News - Connect 2, Crossing Throop Update September 2013

NEW - 24th September 2013

NEW - 24th September 2013

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Michael Rowland - Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Parks, Bournemouth Council
24th September 2013
FW: Connect 2, Crossing Throop

Michael,

You will ask WHY am I sending this to you from 2007 report to then Julie Magee who was very involved in features on the THEN connect 2 lottery bid regarding joint proposals with County for the Pig-Shoot bridleway crossing, which would then have secured the return of a crossing for equestrians/cycles/walkers etc, sadly all lost in 2011 with the endless ongoing objections mainly from Hurn Parish and then with land ownership.

Reason am now raising all of this, in our update on the cabinet forward plan, Hicks Farm has been removed, understand that it now will appear in the Stour Valley Master plan, with key decision likely November/December 2014, no problem with that.

Having on Monday had the planning report on Berry Hill and the planned bridge to take these tankers away from Throop Village [Plan approved], it includes a contribution from Wessex Water for a potential to create a right of way, officers are to work with Dorset County Council on how best to evaluate the work and to see where out of the two locations is likely best served.

It is here where I need NOW to make my request that WITHIN THE MASTERPLAN, one does need to take into account the issue of equestrians[ horses riders]. We have over 120 horses within the Throop area, and they are unable in crossing the river, my report of THEN 2007 explains more.

I think over the coming months both authorities will be getting representations from the British horse society to make sure that the long endless promise and commitment for such a crossing becomes part of the plans for the Stour Valley.

I could go much further on this, but feel Bournemouth Council does retain much information, so will leave it here for now.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Julie Magee
9th November 2007
Connect 2, Crossing Throop

Hi Julie.

Back in 1992, the then rights of way at county [which I was also] had a very detailed report on the issue/problems that were being encountered in the Throop area since the major Stour flood prevention scheme was undertaken in the 70s, which resulted in horse riders being unable to cross the river at Pig-Shoot, result being that some 70 plus horses/riders had no safe crossing to exercise their horses south of the river and were trapped by the geographical limitations of the major roads and river. A bridge crossing would enable the horse riders then to gain access to the minor roads north of the river, at that time there was a possible solution with the existing bridge down stream [Holdenhurst Village] as a possible crossing for equestrians, but with the closure of Hurn Court School and subsequent redevelopment of the site with residential units, this option no longer existed as the new owners then refused such an access across this small bridge through their grounds.

Never the less the then county council continued to attempt to negotiate with the owners through out 1992-1996, and that time other options were put forward, provision of the crossing at Pig-Shoot by a new bridge, or widening of the existing Weir bridge and upgrading of the existing connecting footpath to the bridleway, then also looked at compulsory creation of a bridleway over the old school bridge and then through the hurn grounds. After many endless talks there continued to be strong opposition from the two main landowners to establish the bridleway through hurn court other then concern was unauthorised use by motorcyclists, all this being in 1997.

So one can see after some five years plus no nearer our achieving our crossing, in may 1997 the possible router through Hicks Farm was looked at, but then due to stock management, it was felt that it was not suitable, so back to Pig-Shoot again which at that time seems to gain the majority support including SUSTRANS, who are now involved in the project, estimated then for this crossing was £150,000 [1997], it was then decided that Pig-Shoot was the least nuisance and concern to landowners in Throop and Hurn and would be that of the ancient severed public highway through Pig-Shoot ford.

So what has gone wrong, it seems from 1997 that the major hurdle then became funding, with it seems no council capital monies being available by both County Christchurch, Bournemouth, and then it became it seems, difficulties with the landowners of the estate, i.e. using the ancient road.

SO JULIE THIS IS JUST A SHORT BACKGROUND TOUCH, BELIEVE ME ON THE HISTORY, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, COSTS INCREASE. AND NOW THIS LOTTERY BID IS SO IMPORTANT TO ACHIEVING OUR SO LONG STRUGGLE TO HAVE THIS SAFE CROSSING OVER THE STOUR, THE PRESENT WEIR BRIDGE IS SOME FORTY PLUS YEARS OLD AND IS DUE FOR REMEDIAL WORKS, SO WITH THE BID WE CAN ACHIEVE A PROPER CROSSING FOR BOTH CYCLISTS, WALKERS AND ABOVE ALL THE HORSE RIDERS. This together with making the whole route friendly to travel on for young and old, disable groups who at present are seriously denied good access. It is a win for all, but one must remember if we DON'T GET THESE VOTES, THIS MONEY WILL GO ELSEWHERE. SO LETS PLEASE ENSURE AFTER 16 PLUS YEARS OF CAMPAIGNING THAT BOURNEMOUTH AND THE SURROUNDING CONURBATION SECURES THIS £300,000 TOWARDS THESE PROJECT.

JULIE HOPE THIS HELPS MANY THANKS.

Councillor Ron Whittaker