Small Grant Allocations
The list of Small Grant causes supported has recently included:
1. 2020: £250 grant to Mudeford Lifeboat (RNLI). This emerged from RNLI fund raising difficulties due to Covid.
2. 2021: Replace essential defibrillator parts for defibrillator at Beach Hut Café. Costs shared between FCRA and the local Beach Hut Owners Association.
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.
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The Christchurch Neighbourhood Plan is under development and has completed the Scoping Study phase. A Neighbourhood Plan Survey is underway for our area with a closing date of 9 December. Please engage and have your say. The following surveys are in hand:
Town Centre Survey / Local Heritage Survey / Getting About Survey / Open and Green Spaces Survey / Christchurch Design Code Survey
'The Green' Preservation
The Friars Cliff Hinterland (the green behind the Beach Hut Café) was purchased by Christchurch Council from the MoD in 1983 for use as an open space and two car parks. BCP are currently reviewing their strategic investments and so we are monitoring potential changes in policy and / or changes of use. This is to ensure that all Friars Cliff Open Spaces and Car Parks are properly utilised and protected.
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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.
All Saints Church, Mudeford
FCRA is shocked by the devastating fire at All Saints Church, Mudeford, earlier this summer. For over 100 years it has been a real hub for the local community, and FCRA stands ready to support its reinstatement. Once rebuild plans are known, FCRA members will be consulted on how this support can be best provided.
Anti-Social Behaviour at 'The Green'
We are concerned that each summer there is extensive anti-social behaviour and vandalism at 'The Green' next to Steamer Point, and also in the public toilets and nearby shelter. FCRA has engaged on this with local PCSOs, their superiors, and the Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner. We are not satisfied with the response to date, and are continuing to engage on this important issue.
MCA Action Group
There have been multiple planning applications by the developer, with each in turn being rejected. The MCA Action Group continues to monitor and challenge inappropriate 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'.
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.
3. Resolving the seaweed build up and noxious smell that occasionally 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
Large Cracks in Steamer Point Path
Cracks have appeared in the path through Steamer Point and into the Nature Reserve. We are working closely with local councillors and BCP to investigate the cause of this. Our main concern is that there may be possible leakage of storm water overflows into the ground behind the cliff face and wave wall, which may in turn cause subsidence and land-slip.
FCRA is working with local councillors Paul Hilliard and Lesley Dedman, and BCP, to provide a range of beach-side improvements. A list has been identified and submitted in November 2022 for consideration.