News - Berry Hill Appeal Decision

NEW - Wednesday, 31st December 2014 // UPDATED - Friday, 6th March 2015 // UPDATED - Tuesday, 21st April 2015 // UPDATED - Monday, 22nd June 2015

UPDATED - Monday, 22nd June 2015

Email Reply from Ron Whittaker
18th June 2015
RE: Berry hill bridge

Stuart.

Thank you for getting back and for the update.

It is what you say about Bournemouth Borough Council land holding that worries me, trust this will not further delay the start of the scheme next year and all approvals from the board in September, it taken as we know many years to get to this stage with the amount of work put in by yourself and our officers let along myself, have copied in Steve who is shortly to leave in retirement.

Ron Whittaker

Email from Stuart Lewis - Wessex Water to Ron Whittaker
18th June 2015
RE: Berry hill bridge

Ron,

We're just about to go out to tender on the scheme as we got held up in final discussions with one of the landowners to the North. Interestingly, I believe we're still trying to finalise details associated with the Bournemouth Borough Council owned land, though the action may now be back on us.

Once we've got tendered prices and confirmed we're still within budget, we can go to our Board for final approval. Only when that's done can we release money to allow the land purchasing to be finalised and the procurement of the bridge etc.; and at present that's not going to happen until the end of September. The current plan is still to start on site in April 2016.

Regards,
Stuart,
Wessex Water

UPDATED - Tuesday, 21st April 2015

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
17th April 2015
RE: Berry Hill Appeal Decision

Stuart.

Many thanks for this update as requested, am copying my ward colleague Cllr Anne, who is standing in the elections, am sure residents will ensure Anne is returned so she will be your point of contact in future.

Think it is disappointing but understandable the reasons for the delay in not starting on site until April 2016.

Once again thank you Stuart.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email from Stuart Lewis - Wessex Water to Councillor Ron Whittaker
17th April 2015
RE: Berry Hill Appeal Decision

Ron,

We now have the documents ready to go out to tender, but have been holding back pending ongoing discussions with Mr Lucas-Rowe and the Dampney Estate concerning the land to the north. Mr Lucas-Rowe was having a meeting with his agent yesterday morning and we're waiting for feedback so we know where we are.

I understand that discussions are ongoing with Bournemouth Estates (Gary Platt) concerning the land to the south.

The proposed bridge suppliers have been to site to have a look at practical issues such as access and working areas and are happy with what's currently being proposed.

Unfortunately, we are not able to start this Spring and in reality we won't be able to start on site until the end of July at the earliest - which then means we are launching the bridge in November / December; far from ideal. The consequence of all this is that we're now looking at delaying the start on site until next Spring (April '16), which means construction would be completed by mid-September.

The wording of the S106 agreements have been agreed by both Bournemouth and Dorset respectively, so we can continue to get those signed off before we do start.

Regards,
Stuart,
Wessex Water

UPDATED - Friday, 6th March 2015

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
6th March 2015
RE: Berry Hill Appeal Decision

Steve can someone chase up Gary Platt so Wessex Water can start the process now all planning approval secure by the planning Inspector, as it is now not likely to see the start of construction as first planned in May / June, cannot believe the endless problems we are accounting here, let alone with Christchurch / Hurn, thankfully the Inspector DID NOT SUPPORT THEIR ENDLESS OBJECTIONS, we need to now to move this forward and help Stuart and Wessex Water to secure and early start.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email from Stuart Lewis - Wessex Water to Councillor Ron Whittaker
6th March 2015
RE: Berry Hill Appeal Decision

Ron,

We held the final design review on the scheme on Monday and are looking to get it out to tender in early April. Unfortunately delivery this year has been delayed because we couldn't get on to complete the site investigations until the result of the appeal was known. We were going to go for Board approval later this month, but have held off until June on the basis that we will have tendered costs available by then.

The S106 agreement has now been finalised with Bournemouth, but we haven't heard anything from Gary Platt in Estates - I've asked our Estates team to try and get in touch again.

Our programme currently has us starting on site in July, but that would mean launching the bridge itself in November, which is not ideal. We may look at splitting the construction - do as much as we can this year and then come back in the Spring. We might even look at delaying the start until the Spring, but we'd need to look at the impact of that on the golf course. We'll know more once we've been out to tender.

Cheers,
Stuart,
Wessex Water

NEW - Wednesday, 31st December 2014

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
30th December 2014
RE: Berry Hill Appeal Decision

Steve.

Yes clearly the only way forward here is now to concentrate our efforts on the route via Hicks Farm, which itself overcomes our concerns regarding the poor access to the rear of Throop mill, which is steep, narrow, and as we know in wet/icy conditions can be dangerous, all this issue were addressed in an email from the chairperson of the sports Forum for disabled, supporting the new path on the 23rd October.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email from Steve Davies - Development Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Council
30th December 2014
RE: Berry Hill Appeal Decision

Still waiting for the 106 to be signed - I will chase.

The incorporation of a pedestrian route over the new bridge is very unlikely at the moment as it will be expensive and will require access rights to be negotiated with the land owner north of the river (who is currently reluctant) but in the future this could be explored as the bridge will be designed to allow this. However, I understand that the monies provided in the 106 will allow Michal Rowland's team to possibly bring forward the link via Hicks Farm.

Cheers,
Steve Davies,
Development Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Council

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
30th December 2014
RE: Berry Hill Appeal Decision

Stuart.

Have we as yet any news on the 106 and as to the likely route for cyclist / walkers, will it be via the new bridge incorporating the design features with abutments to allow the parallel crossing or the alternative money from the 106 to create a route via hicks farm, as I won't be around in May to see hopefully a start made on the long campaign [2009] to secure the crossing so Throop village residents can see the heavy Sludge 12 wheel tankers removed from the village.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email from Stuart Lewis - Wessex Water to Councillor Ron Whittaker
8th December 2014
RE: Berry Hill Appeal Decision

Ron,

We are reviewing the 106 this afternoon - there are a few changes proposed by Nicola that we don't understand, but we will come back on those.

Concerning the progress at the moment, we're on with completion of the design and looking to start on site round about May / June next year - still on track at the moment. I've got to go for main Board approval for the scheme in March, but that should hopefully be a formality.

Cheers,
Stuart,
Wessex Water