Planning

Harbourside Developments

Harbourside Developments- You will probably remember a project by the then Poole Council to make improvements to Whitecliff and also Baiter. We have been fully involved in discussions etc and to update you, things are happening. At Baiter Park, the ground behind Harbourside 2 car park has been strip cut and filled with sand to improve drainage. This should enable many events to take place further away from residences and also shield noise by the avenue of trees. In addition, new picnic tables will be installed, with better access for wheelchair users, repairing fencing around Whitecliff, refreshing shrub beds along Sandbanks Road, improved signage to include historical contexts and ‘wayfinder’ markers, repairing the sluice channel. Details: https://pooleprojects.net/harbourside-park/

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.

Whitecliff Pavilion

Two planning applications have been submitted to Poole Council and we, as an association are very concerned that whatever the outcome, it does not detract for the principle of what the pavilion ‘stands for’ in respect of community usage. Towards that end, we will object to a variance of opening hours until 11pm and ensure that any ‘commercialisation ‘of the pavilion and its environs will not negatively impact on sports provision for the community or the grassed area in front of the building. I understand that proposals to ‘develop’ the toilet block into a café area at Baiter has been put onto hold as there is too much involvement with Whitecliff pavilion!

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)

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.

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.

 

Poole Hospital

I am sure you are all aware of proposals to re-locate accident and emergency services, as well as other services to Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Personally, I am astonished at this suggestion and deeply disappointed at how senior managers of Poole Hospital seem to have accepted it as a fait compli. Such a move will have serious impact for all residents, not only within the area of our association, but right across the borough and beyond into west Dorset. I personally make an appeal for you to write to your ward councillors (contact details below) and also our MP Mr Robert Syms to express your views and ask what they will do in respect of this proposal. In addition, I understand there will be public consultation and exhort you all to make your feelings known –one way or the other. To date 50000+ people have signed a petition opposing such a move. Thank you.

OUR WARD COUNCILLORS

Baiter Area

Mark Howell

Email m.howell@poole.gov.uk           Tel: 01202 672505

Andy Garner-Watts

Email a.garner-watts@poole.gov.uk             Tel: 01202 064958

Andy Hadley

Email a.hadley@poole.gov.uk                     Tel: 01202 389782

Parkstone

Ann Stribley

Email a.stribley@poole.gov.uk          Tel: 01202 732969

Emma Williams

Email e.williams@poole.gov.uk                    Tel: 07793061905

John Challinor

Email j.challinor@poole.gov.uk                    Tel: 01202 742968

Planning

An application for the Creation of interactive leisure facility at land adjacent to Whitecliff Car Park has been received by the council. This application is reference is APP/16/01126/F and can be viewed either at the Civic Centre or on-line. As Trustees for Fields in Trust our association has an interest in this application so will view it closely. Closing date is 09 August

An application has also been received to demolish the Quarterjack Hotel -2 and 4 Sandbanks Road (opposite the Civic Centre) and replace it with 27 sheltered apartments for the elderly, including communal facilities, access, car parking and landscaping. I am extremely concerned at the short timescale to make comments. Notice of the application was made on 11 July 2016 and responses to be completed by 01 August 2016. I have made representations to the Planning Department at Poole Council and await their response

Poole Local Plan Review

You may be aware that Poole Council is proposing to build a further 5000+ homes and wishes sites to not only be identified but also to be commented upon. Whilst none of current identified areas directly impact upon Whitecliff (although may do so indirectly), three locations will directly affect Baiter. One site is to build upon the current Seldown car park. Another is to build upon the Dolphin swimming pool site and car park. A third is to gain possession of Corfe House (Seldown Road) which is currently used as a student block for Bournemouth University students. There are other fairly local sites within the review, including removal of Poole Pottery –but it is the other three sites above that will affect us most directly. I attended a ‘roadshow’ of these proposals and whilst they appeared in a glossy format, I was perturbed at the lack of any ‘Plan B’. To my mind there is little value in suggesting sites if there is no follow-up to inform what will happen as a consequence. For example, in respect of the Seldown car park what will be the logical next stage if the review accepts it as a building site? Where will coaches be relocated e.g. National Express? I don’t want to express support for this site unless I know how the knock-on impact will be implemented- to include where, when and how. You can offer views on-line at www.poole.gov/uklocalplanreview . I urge you to view this site and respond as quickly as possible. The closing date is Monday 08 August 2016 so please do it ASAP. Thank you.