TMSTH Area Forum Meeting 16th June 2016

Item 1: A talk on the work of the recently re-elected Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill

Item 2: A talk by Councillor John Adams on his year as Mayor of Bournemouth

Item 3: Updates on their areas by local Councillors

Other local issues and updates include: The proposed new access to/from Bournemouth Hospital near the Cooper Dean roundabout, and details regarding the new Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre, Muscliff

Opportunities also to talk with your Councillors

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The Meeting paid tribute to the MP Jo Cox.

Item 1

Re-elected Dorset Police Commissioner Martin Underhill informed the meeting of his commitments for his second term, which include:

Providing an initial contact point for the public; Ensuring Dorset Police are being held accountable for the use of their budget; Tackling drugs issues; Placing more emphasis on cyber crime; Developing ideas to reduce Dorset's rising road accident rate.

The commissioner expressed his full support for the roles of the police community support officers, and said he was committed to help raise morale within the regular police force affected by recent staff cuts; his role would also involve working to prevent prisoners re-offending; and p roviding support for victims of crime.

Item 2

Councillor John Adams gave an entertaining summary of his 'memorable year' as Bournemouth's Lord Mayor, the town's 'non political Ambassador', from 2015-16. Attending around 700 events, sometimes 3 or 4 a day, with visits to local education establishments and businesses, and supporting charities which tackle a wide range of social and medical problems, Councillor Adams told the meeting that he had been greatly honoured to have been chosen for the role, which he believed was of great benefit for the whole community.

Transport Updates

Email correspondence from Ian Kalra, Head of Transportation Services, Bournemouth Borough Council:


Development and appraisal of layout details for the Wessex Fields scheme to provide a new road access from the A338 to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site, improvements to Blackwater Junction, and the potential widening of the A338 Wessex Way between the Cooper Dean and Blackwater Junctions are almost completed, to be followed by environmental, including air quality, impact assessments. Public consultation is taking place this year.


Ian Kalra also answered questions raised at the February 2016 Forum Public Meeting, noting Mallard Road Junction signals were adequate, solid white stop lines were not required, and cycling on the adjacent slip road was being encouraged.


Resurfacing Castle West at Muscliffe Lane Junction - late Autumn;

Treatment work for the road surface at Castle Gate Close - school holiday period, and Queensbury Avenue during the same period;

Road safety works at Cooper Dean - mainly high friction surfacing to minimise shunts caused by skidding.


Bus operator 'GO SOUTH COAST' is reviewing a previous decision to discontinue use of the bus lay-by located at the edge of the A338 northbound slip road. Safety issues would have to be addressed if the bus stop was due to be re-opened.


(Apologies from Councillor Anne Rey)

Several traffic problems were raised at the meeting, particularly concerning dangerous parking on Mallard Road and Ibbertson Road which is of serious concern to parents and children crossing to local schools. Councillors John Trickett and Michael Weinhonig will forward suggestions such as speed warning signs, more double yellow lines, and zebra crossings, to the Council Cabinet member for Transport, Councillor Mike Greene.

Muscliff Councillors Derek Borthwick and Ian Clark informed the meeting that a new cafe has opened in Muscliff Park, which also has plans for French Bowls at the site, and a Youth Foundation scheme in the area is being created in honour of the late Councillor Ron Whittaker.

Also, work is going ahead at the Muscliffe Lane Manse site, and Councillor Clarke reported changes to the local bus service.

Updates were also provided by the TMSTH Area Forum Committee about the Kingfisher Barn at Granby Road, Muscliff, recently opened to the public by Bournemouth Borough Council in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.