“We’ve been treated shabbily” – residents hit out over Wessex Water plans for temporary compound on rec

Cllr Pat Oakley

Cllr Pat Oakley

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WESSEX Water has been accused of treating residents “shabbily” with its plans to build a temporary compound on Winton Recreation Ground.

The water company wants to put a site office, welfare unit, two fuel stores and large storage container on the recreation ground while it carries out much-needed flood prevention works at Trafalgar Road, Alma Road and Stokewood Road.

The compound would use 50 square metres of the large sports field behind the children’s play area for six months, sparking concerns about the loss of open space, increased noise and the possibility it could set a precedent.

Winton East councillor Pat Oakley said that while he supports the flood alleviation scheme, he is concerned Wessex Water has not properly considered alternative sites and has not carried out prior consultation with residents.

Wessex Water has organised a drop-in session for residents but this will not take place until after their application has been considered by Bournemouth’s planning committee.

Cllr Oakley said: “Nobody wants to halt or hinder the flood alleviation works but I feel Wessex Water have treated the local people of Winton very shabbily. It falls below the standards we would expect from a major utility company.

“I don’t believe they have looked hard enough at some of the alternative sites for this – Meyrick Park is the most obvious.”

Wessex Water spokesman George Keast said: “A number of locations were considered for the location of the compound for the flood alleviation works.

“Due to various factors including the amount of space required, disruption to residents and significant health and safety issues, Winton Recreation Ground was deemed the most suitable site.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these essential works and would urge anyone who would like more information to attend our drop-in session at Winton Recreation Ground between 10am and 8pm on Wednesday, August 20.”

Planning officers are recommending councillors approve the application, which will be considered at the public planning meeting on Monday.

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3:31pm Sun 17 Aug 14

big Zeeee says...

......the people who are complaining are properly the first ones to complain when flooded or dont care because they arnt affected!!
......the people who are complaining are properly the first ones to complain when flooded or dont care because they arnt affected!! big Zeeee
  • Score: 22

3:34pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

Regardless of what any councillor may say, there is no way that Wessex Water could even think about this plan without first gaining prior permission from the council. So I am a little bit confused about what Cllr Oakley is actually saying here.

As this is 'Public' land (note I did not say Council land), should the council agree to such a plan I am pretty sure that they will need to give the public back the same space somewhere else, if the same space is available then surely it must be far simpler for Wessex Water to use that.
Regardless of what any councillor may say, there is no way that Wessex Water could even think about this plan without first gaining prior permission from the council. So I am a little bit confused about what Cllr Oakley is actually saying here. As this is 'Public' land (note I did not say Council land), should the council agree to such a plan I am pretty sure that they will need to give the public back the same space somewhere else, if the same space is available then surely it must be far simpler for Wessex Water to use that. Marty Caine
  • Score: -11

3:36pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Chriswood says...

Er, temporary only! Just get a life Oakley.
Er, temporary only! Just get a life Oakley. Chriswood
  • Score: 28

3:59pm Sun 17 Aug 14

downmoor-ch63 says...

That's, what is known as not PLAYING CRICKET!.
That's, what is known as not PLAYING CRICKET!. downmoor-ch63
  • Score: -7

4:19pm Sun 17 Aug 14

madras says...

Unbelievable - thousands of people in UK would love robust flood prevention, and you complain about a minor loss of land for a few months. How NOT to court sympathy or support!
Unbelievable - thousands of people in UK would love robust flood prevention, and you complain about a minor loss of land for a few months. How NOT to court sympathy or support! madras
  • Score: 29

6:41pm Sun 17 Aug 14

crazybird says...

Why can't they use the overflow carpark area on Stokewood Road at the gym? That's owned by the council and it's also very close to the work they want to carry out.
Why can't they use the overflow carpark area on Stokewood Road at the gym? That's owned by the council and it's also very close to the work they want to carry out. crazybird
  • Score: -4

7:12pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

“I don’t believe they have looked hard enough at some of the alternative sites for this – Meyrick Park is the most obvious.”

Cllr Oakley seems well conversed in civil engineering and logistics.
“I don’t believe they have looked hard enough at some of the alternative sites for this – Meyrick Park is the most obvious.” Cllr Oakley seems well conversed in civil engineering and logistics. Lord Spring
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Redgolfer says...

Flood alleviation works, I cannot recall any floods around that area, last time I looked it was miles away from SEA and RIVER but no doubt if true someone will correct me on this forum, a bit confused.
Flood alleviation works, I cannot recall any floods around that area, last time I looked it was miles away from SEA and RIVER but no doubt if true someone will correct me on this forum, a bit confused. Redgolfer
  • Score: -3

7:53pm Sun 17 Aug 14

big Zeeee says...

Redgolfer wrote:
Flood alleviation works, I cannot recall any floods around that area, last time I looked it was miles away from SEA and RIVER but no doubt if true someone will correct me on this forum, a bit confused.
All the sewer networks in the area are combined so all surface water and foul enter the same network so in bad weather its to stop properties flooding by possibly adding storage tanks
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: Flood alleviation works, I cannot recall any floods around that area, last time I looked it was miles away from SEA and RIVER but no doubt if true someone will correct me on this forum, a bit confused.[/p][/quote]All the sewer networks in the area are combined so all surface water and foul enter the same network so in bad weather its to stop properties flooding by possibly adding storage tanks big Zeeee
  • Score: 3

7:59pm Sun 17 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Planning officers recommend approval reads "they have approval" god help any cllr that goes against an officer
Planning officers recommend approval reads "they have approval" god help any cllr that goes against an officer bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 3

9:21pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

big Zeeee wrote:
......the people who are complaining are properly the first ones to complain when flooded or dont care because they arnt affected!!
Or then they might be the ones that fully realise that even if this was a temporary thing, which I very much doubt because the problems of flooding won't suddenly stop. If they did remove whatever Wessex water put there the council would then be able to change that part of the rec as undesignated land like they did at Chichester Walk Rec in Merley and then the public would probably lose that land permanently.
[quote][p][bold]big Zeeee[/bold] wrote: ......the people who are complaining are properly the first ones to complain when flooded or dont care because they arnt affected!![/p][/quote]Or then they might be the ones that fully realise that even if this was a temporary thing, which I very much doubt because the problems of flooding won't suddenly stop. If they did remove whatever Wessex water put there the council would then be able to change that part of the rec as undesignated land like they did at Chichester Walk Rec in Merley and then the public would probably lose that land permanently. Marty Caine
  • Score: -3

11:50pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

How did this rubbish make the news?!
How did this rubbish make the news?! Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 1

7:37am Mon 18 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

Marty Caine wrote:
big Zeeee wrote:
......the people who are complaining are properly the first ones to complain when flooded or dont care because they arnt affected!!
Or then they might be the ones that fully realise that even if this was a temporary thing, which I very much doubt because the problems of flooding won't suddenly stop. If they did remove whatever Wessex water put there the council would then be able to change that part of the rec as undesignated land like they did at Chichester Walk Rec in Merley and then the public would probably lose that land permanently.
Any permanent drainage insulation such as attenuation tanks are situated below ground for obvious reason.

I can not recall any protestation years ago when a complete football pitch was out action in Kings Park or part of Queens Park was used as a site when a foul water drain was being installed diverting sewerage inland from the sea outfalls.
All that is now visible are a few inspection chambers covers .

The navies were working literally under pressure and had undergo decompression at the end of their shift.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]big Zeeee[/bold] wrote: ......the people who are complaining are properly the first ones to complain when flooded or dont care because they arnt affected!![/p][/quote]Or then they might be the ones that fully realise that even if this was a temporary thing, which I very much doubt because the problems of flooding won't suddenly stop. If they did remove whatever Wessex water put there the council would then be able to change that part of the rec as undesignated land like they did at Chichester Walk Rec in Merley and then the public would probably lose that land permanently.[/p][/quote]Any permanent drainage insulation such as attenuation tanks are situated below ground for obvious reason. I can not recall any protestation years ago when a complete football pitch was out action in Kings Park or part of Queens Park was used as a site when a foul water drain was being installed diverting sewerage inland from the sea outfalls. All that is now visible are a few inspection chambers covers . The navies were working literally under pressure and had undergo decompression at the end of their shift. Lord Spring
  • Score: 2

11:20am Mon 18 Aug 14

bogtrotter says...

Surely dog walkers will be annoyed at this as they'd need to go somewhere to take them for a dump?
Surely dog walkers will be annoyed at this as they'd need to go somewhere to take them for a dump? bogtrotter
  • Score: 0

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