News - Berry Hill 12 Wheel Tankers

NEW - 8th May 2012 // UPDATED - 16th May 2012 // UPDATED - 25th June 2012

UPDATED - 25th June 2012

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker
21st June 2012
RE: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre - New Access Road


Have we as yet any progress on this issue with landowners and yes Bournemouth officers.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker
25th May 2012
RE: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre - New Access Road


Are you in a position to tell me how things went last night, have also forwarded on to you and others the notes by Dorset County Council on action they proposed to take on the Weir Bridge and you will see they make reference to Wessex Water proposals for Berry Hill as well.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

UPDATED - 16th May 2012

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
16th May 2012
RE: Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre - New Access Road


I won't hold my breath regarding the application. Clearly i believe all forces are out to prevent this application ever being approved, we know that Hurn members are opposed, am some what disappointed that no contact has been made as yet with Andrew, as we need to have these discussions sooner rather than later.

Like I have said I wo'nt hold my breath.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Stuart Lewis - Wessex Water to Councillor Ron Whittaker
15th May 2012
Berry Hill Sludge Treatment Centre - New Access Road

Councillor Whittaker,

Thanks for your e-mail. Apologies for not getting backing to you sooner, but I had noted your e-mail and flagged it for action. We're still pursuing the new access and at the present time we're preparing information to issue / present to Hurn Parish Council and Christchurch Borough Council at a meeting we've arranged for next Monday evening. Once this has been done, I will contact Andrew Murray to discuss the proposals with him.

We're still discussing land purchase with the three affected landowners and will be looking to complete the planning application within the next few months.

In terms of timescales, because of the ongoing discussions with landowners, including Bournemouth, it is unlikely that we will be able to start on start this year - it is now likely to be February or March next year.

If you wish to contact me urgently in the future, you can contact me on either of the numbers below.

Wessex Water

NEW - 8th May 2012

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Martin Moore and Stuart Lewis - Wessex Water
7th May 2012
RE: Throop Bridge

Berry Hill 12 Wheel Tankers 1

Photos highlighting some of the daily 12 wheel tankers to and from Berry Hill, passing Muscliff Primary School.

Berry Hill 12 Wheel Tankers 2

Martin / Stuart,

As a member of the Airport Transport Forum, where we meet at Bournemouth airport, on a half yearly basis that being last Friday [4th] it has a number of representatives from different groups, including members of local authorities, it was at the end of business that Cllr Margaret Phipps from Hurn Parish raised under any other business the issue of, Berry Hill and the proposals for construction of the bridge and access road into Parley lane, this was not an agenda item but felt that the meeting should be aware and was clearly seeking it seems to attract opposition, I then put forward the reasons why this scheme had come about, it was then talking to Andrew Murray, who is the planning adviser to the airport group, that he would like Wessex Water to make contact as the Airport need to understand and to be involved in and decision that could effect Parley lane or any activity at the airport.

I explained after the meeting of the horrendous ongoing problems that Residents of the Village and surrounding road network has in having some 40 plus daily 12 wheel tankers into and out of Berry Hill, passing one of our largest primary Schools [see photos], requested that Andrew does make a visit to Berry Hill and the local roads, i.e. Broadway lane to see for himself why after so many years of pressing for an alternative route that Wessex Water have design at great expense the proposals of the Bridge which we hope will also have a bridleway parallel to but segregated from the proposed road, this would then be a big plus for those staff who wish to cycle to the to the airport, as you know we lost the funding of the lottery bid [£300,000] for Pig-Shoot crossing due to endless objections from Hurn Parish members and then the withdrawal of the County funds which was then £250.000.

We know we are again facing the same old endless arguments to stop this new Bridge and access road from being constructed, as I explained to Andrew after the meeting, this scheme mainly came about after a motion that I put to Bournemouth Council in 2009 seeking support to the business case of Wessex Water and then having the support of OFWAT to a pipeline from Berry Hill, result was the cost and practicalities of a pipeline which resulted in the Bridge option.

Throop Footbridge Crossing Update

All I know is that Wessex Water must please engage fully with the airport.

Councillor Ron Whittaker