Councillor Ron Whittaker Letter to Bournemouth Daily Echo

Update - 4th January 2012

Throop Church Bournemouth

Sir.

It is now well over 13 months [November 2010] after endless correspondence with Wessex Trust, owner of the former United Reform Church and adjoining Manse at Throop declared their intentions that the church would be occupied by the Bournemouth International church under a full repairing and insuring lease by Christmas, THAT BEING CHRISTMAS 2010. also the adjoining Manse would occupied by Tenants by February 2010 after works to refurbish.

As residents know only to well, both these lovely listed buildings [Church dates back to 1828] continue to remain empty even after repeated communications by our Principle Enforcement officer to the church owners. With now the buildings showing serious weather deterioration, more so with the church yard in a state of overgrown appearance. A number of children's graves in the front of the church date back to the 1800 centenary.

Over the past few year a former resident [Denis] travels from Romsey to cut the grass to the rear grave yard where his father and brother are buried, his brother being killed in 1943, flying a Lancaster Bomber. All of this at his own expense because of his love for this lovely Church building and peaceful place of rest.

Question is why with the re-assure given in and email in November 2010 by the church trust owners that these two listed building will be occupied. We continue here to await replies from the church owners !!

Cllr Ron Whittaker

35, Glenmeadows Drive, Kinson, Bournemouth, BHI0 5HQ.

Former Throop United Church and adjoining Manse listed buildings

Councillor Ron Whittaker Letter to Bournemouth Daily Echo

Sir,

With both the listed Church and the Manse now being closed for some two to three years, and the Church grounds in an overgrown appearance, both buildings are showing further signs of weather deterioration.

Last December (2010), we were given assurances by the Church owners [Wessex Trust] that they had an interest in the Church being occupied by the Bournemouth International Church, and with the Manse that work was to start before last Christmas (2010), with a view to the Manse being occupied by February of this year (2011).

Now, one year later, after endless letters from our Principle Enforcement Officer asking for confirmation as to whether the Bournemouth International Church are still showing interest and what the plans for the Manse are, we are still no further on.

Likewise after eights months, with regard to Throop Mill, and the damage to the section of the Roof and increasing Graffiti to the rear of this listed former Mill, we continue to see no evidence of the required repairs that have been made to the owners by our enforcement officer at Bournemouth Council.

Cllr Ron Whittaker

35, Glenmeadows Drive, Kinson, Bournemouth, BHI0 5HQ.