Proposals for Parish Councils
Christchurch Council (CBC) are seeking the views of residents in the setting up of Parishes within the Borough. The setting up of a Parish is a legally constituted organisation and can influence the way Christchurch moves forward whether we merge with Bournemouth and Poole or not. This is a very important time for Christchurch and we must try and at least preserve some of the environment we love. The draft Consultation can be completed on line at:
www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/christchurch-community-governance-review or you can collect hard copies from the Civic Offices in Bridge Street, the Tourist information Office in the High Street and local libraries. The Consultation is open until 20 July.
The draft recommendations from CBC state that they are suggesting 3 new Parishes in Christchurch in addition to Burton and Hurn. Walkford and Highcliffe, Mudeford Stanpit and Friars cliff and then a Christchurch Town Council consisting of the rest of the Borough which is presently unparished. However the CCA believes that Mudeford and Stanpit should be included in a Christchurch Town Council option with Friars Cliff joining with Walkford and Highcliffe. If you agree with the CCA there is space in the box at the end of each page on the Draft Consultation to state your personal preferences and that is where you should indicate your views at the bottom each page. The Consultation closes on 20 July so please make sure you submit your views before then.
We would emphasis that the setting up of Parishes within Christchurch has to be at the behest of residents living and working in our Borough and it is the residents who need to make the request to form Parishes and not the Borough Council. We are told residents views will be fully considered. It is important that you submit your views and ideas as we do not want a repeat of the Local Government Reorganisation Consultation where only a few hundred people submitted their views and we were landed with a possible merger with Bournemouth and Poole.
We do hope that you will be able to attend the Public Meeting being held on Thursday 28 June at 7 pm at the Christchurch Baptist Church when you can find out more about the proposal to set up Parishes in Christchurch and ask relevant questions. We are sure you will find it very interesting and informative and hopefully it will make it easier for you to make a decision as to the future of Christchurch.