What's going on in Friars Cliff......

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If you require more information on any issue, then please contact us on EnquiriesFCRA@gmail.com

Parking Work Group

A Residents’ Work Group (WG) has been running since March 2021 to provide positive input to a BCP-led study into parking issues for Friars Cliff. Click on pic for more info


Small Grant Allocations

The list of Small Grant causes supported recently include in 2020 a £250 grant to Mudeford Lifeboat (RNLI). This was a decision made due to the Covid-19 pandemic severely affecting the ability for the charity to raise funds.


In September 2021, we received a request for replacing out of service defibrillator parts located at the Beach Hut Café. These have now been successfully purchased between the FCRA and the Beach Hut Owners Association.


Tree Plantings

After joint surveys between our FCRA Environment Rep., BCP and local environmental groups, BCP is now planting trees around Friars Cliff in various dormant tree pits alongside roads. We very much welcome this.

If you have a new tree near you, please help it survive by giving it a periodic drink of water, especially through the summer.


Neighbourhood Plan
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The Christchurch Neighbourhood Plan is under development and has completed the Scoping Study phase. FCRA is closely following progress.

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'The Green' Preservation

Rumours arise from time to time about the future of Friars Cliff Hinterland (the green behind the Beach Hut Café).This land was acquired in 1983 by the Council for £50,000 from the MoD for use as open space and two car parks. The Council acquired it to provide a park for local people and the Council view remains unaltered. Any housing development is against policy to dispose of Public Open Space (POS), which is protected via the disposal process and via the planning process. BCP are currently looking at the strategic investment and coverage of all green spaces across the BCP area as part of efforts to make them even better, more modern and better used. This work is likely to be ongoing and will be included within the new Local Plan for BCP. As local residents we must protect our open spaces, and watch for anti-social behaviour such as lighting fires etc.

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Local Plan
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BCP is developing it's area-wide Local Plan that provides a framework of policies and site allocations to guide development over the next 20 years. This will help BCP meet needs for new homes, jobs, infrastructure and other supporting services. FCRA is closely following this.

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MCA Action Group

There have been multiple planning applications by the developer, with each in turn being rejected. The latest application is awaiting being heard by the BCP planning committee and the MCA Action Group is actively challenging any overdevelopment of the site.


FCRA Heritage Assets

An extensive study has completed and uploaded to BCP in April 2022 listing all Heritage Assets across Friars Cliff. This is for inclusion in the national ongoing Heritage Asset project.

In addition, there is now a new BCP-led heritage project to establish an ADRDE/SRDE memorial at Steamer Point. Please contact us if you would like to be involved in this. 


Flora & Fauna Surveys

Flora and Fauna surveys are ongoing with a view to record the local environmental 'scene'.

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Beach Clean / Litter Picking
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A number of groups conduct periodic beach cleans and litter picks along our beaches and footpaths. We very much appreciate the environmental improvement this achieves. 'Seashorty' is a popular local group who conduct regular beach cleans throughout the year. See the link below for times and meeting points.


Water Quality & Excessive Seaweed
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The FCRA has investigated the situation regarding water pollution in our area. We have a campaign position for:

1. Increased frequency of water testing, year round.

2. Testing for a wider range of harmful pollutants beyond the two 'faecal' pathogens currently tested.

3. Resolving the seaweed build up and noxious smell that originates at Gundimore Beach.


Southcliffe Road Car Park

BCP have identified the Southcliffe Road car park as a potential re-development site for housing. Given the problems with lack of suitable parking in our area FCRA will actively challenge any move to develop the site for housing, and would prefer the site to have an all year round parking facility. Work is ongoing on this through the Parking & Road Safety Work Group

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