BCP Response to COVID-19

BCP Council has continued to maintain vital services to residents and businesses throughout the ongoing Covid19 restrictions (waste collections, children’s services, adult social care, road maintenance etc).

Lesley, as cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health, has worked hard with the teams to ensure continuity throughout the pandemic. Although day centres had to close, residents who usually went to them were contacted regularly for welfare checks and provided with entertainment such as jigsaws or clay modelling which could be done at home. All care homes were issued with Protective Equipment, and people living alone and self -isolating are being cared for by volunteers checked and provided by BCP.

Your Councillors will respond to your issues, but please note that problems with roads, flooding, full bins and many other local concerns can be reported online via https://www.christchurch.gov.uk/report/report.aspx or by telephone to: 01202 795000.

Beaches

The great summer weather meant that beaches, car parks and adjoining roads became especially busy, leading to a major Incident being called in the interests of safety. Cycling on the promenade remains an ongoing issue, and BCP Council are looking to introduce consistent restrictions and enforcement.

Beach patrols and maintenance of open spaces has continued where possible, and bin collections just about kept up with the daily flows during peak periods. The Marine Safety vessel provided visitors with safety guidance and policed water-users along with the RNLI.

The parking team issued several hundred parking fines during the summer, where inconsiderate and dangerous parking was occurring. Traffic Regulation Orders are still being investigated for coast roads, and a full residents’ consultation will be required due to the impacts of any restrictions.

Paul volunteers under the BCP ‘Together We Can’ group, shopping and collecting prescriptions for a number of people in our local area. Further details at on how to get involved or for help please click here  or telephone 0300 123 7052

Your Councillors are working with the creator of the NHS stones display at Avon Beach to move it to a more appropriate position. This will help protect the public creation from the elements and be a lasting memorial.

Avon Beach NHS Stones

Your Councillors are working with the creator of the NHS stones display at Avon Beach to move it to a more appropriate position. This will help protect the public creation from the elements and be a lasting memorial.

Paul volunteers under the BCP ‘Together We Can’ group, shopping and collecting prescriptions for a number of people in our local area. Further details at on how to get involved or for help is at: 

CTC has also been active with monthly planning meetings providing statutory consultee statements to BCP on contentious planning applications.

Lesley has been busy as Mayor of Christchurch laying commemorative wreaths for WWII anniversaries and attending smaller engagements, all strictly controlled due to Covid-19. Meetings of the Town and BCP Councils have been held on screen, and Lesley has attended two scouting AGM’s in the same way.

The Town Council is pleased to announce a Community Grants Scheme for Not-for-Profit charities and organisations to apply for. The initial allocations included grants to Mudeford Sea Scouts, ‘Stompin on the Quomps’ and Flowerfest21. The next application window is open in November/ December 2020. Details are at:  https://christchurch-tc.gov.uk/community-grants-scheme/ and further clarification can be obtained from the Town Clerk on 01202 022541.

Stanpit Marsh

The ‘Friends of Stanpit Marsh’ group, including volunteer wardens, continue their great work overseeing and managing this stunning local resource. The visitors centre is presently closed but work activities have still progressed, included siting some lovely new rustic seats at strategic positions, repairing bridges, scraping ditches etc.

Egg laying attempts were made by three pairs of oystercatchers, possibly due to the very quiet period at the start of lockdown. Unfortunately these all failed despite our best efforts to give them a good chance.

For ponies, Nigel the stallion has remained on site (lucky chap!) and all 14 mares have produced foals in the main herd. Thank you Nigel! We can expect more new foals next spring.

University Hospitals Dorset

On 1 October the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole hospitals merged to form the ‘University Hospitals Dorset NHS Trust’. Services at our hospitals has been maintained for patient care, and the merger helps ensure that all three hospitals adapt to provide the best healthcare now and in future. As a Governor of the new NHS Trust, Paul has been volunteering several days a week at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. www.uhd.nhs.uk

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