities. We were successful in getting Baiter toilets reopened –closed by Tories

2. Poole People does not force Members to vote in a particular way, I hope that anyone who

has been to council meetings will know that the existing Poole People Councillors are often

the first to raise concerns with proposals, and we actively represent issues that have been

raised by our residents, including successfully getting the toilets at Baiter Park re-opened

3. I have campaigned alongside Mark Howell (Poole People Party) to get the Baiter car park

entrance narrowed, and also get constraints on the swimming pool car park, Copse Close

and Sterte Green. We have raised repeatedly that Tories have shirked responsibility to have

a transit site that police can move travellers onto, and with the formation of BCP, we must

work across the conurbation and lobby national government to address the issue properly

MARK HOWELL (Poole People Party)

1. I have lived and worked in Poole town centre for 15 years and have a strong connection to

my local community so I understand the issues that concern residents. If elected, I will seek

to work with Poole People colleagues and other independently-minded minded councillors to

counter the negative effects of the whip imposed by the national parties and give more say

to residents.

2. Poole People councillors are free to vote with their consciences so I would vote in the

interests of residents of Poole Town ward every time.

3. In my time as a councillor, I have pushed the Council to improve the defences of Baiter

and Whitecliff, which resulted in the narrowing of Harbourside 2’s entrance, higher

earthworks and stronger gates. Harbourside 1 is more difficult to address because the public

need access for their motor homes and boats. My focus would be on preventing access to

grassed areas and campaigning for a transit site, which would enable the police to move

travellers on more easily.


1. If I am elected to the council for Poole I will fight for the residents of Poole as their

councillor and make sure we do not lose out

2. I will respond in any way I can to make sure the interests of all Poole residents are

represented on the new council and not only are Bournemouth and Christchurch residents’

interests are heard

3. I will go back to the old days when councillors used to walk around their ward and if I see

any travellers at Baiter or Whitecliff I will make sure the council has them removed twentyfour

hours after they arrive

SIMON LANE (Independent)

1. I will try my best to get Poole treated fairly

2 I will act for the people of Poole and do what is right for Poole

3. I will do regular patrols and if I see travellers coming I will get them removed in 24 hours


1. As a local resident myself, living on Stanley Road, I care deeply about the area I

am standing to represent. Labour, as a group, will be a force for good and if we are in

opposition will hold the Conservatives to account, whether they are from Bournemouth,

Christchurch or Poole. I know that the decision to merge councils has worried many

residents, but I do not believe the poor way in which our current council has been run is due

to where the councillors have come from. It’s been because of their policies. Labour

councillors will hold monthly ward surgeries and be easily available to listen to the concerns

and thoughts of residents so that we can try and be your voice in the council chambers.

2. There is a lot of misunderstanding over what a “Party Whip” does within local government.

Councillors are elected to represent all residents within their ward, and this goes for Labour

Councillors too. Issues affecting individual wards are taken into account when discussed

within the Labour Group of councillors and dispensation to vote against the Party Whip is

granted on these occasions. But it should also be recognised that being part of a group is a

positive thing. For example, if there is a large political group and individual ward councillors

can convince them to support their point of view, then the whole group might end up voting

the same way and getting things done. Ultimately, a group of independents don’t have any


3. If I am elected, I will meet with both the resident and traveller communities and seek to

find a solution to the issue. This may include looking at providing at permanent site

elsewhere in the conurbation or some other way of settling the issue. However, what we

must avoid is this situation from occurring every year without any solution.

Although contacted at least twice we have not received responses from


Local Elections – PARKSTONE


Dear Resident,

Four years ago, just prior to local elections, our association felt it would be helpful to ask

pertinent questions of all candidates. As a result, we received very favourable feedback from

residents and candidates. We believe it will be useful to repeat the exercise and hope the

answers below will assist you when casting your vote on Thursday 02 May 2019. Please

excuse presentation –just want to get the newsletter to you asap!

Best wishes

Mike Randall (Chair PBA)

Question 1: How will you ensure the interests of residents (particularly at

Whitecliff and Baiter Park) are fully represented at the new council and not just

steam-rollered by the Bournemouth majority?

Question 2: How will you respond if interests of your residents are at odds with

decisions or recommendations made by your party at BCP level?

Question 3: ‘Travellers’ is one of the most sensitive issues faced by residents with

regular incursions at Whitecliff and Baiter Park. How can you address concerns of

the residents, given the fact there is currently a large encampment of travellers

at Harbourside 2 car park?


1. Within Poole Council, the opposition parties to the Conservatives let themselves be

steamrollered time and time again due to their lack of co-ordination, knowledge of

procedures or political knowledge. We cannot allow the new BCP council to become a

chamber full of Conservative yes men and women. As a Labour councillor, I will speak to the

residents of Parkstone and take their concerns to the council chambers, representing them.

As part of a Labour group, combined of Labour councillors across the conurbation, it will not

be easy for us to be steamrollered when representing you.

2. As mentioned above, a group of Labour councillors working together is more positive and

able to achieve their goals than one lone wolf opposition. As your Labour councillor, I will put

my residents’ needs first and ensure I am representing you. The Labour Party understands

that there may be occasions when I would be required to vote against the party. There are

no such things as “3 Line Whips” in local government, and I would be provided dispensation

to vote as required when it comes to my ward

3. I see that under section 62A of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 police are

supposed to direct travellers to authorised sites within the local authority, but as far as I can

see there is only one in the whole area. For me, best practice recommends finding a

negotiated solution with the travellers to avoid conflict with them and residents.

STEVE BARON (Poole People Party)

1. I was very concerned when twenty-one Conservative councillors voted to hand over

control of our town to Bournemouth. I will do my best to ensure that our town doesn’t just

become a ‘suburb’ of Bournemouth

2. One of the beliefs within our party is that we’re left to vote with our residents’ best

interests and not be whipped-in by national or local party politics

3. Travellers is a very contentious issue. Looking at more effective physical barriers would

certainly assist

JOHN CHALLINOR (Conservative)

1. I’ve worked hard to represent the interest of Parkstone and Poole residents over the last

four years and, if elected, would continue to do so in the new council. A majority of

councillors from one party across the Poole wards is the best way to ensure a strong voice

for the town

2. Councillors are elected to represent their ward as well as work for the best interests of

the whole authority. This can sometimes be difficult though I would always make sure that

my residents’ views are heard and will support them to the fullest and have used my ability

to positively challenge decisions in the past

3. I fully support all measures that the council can pursue to prevent/ remove incursions and

we are awaiting results from the government on the recent consultation on this issue. We

are expecting tougher and quicker decisions to be available to councils and, once they are, I

would press BCP to adopt these at the earliest convenience

GRANT GILLINGHAM – (Liberal Democrats)

1.My Liberal democrat colleagues on the council consistently voted against the merger and

are proposing the creation of ‘Community Councils’ to give power back to the communities

and halt the centralisation of power to Bournemouth. I am also a strong proponent of crossparty

cooperation and would work with representative of other parties in Poole to ensure

that our town has a strong voice on the new council

2. I will priorities the interests of residents over party decisions because I believe councillors

are elected to represent their residents first and foremost. Therefore, if my party are

pursuing something that would not be in the interests of my residents, I would ensure that I

would use my input to address their concerns and seek an outcome that would benefit

Parkstone residents

3. I am supportive of the Lib Dem policy of providing a permanent site for use by the

travelling communities in order to relieve seasonal pressure on our parks and open spaces


1. One reason for standing is that I am a resident of the Parkstone ward; anything that

affects our resident affects me. Every council should have good leadership-which hasn’t

always been the case recently-and perhaps even more importantly, a good opposition. If

Poole is to be well represented (and I am a ‘Poole person’), then a strong Liberal Democrat

representation on the council and possibly the creation of ‘Community Councils’ will help to

ameliorate the steam-roller effect.

2. This question came up at my adoption meeting: it is understood that should an individual

disagree with party instructions provided it is clear in advance that you disagree, then you

may follow your conscience and local interest and those of the residents come first

3. Without going into the legal details which are on the BCP website, permanent sites for

traveller communities are required in suitable locations


1. I have initiated forming a Neighbourhood Forum for Parkstone

( For me this is the starting point as legislation

prioritises Neighbourhood Plans over Local Plans and it becomes a formal consultee. The

merger has created a democratic deficit in Poole and I am determined to ensure this gap is

filled. I will honour the decisions and recommendations made by this Forum. Modern well

organised, well-informed forum that is media savvy will be hard for BCP council to ignore

2. I am standing as an independent candidate alongside the Alliance for Local Living (ALL).

It’s very simple, I will not support and decisions or recommendations if it is at odds with the

residents in Parkstone. I intend for the Neighbourhood Forum (open to ALL) to be able to

put forward decisions and recommendations I will take to the BCP council as a councillor

3. There needs to be a registered ‘Travellers’ camp in the BCP area. With this police will be

empowered to move travellers on. The identification and selection of a site will be

challenging and require effort and I will have to work hard to get this addressed. We need

to work together across BCP to find a solution. I recall chairing a school debate on the

subject when I was 12. We came up with some good ideas then. It saddens me that 30

years later issues like this have not been resolved

ANN STRIBLEY (Conservative)

1. Only the election of one Party with a clear majority of Poole’s seats can ensure a strong

voice for Poole. All Councillors have a clear duty to represent the interests of their Ward

and residents to the best of their ability; however, all Councillors have an absolute duty to

vote in the best interests of the whole Authority

2. If elected I will always do everything that I able to do to support the interests of the

residents of my Ward.

3. I will do everything possible to ensure our parks and open spaces are protected from

unauthorised incursions. When there are unauthorised encampments I will support all

proper legal action to have them removed at the earliest possible moment.

We have not received a reply from:



 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

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 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…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