Local Government Reorganisation
The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government gave a final ‘minded to’ decision to approve the formation of 2 unitary authorities, one being the merger of Christchurch with Bournemouth & Poole, on 26 February 2018.
At an Extra-ordinary Council Meeting on 13 March 2018 Christchurch Council agreed that we would seek further Legal advice on what action could be taken to challenge the decision. More details can be found in the Spring 2018 issue of the Christchurch Courier.
Christchurch Community Governance Review
Christchurch Borough Council is conducting a review of the Community Governance arrangements across the whole of Christchurch and local people are being invited to have their say. The review is passed the first stage, which invited people and interested groups to make submissions in response to the Council’s published consultation document. During this first stage people provide views on what they thought was the best form of governance at a parish or town level in Christchurch.
Once the views and suggestions from the consultation have been collated and evaluated, the Council will then form a draft recommendation. At this point, the second stage of consultation will commence seeking views on the final proposal. Any new arrangements would take effect from 1 April 2019.
Highcliffe Castle Zig Zag
Christchurch Council has agreed to additional financial resources to be allocated for the rebuild of the sloped path from the castle grounds to the beach. Planning and regulatory documents will be prepared in order for tender documents to be made available in the summer months. Once the tenders are reviewed and a contractor is selected the expectation is that work will commence in the autumn on this technical and environmentally sensitive project.
Mudeford Quay & greens – waste bins
The waste bins along Mudeford Quay and the adjoining green have been replaced. They provide larger capacity of waste and also are better protected against access by wildlife. As always these general waste bins can also accept ‘bagged’ dog waste. The Council is active is keeping the Borough clean from litter and has a policy of fining waste offenders.
Two Riversmeet sports centre
The Council owned and managed sports centre has just expanded and modernised the Gym suite. Facilities are available for all ages and levels of fitness with and extensive range of cardio-vascular machines (running, rowing, cycling, etc) as well as weights and machines to improve muscle and flexibility. Great packages exist for frequent use or one off visits.