News - Hicks Farm - Q and A Environment Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel

NEW - Monday, 23rd June 2014 // UPDATED - Tuesday, 29th July 2014

UPDATED - Tuesday, 29th July 2014
NEW - Monday, 23rd June 2014

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
20th June 2014
RE: Q+A Environment Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel - Hicks Farm

Ed.

Thank you for this update, having spoken to Peter he told me about the sale board sign which naturally had upset him, so relieved that the council had no intention of selling, yes the windows were never repaired, late Dave Male and Peter when he was running the farm raised these issues on a number of occasions, and yes to the maintenance of the lawn.

Other issue will soon have to be addressed is the listed barn front Throop road. And outer buildings, all of which in 2008 had the support of being taken THEN forward for the then exciting" outdoor learning and interpretation centre and working farm".

Plans being it was to serve as an and operation base for the countryside team environment education.

All of this change in September 2008 when then Roger Brown informed me the project is" not included in the councils capital programme and is not a priority for this administration,", all of this came as a blow to many of us who had worked so hard to see this project taken forward including knowing much would then depend on potential of funding sources.

Any way we are where we are now, we await how we deal with all this issues and the Stour Valley Master plan as it relates to Hicks Farm.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Edward Alexander, Contract Manager, Housing, Parks and Bereavement Services, Bournemouth Council
20th June 2014
RE: Q+A Environment Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel - Hicks Farm

Dear Cllr Whittaker

The farm seems to be ticking along ok at present and I am not aware of any issues with the horse owners. The house itself was inspected by the Council's Building Client Manager and myself in April. The Building Manager instructed a survey to be carried out to price up a number of works on the property; replacement windows and damp in the downstairs rooms being the major issues. We are waiting for the survey results (some of which needed an external contractor to attend) and then for works to be approved, bearing in mind the house is listed.

Once any works have been completed it is proposed to rent the property via a business tenancy to an agent who will be permitted to sublet the property on a residential agreement that allows us to issue a 2 months' notice to quit. We would not be looking to serve any notice until the property is required for part of the larger re-shaping of the Hicks Farm site.

I have been passed today and removed a random 'for sale' board from an estate agent that had been firmly screwed into the gate and have also asked for the lawn to be cut so it looks more presentable in the interim period.

We will update once we have more information but at the moment there is little else to report, other than I am chasing to get the works completed as soon as possible. If you have any further questions then I am happy to discuss.

Regards,
Ed Alexander,
Contract Manager, Housing, Parks and Bereavement Services, Bournemouth Parks, Bournemouth Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Edward Alexander, Contract Manager, Housing, Parks and Bereavement Services, Bournemouth Council
19th June 2014
RE: Q+A Environment Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel - Hicks Farm

Ed,

Since the new tenant has taken over the farm, can one ask as to who will occupy the listed cottage and as Hicks is part of the plans for the Stour Valley master Plan as to how the new tenant is taking this forward, subject to response this might be a request for one of the panels later this year.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
28th March 2014
RE: Q+A Environment Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel - Hicks Farm

Ed.

Thank you for this detailed information and more so the friendly handshake, am pleased have a local resident in Roger Seare who really knows the area and cares about Throop and for the work put in by the late Dave Male and works then carried out by Pete Male. All of this gives me encouragement for the future of Hicks Farm, meantime thank you for all this support.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Edward Alexander, Contract Manager, Housing, Parks and Bereavement Services, Bournemouth Council
20th March 2014
RE: Q+A Environment Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel - Hicks Farm

Dear Councillors,

I can update on the position with Hicks Farm following a meeting on Tuesday. To enable us to continue to allow the existing horses to graze the farm (as required by Cabinet) and having taken advice from our agent we decided to split the agricultural and residential part of Hicks Farm for the short term and until the site plans have been fully worked up as part of the overall Stour Valley Master Plan. This decision was made to get best value out of the site and to enable a smooth transition for the horse owners.

We have agreed terms with Roger Seare (a neighbouring farmer) to run the agricultural/equestrian part of the site on a 3+1 year agreement. Roger will take over the arrangement of having horses on site, however the owners will have to agree and sign agreements with him, the previous tenant had no written agreements.

We do need to carry out some work on the house but are looking to get this let as soon as possible again on a short term agreement. It is important at this stage that we retain the house and farm as a unit to enable a long term plan to have as much flexibility as possible.

Cllr Whittaker, agreement was amicably reached with Peter and his agent over the house and all should be moving forward for next week and the meeting concluded with a friendly handshake.

Regards,
Ed Alexander,
Contract Manager, Housing, Parks and Bereavement Services, Bournemouth Parks, Bournemouth Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Edward Alexander, Contract Manager, Housing, Parks and Bereavement Services, Bournemouth Council
14th March 2014
Q+A Environment Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel

Ed, hi.

As I know you are aware asked my question at the panel yesterday, Lawrence gave the reply. Will naturally be interested in who the new farm manager and the plans for grazing etc, which I trust will continue with the present arrangement with the local community on stabling horses within the fields etc. Am somewhat surprised that this agreement exclude the present farmhouse, which we both know little if anything was ever spent on the house. One looks at the window frames and general condition of the building, knowing the late Dave spent thousands internally. New Kitchens / Carpets. Anyway am hoping that some agreement was reached with Peter and the agents, no doubt in time I will hear more, will naturally be following events very closely.

Councillor Ron Whittaker