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Message from Cllr DC Jones (from Facebook)This is the most crucial month for Christchurch for almost 800 years. The Council will have to decide whether to destroy the Ancient Borough by submergence in a Greater Bournemouth (and readers might be interested to see the correspondence internet pages of The Echo on how well – or perhaps not – the present Bournemouth Council has looked after its Town Centre and other areas) or to seek to continue as a sovereign Council which is responsible to the people of Christchurch.
Letter from Poole Councillor, Phillip Eades, published in The Echo. (The link to the page, which includes comments, is below the article.) The demise of the historic boroughs of Poole and Christchurch is fast approaching. Under the cloak of a shockingly one-sided and biased ‘consultation’ exercise designed only to come up with one answer (for example “Do you agree that councils should provide value for money?” and “Do you agree the current councils are inefficient and waste public money?”) ruling Dorset Tories are determined to force through their plan of two new councils. East Dorset saw the Trojan Horse of Bournemouth expansion for exactly what it was early on in the process and appear to have managed to escape the clutches of the ‘large conurbation.’ Christchurch has been vocal in its opposition but seems to be being overruled by county colleagues who are being ordered to vote for the ‘medium conurbation.’ The exception to this opposition is Poole where the Tory councillors have been silent and have merely parroted the ‘Beesley line’ that Poole is too small to survive on its own and must merge (‘be taken over’). Members of the public can be assured that behind this whole merger idea is further expansion of Bournemouth using green belt land in both Poole and Christchurch. [Webmaster’s bold] There is no doubt that Merley and Bear Cross will suffer forever the loss of green fields and huge increases in traffic merely to allow Bournemouth to expand beyond its own current borders. Poole will see the downgrading of Poole’s A&E department (bizarrely concentrating resources miles away from Poole and Purbeck residents at Littledown). Coming down the line will be waste treatment expansion and gypsy and traveller sites which are bound to be sited in Poole not Bournemouth. There is nothing good in the merger process for Poole and I urge concerned local residents to contact their local Tory councillors as a matter of urgency to get them to vote to stop the super-Council now. Article link here
Cllr Philip Eades, Branksome West Ward, Borough of Poole
So, What Now?
Let Your Councillors KnowIt is the New Year 2017 and many people, I am sure, think that with the consultation complete, there is nothing more that they can do. Surely it has already been decided, and the job is finished? In fact the final decision has not been made. On 30th January the Councils will meet. If just one rejects it, the proposal cannot be passed.
The constituents can still respond by writing to your Local Councillor and Chris Chope. A reminder of the options, and the contact details, are below, The Councillors, and Chris Chope, HAVE to pay attention to your communications.
A REMINDER – THE OPTIONS:
There is a full discussion of these choices here.
Who to Contact:
1) OUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT – CHRIS CHOPE
- Email: Chopec@parliament.uk
- By letter: Chris Chope Esq OBE MP, House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA Or c/o C&EDCA, 18a Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset Bh23 1QL