Steamer Point Fires
The warmer and lighter evening began in May and were accompanied with instances of fires and other incidents of anti-social behaviour on the green at Friars Cliff and in the MCA site and vandalism of the toilets in the area were reported to the police. The Council continue to work with the Police, Fire and other partners to closely monitor the area and take preventative action.
The green and beaches are open spaces to enjoy, and most groups of young people who frequent the area are not causing any trouble, just having fun.
If you see anything untoward please report them to the Police on 101 or their website https://www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/
Play Parks Refurbished
One of Christchurch Borough Council’s last acts was to allocate funds to refresh the play parks across the borough. This has now been completed with outdated equipment replaced and new safety surfacing installed.
The Council worked closely local school students, to design a mix of activities for all children, and have been mindful of trying to limit anti-social behaviour.
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Under a Countryside Stewardship Grant Agreement, and in consultation with Natural England, BCP Council are planning the following funded works:
- Replacement fencing around Priory Marsh (September – March)
- Creation of scrapes/pools and ditch maintenance (and possible topping of some vegetation) on Central and Priory Marsh (Oct-Dec 2019 and/or Oct-Dec 2020)
- Cutting of reedbed sections in Great Spires Reedbed on Priory Marsh (Sept – Feb)
- Gorse clearance (small scale) in rotation on Crouch Hill
- Additional works include the maintenance/upgrade of signage on Marsh edges to advise watercraft (e.g. no landing) – (August – October 2019)
Stanpit Marsh Visitor Centre has more information and also offers free 2 hour education sessions (up to 25 per calendar year) for organised groups of children is also available.
Marine Coastguard Site at Steamer Point
In June Penny Farthing Homes hosted a consultation relating to their planned development of the MCA Site. It appears to have been well attended by local residents, and we hope that feedback from the event will bring forward a planning application that residents can support.
BCP Announce Climate Change Emergency
BCP Council is one of the first to accept the impact of climate change on earth. The Council has taken action by declaring a Climate Emergency and committing resources to address this emergency.
Councillor Felicity Rice, Cabinet Member responsible for Climate Change & Environment, said, “Tackling climate change is an unprecedented global challenge and one which we know that many residents care passionately about.
“By declaring this climate emergency for BCP Council we are making a formal commitment to doing all we can to achieve the target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
A full report outlining the actions the Council will take to address this emergency from 2020 – 2030 including clear quantifiable milestones will be submitted to Full Council in December 2019. Further information https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News.aspx