Councillor's challenge to Top Gear: put me in your reasonably priced car and I'll show you Christchurch isn't just for old people

Councillor's challenge to Top Gear: put me in your reasonably priced car and I'll show you Christchurch isn't just for old people

Councillor's challenge to Top Gear: put me in your reasonably priced car and I'll show you Christchurch isn't just for old people

First published in News
Last updated

AN episode of Top Gear filmed in Christchurch was criticised by borough councillors, insisting Christchurch was not just full of old people.

Presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond were in the historic borough famed for its elderly population, designing a car especially tailored for older people.

The show went out on Sunday night and featured three pensioners from Sunrise Senior Living of Southbourne, in Bournemouth.

Cllr Ray Nottage, leader of the council, questioned at a meeting of the full council on Tuesday, why Christchurch was portrayed as “some sort of extension to a massive old people's home.”

He also invited the cheeky pair to put a councillor in a reasonably priced car.

Addressing the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Peter Hall, he said: “If you experienced as I did the BBC presentation of Christchurch on Top Gear on Sunday evening, you as I am sure, would wonder why this dynamic, vibrant community is constantly described as some sort of extension to a massive old people's home.

“So just by way of advice I wonder if you agree with me that our audit and scrutiny committee should call Clarkson and Hammond before them so that they can better appreciate our young people, our dynamic economy, brilliant schools and great community, indeed all the fantastic attributes of this borough in a much more balanced way.

“It could be that we could ask Top Gear to put a councillor in a reasonably priced car.

“I did see that Clarkson had to journey to Bournemouth to find some delightful, and I have to say, elderly ladies and why he did not display his infamous and as he describes aphrodisiac hand brake turn while they luxuriated in the back seat of his vehicle.”

The show saw the car fanatics transform a Fiat Multipla into a car fit for elderly people, painting it the same colour as a hearing aid, installing comfy armchairs in the back, with a cat cage on the roof.

The transformed vehicle was then driven around the borough and up to Westbourne to the bingo hall there as well.

Comments (42)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:01pm Thu 28 Feb 13

mmmmmmm says...

Is Mr Nottage a reptillian overlord?
Is Mr Nottage a reptillian overlord? mmmmmmm
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Hessenford says...

Councillor's challenge to Top Gear: put me in your reasonably priced car and I'll show you Christchurch isn't just for old people.
.
Really, have you ever tried to get into a post office on a Monday morning, cant move for wrinklies.
Councillor's challenge to Top Gear: put me in your reasonably priced car and I'll show you Christchurch isn't just for old people. . Really, have you ever tried to get into a post office on a Monday morning, cant move for wrinklies. Hessenford
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Thu 28 Feb 13

skydriver says...

mmmmmmm wrote:
Is Mr Nottage a reptillian overlord?
Em maybe, although he is one of those the programme spoke of.
Over the hill, comes to mind.
[quote][p][bold]mmmmmmm[/bold] wrote: Is Mr Nottage a reptillian overlord?[/p][/quote]Em maybe, although he is one of those the programme spoke of. Over the hill, comes to mind. skydriver
  • Score: 0

12:22pm Thu 28 Feb 13

master plan says...

If you was a star!! Jeremy clakson is right on what he is saying the only car accident I ever had was in xchurch and guest what it was an74 old woman looking at the wrong lights!!!
If you was a star!! Jeremy clakson is right on what he is saying the only car accident I ever had was in xchurch and guest what it was an74 old woman looking at the wrong lights!!! master plan
  • Score: 0

12:22pm Thu 28 Feb 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

Hardly a spring chicken himself. Christchurch is Gods waiting room. It's nice though when you want somewhere quiet and peaceful.
.
Who on Earth would be interested in seeing a councillor on Top Gear? Last week Lewis Hamilton this week some old nugget from Christchurch! Great.
Hardly a spring chicken himself. Christchurch is Gods waiting room. It's nice though when you want somewhere quiet and peaceful. . Who on Earth would be interested in seeing a councillor on Top Gear? Last week Lewis Hamilton this week some old nugget from Christchurch! Great. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 0

12:30pm Thu 28 Feb 13

skydriver says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Hardly a spring chicken himself. Christchurch is Gods waiting room. It's nice though when you want somewhere quiet and peaceful.
.
Who on Earth would be interested in seeing a councillor on Top Gear? Last week Lewis Hamilton this week some old nugget from Christchurch! Great.
Well said, this man really thinks a lot of himself, trouble is he thinks he does a great job.......
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Hardly a spring chicken himself. Christchurch is Gods waiting room. It's nice though when you want somewhere quiet and peaceful. . Who on Earth would be interested in seeing a councillor on Top Gear? Last week Lewis Hamilton this week some old nugget from Christchurch! Great.[/p][/quote]Well said, this man really thinks a lot of himself, trouble is he thinks he does a great job....... skydriver
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Thu 28 Feb 13

AD2007 says...

Christchurch and Bournemouth has always been known as being full of oldies.

Top Gear is a bit of fun, it could have been worse they could have been building a boy racer car for the Westover Circuit!
Christchurch and Bournemouth has always been known as being full of oldies. Top Gear is a bit of fun, it could have been worse they could have been building a boy racer car for the Westover Circuit! AD2007
  • Score: 0

12:34pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?
The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder? Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Thu 28 Feb 13

richt says...

It would be interesting to see who they would choose to represent the younger people in the borough. Hopefully someone who has been in support of growth and forward thinking (such as the Morrisions development plans)
It would be interesting to see who they would choose to represent the younger people in the borough. Hopefully someone who has been in support of growth and forward thinking (such as the Morrisions development plans) richt
  • Score: 0

12:50pm Thu 28 Feb 13

point--of--view says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?
It’s ironic that Christchurch Hospital is in the process of being sold off to build yet more expensive OAP homes. Another 156 in total.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?[/p][/quote]It’s ironic that Christchurch Hospital is in the process of being sold off to build yet more expensive OAP homes. Another 156 in total. point--of--view
  • Score: 0

1:04pm Thu 28 Feb 13

MJD says...

Christchurch reminds me of the TV series. Waiting for God. More life in a church yard except for Monday market.
Christchurch reminds me of the TV series. Waiting for God. More life in a church yard except for Monday market. MJD
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Bambamthe1st says...

There's more life on mars than there is in Christchurch
There's more life on mars than there is in Christchurch Bambamthe1st
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Thu 28 Feb 13

speedy231278 says...

It's supposed to be a star in a reasonably priced car, not an overpaid councillor who no-one has heard of!
It's supposed to be a star in a reasonably priced car, not an overpaid councillor who no-one has heard of! speedy231278
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Highway Engineer says...

At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch
At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch Highway Engineer
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Highway Engineer wrote:
At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch
Hope I've got a fine head of hair like that when I'm 70.
[quote][p][bold]Highway Engineer[/bold] wrote: At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch[/p][/quote]Hope I've got a fine head of hair like that when I'm 70. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Thu 28 Feb 13

arti273 says...

I didn't think the programme was particularly critical of Christchurch, it merely pointed out the statistical facts. It was very humourous and entertaining as the producers intended.

Either he just wants to get on the telly (do something worthwhile and that will happen) or have a drive around Dunsfold (available for £49). If he really insists on wasting anymore public funded time on this, then he should be challenging Executive Producer Andy Wilman. Andy will have mapped out much of the production plan and ideas for the feature and his line producer will have chosen Christchurch as a filming location. JC and Hammond just turn up and do two days filming as per their contract with BBC Worldwide. I've always found Andy's responses to this sort of critisism very interesting and measured.

Every part of the world has a reputation for something. Christchurch's could be a lot lot worse.
I didn't think the programme was particularly critical of Christchurch, it merely pointed out the statistical facts. It was very humourous and entertaining as the producers intended. Either he just wants to get on the telly (do something worthwhile and that will happen) or have a drive around Dunsfold (available for £49). If he really insists on wasting anymore public funded time on this, then he should be challenging Executive Producer Andy Wilman. Andy will have mapped out much of the production plan and ideas for the feature and his line producer will have chosen Christchurch as a filming location. JC and Hammond just turn up and do two days filming as per their contract with BBC Worldwide. I've always found Andy's responses to this sort of critisism very interesting and measured. Every part of the world has a reputation for something. Christchurch's could be a lot lot worse. arti273
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Lord Spring says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Highway Engineer wrote:
At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch
Hope I've got a fine head of hair like that when I'm 70.
Can you see the join.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highway Engineer[/bold] wrote: At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch[/p][/quote]Hope I've got a fine head of hair like that when I'm 70.[/p][/quote]Can you see the join. Lord Spring
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Thu 28 Feb 13

skydriver says...

Highway Engineer wrote:
At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch
Is that all he is!
[quote][p][bold]Highway Engineer[/bold] wrote: At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch[/p][/quote]Is that all he is! skydriver
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Thu 28 Feb 13

BIGTONE says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Highway Engineer wrote:
At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch
Hope I've got a fine head of hair like that when I'm 70.
I can't see the join......
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highway Engineer[/bold] wrote: At over 70 (DoB reported at 1941) Cllr Ray Nottage is one of the old people of Christchurch[/p][/quote]Hope I've got a fine head of hair like that when I'm 70.[/p][/quote]I can't see the join...... BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

1:58pm Thu 28 Feb 13

skydriver says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?
At a guess 70 plus........unless they would to tell us otherwise.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?[/p][/quote]At a guess 70 plus........unless they would to tell us otherwise. skydriver
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Thu 28 Feb 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

AD2007 wrote:
Christchurch and Bournemouth has always been known as being full of oldies. Top Gear is a bit of fun, it could have been worse they could have been building a boy racer car for the Westover Circuit!
Lol I've worked in London 10yrs plus now. The opinion is generally the same even for Bmth. I keep trying to tell them it's a Uni town now but the opinion still remains.
.
Funny though I don't think anyone outside of Bmth would've heard of the Westover circuit.
[quote][p][bold]AD2007[/bold] wrote: Christchurch and Bournemouth has always been known as being full of oldies. Top Gear is a bit of fun, it could have been worse they could have been building a boy racer car for the Westover Circuit![/p][/quote]Lol I've worked in London 10yrs plus now. The opinion is generally the same even for Bmth. I keep trying to tell them it's a Uni town now but the opinion still remains. . Funny though I don't think anyone outside of Bmth would've heard of the Westover circuit. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Thu 28 Feb 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?
OMG Tucktonia!! Now you have made me feel old.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?[/p][/quote]OMG Tucktonia!! Now you have made me feel old. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Thu 28 Feb 13

WOC says...

I'd happily run him over in a reasonably priced car!
I'd happily run him over in a reasonably priced car! WOC
  • Score: 0

3:51pm Thu 28 Feb 13

hadvar says...

WOC wrote:
I'd happily run him over in a reasonably priced car!
More people would tune in to see that, than to see him do a lap.
[quote][p][bold]WOC[/bold] wrote: I'd happily run him over in a reasonably priced car![/p][/quote]More people would tune in to see that, than to see him do a lap. hadvar
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Thu 28 Feb 13

The Witch says...

See once again the often repeated comments on here about wrinklies. We all will grow old one day, it is a fact of life. What would you have done with the oldens, have them put down at a certain age? Hitler lives on!!
See once again the often repeated comments on here about wrinklies. We all will grow old one day, it is a fact of life. What would you have done with the oldens, have them put down at a certain age? Hitler lives on!! The Witch
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Lord Spring says...

The Witch wrote:
See once again the often repeated comments on here about wrinklies. We all will grow old one day, it is a fact of life. What would you have done with the oldens, have them put down at a certain age? Hitler lives on!!
Are you old one, Hitler tried to get rid of with me when I was young, I am a wrinklie and enjoying life, join in it is fun
[quote][p][bold]The Witch[/bold] wrote: See once again the often repeated comments on here about wrinklies. We all will grow old one day, it is a fact of life. What would you have done with the oldens, have them put down at a certain age? Hitler lives on!![/p][/quote]Are you old one, Hitler tried to get rid of with me when I was young, I am a wrinklie and enjoying life, join in it is fun Lord Spring
  • Score: 0

9:19pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Justin Black says...

Councillor Nottage, isn't it time you did everyone a favour and let someone else take over as Leader.
Of course Christchurch is full of elderly people, the Census tells us that. There is nothing whatsoever in Christchurch for the younger generations. Clarkson and co. were just trying to put a bit of humour in this life where the current government don't care about old people, or anyone who is not a millionaire.
And why the hell would Top Gear wish to put a Councillor in a car round their test track, or is this a ploy to get oneself on TV again?
Councillor Nottage, isn't it time you did everyone a favour and let someone else take over as Leader. Of course Christchurch is full of elderly people, the Census tells us that. There is nothing whatsoever in Christchurch for the younger generations. Clarkson and co. were just trying to put a bit of humour in this life where the current government don't care about old people, or anyone who is not a millionaire. And why the hell would Top Gear wish to put a Councillor in a car round their test track, or is this a ploy to get oneself on TV again? Justin Black
  • Score: 0

11:22pm Thu 28 Feb 13

GAHmusic says...

I see another top job by the echo researcher, the picture at the top is from a different episode that I'm fairly certain was not shot locally
I see another top job by the echo researcher, the picture at the top is from a different episode that I'm fairly certain was not shot locally GAHmusic
  • Score: 0

12:21am Fri 1 Mar 13

Sadrojc says...

Clarkson is clarkson, whatever he says he is going to upset somebody, and if you think he is going to say something that might get to you then don't watch him or let him in your town/country. I think he is a great presenter, for seven weeks at a time we get a break from months of X factor, dancing on ice, countless celebrity program's (with so called celebrities I have never heard of), Britons got talent, ect for just one hour a week where three guys have a laugh and a bit of fun. Don't take clarkson to seriously. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? Keep it up guys love the show.
Clarkson is clarkson, whatever he says he is going to upset somebody, and if you think he is going to say something that might get to you then don't watch him or let him in your town/country. I think he is a great presenter, for seven weeks at a time we get a break from months of X factor, dancing on ice, countless celebrity program's (with so called celebrities I have never heard of), Britons got talent, ect for just one hour a week where three guys have a laugh and a bit of fun. Don't take clarkson to seriously. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? Keep it up guys love the show. Sadrojc
  • Score: 0

7:36am Fri 1 Mar 13

miniminime says...

Sadrojc wrote:
Clarkson is clarkson, whatever he says he is going to upset somebody, and if you think he is going to say something that might get to you then don't watch him or let him in your town/country. I think he is a great presenter, for seven weeks at a time we get a break from months of X factor, dancing on ice, countless celebrity program's (with so called celebrities I have never heard of), Britons got talent, ect for just one hour a week where three guys have a laugh and a bit of fun. Don't take clarkson to seriously. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? Keep it up guys love the show.
Well said. The councillor is pathetic
[quote][p][bold]Sadrojc[/bold] wrote: Clarkson is clarkson, whatever he says he is going to upset somebody, and if you think he is going to say something that might get to you then don't watch him or let him in your town/country. I think he is a great presenter, for seven weeks at a time we get a break from months of X factor, dancing on ice, countless celebrity program's (with so called celebrities I have never heard of), Britons got talent, ect for just one hour a week where three guys have a laugh and a bit of fun. Don't take clarkson to seriously. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? Keep it up guys love the show.[/p][/quote]Well said. The councillor is pathetic miniminime
  • Score: 0

8:34am Fri 1 Mar 13

skydriver says...

Justin Black wrote:
Councillor Nottage, isn't it time you did everyone a favour and let someone else take over as Leader.
Of course Christchurch is full of elderly people, the Census tells us that. There is nothing whatsoever in Christchurch for the younger generations. Clarkson and co. were just trying to put a bit of humour in this life where the current government don't care about old people, or anyone who is not a millionaire.
And why the hell would Top Gear wish to put a Councillor in a car round their test track, or is this a ploy to get oneself on TV again?
I agree, he should quit but I doubt he will he is on a nice little earner, has a lot to say upsets lots of people, and a pocket full of expenses as well. It is some regret this man will not go until he is pushed..........roll on next election.
[quote][p][bold]Justin Black[/bold] wrote: Councillor Nottage, isn't it time you did everyone a favour and let someone else take over as Leader. Of course Christchurch is full of elderly people, the Census tells us that. There is nothing whatsoever in Christchurch for the younger generations. Clarkson and co. were just trying to put a bit of humour in this life where the current government don't care about old people, or anyone who is not a millionaire. And why the hell would Top Gear wish to put a Councillor in a car round their test track, or is this a ploy to get oneself on TV again?[/p][/quote]I agree, he should quit but I doubt he will he is on a nice little earner, has a lot to say upsets lots of people, and a pocket full of expenses as well. It is some regret this man will not go until he is pushed..........roll on next election. skydriver
  • Score: 0

9:11am Fri 1 Mar 13

The Timelord says...

And on that bombshell....
And on that bombshell.... The Timelord
  • Score: 0

10:32am Fri 1 Mar 13

woby_tide says...

Justin Black wrote:
Councillor Nottage, isn't it time you did everyone a favour and let someone else take over as Leader.
Of course Christchurch is full of elderly people, the Census tells us that. There is nothing whatsoever in Christchurch for the younger generations. Clarkson and co. were just trying to put a bit of humour in this life where the current government don't care about old people, or anyone who is not a millionaire.
And why the hell would Top Gear wish to put a Councillor in a car round their test track, or is this a ploy to get oneself on TV again?
It is worrying that the leader of the Council isn't even aware of the demographics he represents. Suggests he isn't fit for the job anymore if he is confounded by the statistics that prove he is wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Justin Black[/bold] wrote: Councillor Nottage, isn't it time you did everyone a favour and let someone else take over as Leader. Of course Christchurch is full of elderly people, the Census tells us that. There is nothing whatsoever in Christchurch for the younger generations. Clarkson and co. were just trying to put a bit of humour in this life where the current government don't care about old people, or anyone who is not a millionaire. And why the hell would Top Gear wish to put a Councillor in a car round their test track, or is this a ploy to get oneself on TV again?[/p][/quote]It is worrying that the leader of the Council isn't even aware of the demographics he represents. Suggests he isn't fit for the job anymore if he is confounded by the statistics that prove he is wrong. woby_tide
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Fri 1 Mar 13

chiefwolf2 says...

Lived in Dorset for 38 years.....Christchur
ch IS full of old people ... everybody knows that!!!!!!!! .....and more importantly.... so what if JC says something negative... everything he says is taken with a pinch of salt...... or digestion tablets... if you live in Christchurch! :)
Lived in Dorset for 38 years.....Christchur ch IS full of old people ... everybody knows that!!!!!!!! .....and more importantly.... so what if JC says something negative... everything he says is taken with a pinch of salt...... or digestion tablets... if you live in Christchurch! :) chiefwolf2
  • Score: 0

2:22pm Fri 1 Mar 13

ghvf says...

I moved to Christchurch 5 years ago and the first thing I noticed was how bad the driving is here, and it is the old people who are dithery old drivers !!! I know they can be forgetfull...signal, manover (forget the 'look' part !)
Sitting in the fast lane driving at 20mph because they are turning right a mile down the road....well th list goes on forever. However, we love them really !!
I moved to Christchurch 5 years ago and the first thing I noticed was how bad the driving is here, and it is the old people who are dithery old drivers !!! I know they can be forgetfull...signal, manover (forget the 'look' part !) Sitting in the fast lane driving at 20mph because they are turning right a mile down the road....well th list goes on forever. However, we love them really !! ghvf
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Keffect says...

Ray Nottage needs to learn the Highway code first from the evidence I've witnessed of his driving. What a shame Top Gear didn't place him in the car they blew up.
Ray Nottage needs to learn the Highway code first from the evidence I've witnessed of his driving. What a shame Top Gear didn't place him in the car they blew up. Keffect
  • Score: 0

6:29pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Victor_Meldrew_ Jnr says...

Councillor Nottage, your popularity is growing with the dawn of each new day.

Isn't it time you stopped being an embarrassment to Christchurch. Stop now before you do anymore damage to this Borough, or cause any further embarassment to your fellow Councillors, and the Borough.as a whole.
Councillor Nottage, your popularity is growing with the dawn of each new day. Isn't it time you stopped being an embarrassment to Christchurch. Stop now before you do anymore damage to this Borough, or cause any further embarassment to your fellow Councillors, and the Borough.as a whole. Victor_Meldrew_ Jnr
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Yankee1 says...

Clarkson and Hammond both send their kids to prep schools where many old pupils live in Christchurch.

James May would applaud the fantastic choir at the Priory. James would love Christchurch.

The first two are merely making money by being offensive. That is their schtick. Both would retire here in a nanosecond.

Remember their words when they do.
Clarkson and Hammond both send their kids to prep schools where many old pupils live in Christchurch. James May would applaud the fantastic choir at the Priory. James would love Christchurch. The first two are merely making money by being offensive. That is their schtick. Both would retire here in a nanosecond. Remember their words when they do. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Sins66 says...

We have the LARGEST population of old people in england and all the old people are not local because the local old people have been forced out and all the young people have nothing
We have the LARGEST population of old people in england and all the old people are not local because the local old people have been forced out and all the young people have nothing Sins66
  • Score: 0

11:37pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Yankee1 says...

There is always Boscombe.

'Christchurch East'.

Even the main drag is called Christchurch Rd.

If all else fails, I understand property is cheap in Hull.
There is always Boscombe. 'Christchurch East'. Even the main drag is called Christchurch Rd. If all else fails, I understand property is cheap in Hull. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Dynamic and vibrant community???

Have you ever been to Sainsburys at lunchtime??

There is a word I could use to describe this but my nemesis would get offended by an innocuous word.
Dynamic and vibrant community??? Have you ever been to Sainsburys at lunchtime?? There is a word I could use to describe this but my nemesis would get offended by an innocuous word. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Loyal2AFCB says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?
Quite right. Successive Councils over the years have actively marketed the town as a place to retire to (Where Time Is Pleasant) against the wishes of local people who wanted a living working town. The likes of Nottage are the problem, not the solution.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: The town is what it is, a retirement town. Industry and jobs for younger people have diminished over the years. Christchurch also acts as a centre for retired people in Highcliffe and Barton etc. Even the tourists it attracts now are mainly older as family attractions have dissappeared such as Tucktonia and Pontins. Both replaced by guess what -housing occupied by again mainly older people. Permissions for these changes must have been made by the Council so you reap what you sow as they say. What is the average age of decision making councillors I wonder?[/p][/quote]Quite right. Successive Councils over the years have actively marketed the town as a place to retire to (Where Time Is Pleasant) against the wishes of local people who wanted a living working town. The likes of Nottage are the problem, not the solution. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree