News - Bournemouth Council update on various issues within the Throop and Muscliff Ward Spring-Summer 2015

NEW - Monday, 15th June 2015

NEW - Monday, 15th June 2015

Bournemouth Council update on various issues within the Throop and Muscliff Ward from Michael Rowland - 9th June 2015

Information supplied by former Councillor Ron Whittaker

Throop Road to Pig Shoot Lane

The outline design for a permissive shared use off-road route connecting Throop Rd, Bournemouth to Pig Shoot Lane, Hurn over the weir bridge has been completed by Sustrans. This is a joint project between Bournemouth's Parks and Transport teams working in partnership with Dorset County Council's rights of way officer. Flood defence consent has been agreed by the Environment Agency. Project costs are being estimated and a phased delivery schedule determined. It is hoped the section from Throop Lane to the weir can be completed this summer subject to costs being approved and work commitments of the term contractor. The phases of work over the river will follow, but are obviously in the hands of Dorset County Council.

Stour Valley Barn

  • We're awaiting a response (due mid July) from Heritage Lottery Fund regarding an application for £60k for 2 years of activities to be based at the Barn / in conjunction with RSPB to develop the audience to a point where we can justifiably seek further funding for Hicks Farm proposals.
  • The garden development is well underway - overwhelming positive approval from public.
  • We're working on modest proposals for modifications to the barn with in-house architect. Subject to planning and funding we hope to be moving on this late in the year.

Hicks Farm

  • We've revisited the Williams Lester 2009 proposals for retention / demolition of buildings.
  • We've had an initial exploration of ideas and aspirations which is being drawn up as a simple sketch plan by an in-house architect.
  • Early stage discussions have been held with planners and highways regarding potential issues (fairly positive thus far).
  • Progress made with attracting interest from RSPB and National Trust with a view to 'investment' at Hicks and Throop Mill - with a meeting set for September to bring parties together.
  • We'd aim to develop some ideas later in the year to the point we can start talking to the community about thoughts and ideas a little more.
  • We're aiming to re-let the cottage for a 2-3 year period shortly, which allows us to consider how it may form part of a future plan.

Michael Rowland,
Head of Parks Development, Bournemouth Borough Council