FRIARS CLIFF RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
QUARTERLY MEETING December 2020 was not held because of social distancing requirements. An overview of committee activities is therefore provided.
The committee continues to meet monthly. The committee rotates the chair role for meetings to share the burden on members. Meetings are suspended until further notice.
Ann and Ken West have recently moved to Derbyshire – the committee thanked then for their contributions, knowledge and energies directed toward wildlife and the local environment. Louise Heybourne has been welcomed onto the committee to fulfill the environmental representative role.
Because of lockdown these have not yet been collected. If you have not yet paid (£2 minimum per household per year. This includes the deliver of our printed newsletter, The Forum. Please do drop your donation to your Road Warden as soon as you can or to any committee member.
The committee would like to expand membership and be in a position to have a new chair person. Please consider supporting the FCRA and contributing a few days of your time over a year.
Our Councillors, Lesley Dedman and Paul Hilliard have continued to look out on our behalf and also act as a conduit to BCP to progress issues that are brought to the committees attention. These include: beachfront issues, rubbish, BCP policies and interests and changes to the beach hut sizes on Avon Beach. Their report is posted separately.
Other issues of interest
Cycling on sections of the promenade still presents an occasional safety issue. BCP (and our councillors) are looking at this across all BCP promenades so we hope it will lead to some improvements soon.
Rubbish and signage
Over the lockdown and summer council services were overwhelmed with the amount of rubbish left at the beaches. FCRA approached our councillors requesting permission to add ‘leave only footprint’ signs. These were produced in the form of small A4 posters that were deemed to be too small and with the message not clear enough. The FCRA committee are investigating better signage for Spring / Summer 2021.
Christchurch Town Plan
A neighbourhood plan and working group have been established. The mandate is to shape the future of the town including housing, traffic and the environment. The group is a mix of Councillors and residents who are working towards a public consultation. FCRA will take an active role in participating in this. Highcliffe/Walkford Parish Council is also working on a similar, joined up plan.
Debate on an offshore wind farm has resurfaced. We are following developments.
Grass cutting policies
With BCP staff being reassigned to other duties during the COVID-19 pandemic, resources for maintaining verges and fields were strained. BCP adopted a policy of reducing grass cutting and maintained a cut strip on verges of around 1 metre wide but let other areas as natural. Ann and Ken were pleased with this as a method of supporting wildlife corridors.
Two Riversmeet (click here) reopened in the summer with enhanced safety procedures. During lockdowns they offer free online classes.
Mudeford Wood Community Centre
The centre reopened between lockdowns but continued to be very busy with the tennis courts operating and also being used by private fitness trainers to run classes on when indoor activities was banned. For more information click here
BCP initiative, The New You
BCP has launched a campaign to influence positive behaviours post lockdown including travel choices. Much of this is centred around being outdoors and using alternative transport such as walking or cycling when travelling to school or work. Called the New You initiative, click here for more information
Read the Walking for Health article.
Temporary Road Bollards – Avon Run Road
The committee have been asked about the temporary bollards on Avon Run Road and Seaway Avenue. A large number of temporary road bollards were sited this summer along Avon Run Road to stop cars driving on the pavements, and a few are still positioned at the end of Seaway Avenue to prevent dangerous parking on the bend/junction. We queried the way forward for these with our Councillors who confirmed their necessity on safety grounds, and advised that a full BCP-led consultation on coast road parking restrictions will take place next year. We will monitor this closely.
Green Flag Awards
It is nice to see that in our area, the Roeshot Hill Allotments were recently awarded a Community Green Flag Award for outstanding management, and Hengistbury Head was awarded the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation for management of its historic features. Accreditation comes from the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and is supported by Historic England.