A New Year message from your councillors

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family all the best for the New Year. We also take this time to thank you all for your ongoing support and encouragement as your elected councillors representing you on the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council.

As you are aware, the 7 Christchurch Independents form the second largest group within the Council’s controlling Unity Alliance administration. This provides us with a strong voice for Christchurch residents, enabling us to secure the budget proposal for council tax harmonisation in 2 years, rather than the 7 years the Conservatives offered.

Christchurch Independents have 2 vital Cabinet positions, the Chairman of the Council role, along with key representation on the governing boards of our local hospital, Crime Panel and Dorset & Wilts Fire & Rescue Service.

We continue to ensure that Christchurch is an equal partner with Bournemouth and Poole in decision making that affects you and other residents in Friars Cliff, Mudeford, Stanpit and Highcliffe. We have sought to introduce minimal changes to the existing Christchurch waste collection format when the service is combined across BCP in April 2020 to reduce disruption and confusion.

Although maybe a distant memory, you may agree that the summer was a great time to enjoy our great beaches and open spaces, including Steamer Point Nature Reserve and Stanpit Marsh. We’ve worked with the new Council’s teams to ensure that the a high level of maintenance, safety, parking and waste management services is provided to enhance the area for everyone’s enjoyment.

We have spoken to many residents about large and small planning issues and hold ongoing discussions with developers and residents to ensure that developments are sympathetic to our area.

We will always remember that we are elected to serve you. So please do not hesitate to contact us using the above details or stop us when you see us around the area. We hold a surgery at 7pm before the quarterly residents meeting at the All Saints Church Hall.

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