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Public Issues

Meeting: 23/06/2021 - Cabinet (Item 14)

Public Issues

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution. Further information on the requirements for submitting these is available to view at the following link:-

https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CommitteeID=151&Info=1&bcr=1

The deadline for the submission of public questions is 4 clear working days before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a statement is midday the working day before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a petition is 10 working days before the meeting.

Decision:

The Leader advised that there had been no statements or petitions received on this occasion but that four Members of the Public had submitted questions all relating to Agenda Item 9 (High Streets Strategy (Update)). The questions were read out on behalf of the Members of the Public and were each responded to by the Portfolio Holder in turn. The submitted questions and responses are set out below:

 

Question from Geoffrey Furnell

Will Councillor Broadhead consider the way in which the Christchurch Regeneration Subject was handled.

Were all Christchurch Town Councillors and BCP Councillors representing Christchurch contacted directly with full plans and costings?

Response by the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration Economy and Strategic Planning

Response to be inserted

 

Question from Peter Fenning

“Within the BCP regeneration proposals for Christchurch Town Centre is one to establish a community hub within the area of the Christchurch bowling green. Is Councillor Broadhead aware that this site is within the Christchurch Central Conservation Area and is a protected Scheduled Ancient Monument and can he explain why it is to be established there.”

Response by the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration Economy and Strategic Planning

Response to be inserted

 

Question from Councillor Avril Coulton – Deputy Mayor of Christchurch Town Council   

Could Councillor Broadhead confirm that BCP Council is actively planning to build an extra storey of car parking on the Waitrose car park in Christchurch and demolishing the Saxon Square car park in order to replace it with a larger car park.  

These ideas are encompassed by the Christchurch Regeneration subject. Where is the money coming from to pay for this and where can the costings for the proposals be found? 

 

Response by the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration Economy and Strategic Planning

Response to be inserted

 

Question from John Pendrill – Chairman of Christchurch Citizens Association

In relation to Agenda item 9 will Councillor Broadhead agree that the circulation and publicity of the public consultation on Christchurch High Street Regeneration was totally inadequate. The receipt of just 26 replies indicates that the consultation was not published in an appropriate manner as local residents were unaware of this matter. What is the reason for this poor administration? BCP Council plans to carry out many High Street changes without further public consultation. In contrast Christchurch Town Council recently carried out its own neighbourhood survey and received 1,280 replies. Where can the costings for the proposals be found?

 

Response by the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration Economy and Strategic Planning

Response to be inserted

 

Minutes:

The Leader advised that there had been no statements or petitions received on this occasion but that four Members of the Public had submitted questions all relating to Agenda Item 9 (High Streets Strategy (Update)). The questions were read out on behalf of the Members of the Public and were each responded to by the Portfolio Holder in turn. The submitted questions and responses are set out below:

Question from Geoffrey Furnell

Will Councillor Broadhead consider the way in which the Christchurch Regeneration Subject was handled.

Were all Christchurch Town Councillors and BCP Councillors representing Christchurch contacted directly with full plans and costings?

Response by the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration Economy and Strategic Planning

I thank Mr Furnell for his question. I have no idea which Christchurch Regeneration subject Mr Furnell is referring to. At present, the only project we have even started thinking about is the regeneration of the former Christchurch Civic centre. Even this is at a very early stage and I will be first liaising with Christchurch Councillors and the Town Council before beginning any formal work on scoping that project. We currently have no other projects in Christchurch but are certainly on the hunt for good ideas, which will of course be led by the public. As such, the full plans and costings associated with any projects is £0, as there are no projects in the pipeline.

Question from Peter Fenning

“Within the BCP regeneration proposals for Christchurch Town Centre is one to establish a community hub within the area of the Christchurch bowling green. Is Councillor Broadhead aware that this site is within the Christchurch Central Conservation Area and is a protected Scheduled Ancient Monument and can he explain why it is to be established there.”

Response by the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration Economy and Strategic Planning

I thank Mr Fenning for his question. I have no idea what “BCP regeneration proposals for Christchurch Town Centre” Mr Fenning is referring to. We currently have no projects in train aside from very early scoping work on the former Civic Centre. This is the first I have heard about proposals to establish a community hub within the area of the bowling green. However, I do love the idea of providing a further community hub in Christchurch and will happily explore proposals to create one in the right place if such proposals are presented to me. This administration is determined to right size the underinvestment in Christchurch and I encourage anyone with good ideas to get in touch with us!

Question from Councillor Avril Coulton – Deputy Mayor of Christchurch Town Council   

Could Councillor Broadhead confirm that BCP Council is actively planning to build an extra storey of car parking on the Waitrose car park in Christchurch and demolishing the Saxon Square car park in order to replace it with a larger car park.  

These ideas are encompassed by the Christchurch Regeneration subject. Where is the money coming from to pay for this and where can the costings  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14