Work begins on tearing down exterior at BCCA building

COMING DOWN: The BCCA building’s exterior is being slowly torn down

COMING DOWN: The BCCA building’s exterior is being slowly torn down

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THE demolition of Boscombe’s BCCA building moved closer with work on tearing down the former community centre’s exterior under way.

Last week campaigners dressed in Victorian clothes held a mock funeral march for the Bournemouth Centre for Community Arts, which has faced demolition since plans for affordable homes were approved in June last year.

However Bournemouth council maintains that the Gladstone Mews development will provide much-needed housing in the area, while a “creative hub” established in the remaining Grade II-listed rooms of the former school will provide ample space for the arts.

Cllr Jane Kelly, cabinet member for regeneration and partnerships, said: “The centre closed in 2007 because it was unviable to keep it open. There weren’t enough people using it.

“These affordable homes are a very important part of the regeneration of Boscombe.

“The plans aren’t fully decided yet but there should be around 20 creative industries based in pods in the creative hub; young entrepreneurs working on creative projects with like-minded people.

“Eventually ownership of the whole site will be transferred to the Bournemouth 2026 community land trust, a charity which will invest any profits into other regeneration projects in Boscombe and West Howe.”

The Gladstone Mews development will include 10 two-bed homes and one three-bed on the site between Haviland Road and Gladstone Road, with gardens, allotment and orchard.

The scheme will be funded through a £1.5 million interest free loan from the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, with separate council and grand-funding for the £415,000 hub.

The council plans for ownership of the land to eventually be transferred to a community land trust set up to keep house prices affordable and give priority to Boscombe buyers.

Campaigners from the Friends of the BCCA have opposed the council’s plans, claiming that there was a shortage of community space in Boscombe and calling for the whole building to be used as an arts centre.

The development is expected to be completed by next summer.

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1:41pm Mon 21 Oct 13

TalkToTheTrees says...

BOURNEMOUTH’S first Demolition of the Arts Festival has been hailed a major result for the town.

The event started on Monday and saw a top billing of international and local demolition experts.

Highlights included the spectacle of the JCB vehicles stalking Boscombe and the many specially commissioned performances by local councillors.
Carol Maund, festival manager, didn’t say: “With a host of sellout council members, an explosion of activity over the opening weekend, plus the chance to get up close to the fantastical rubble from BCCA, this year’s Demolition of the Arts Festival created a real buzz in the town.
“We were delighted to see so many people leaving Boscombe and having enjoy the wide range of events outside due to lack of facilities and look forward to seeing fewer still next year.”

Phil Gibby, the Arts Council director for the South West, said the festival remains important in enhancing cheap housing in the area and will receive £300,000 of support for next year.

“Festivals offer a unique opportunity for large numbers of people to experience great art; they also enhance tourism and generate jobs for local people and artists,” he said, before not adding “We believe that Bournemouth Council’s Demolition of the Arts Festival has the potential to help redefine the town and show that the destruction of a community arts centre can be a way of a town engaging in a conversation with itself about what is important, how it wants to be seen, and what the future might hold.”

For more information please visit the website at www.artsbournemouth.
org.uk.

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BOURNEMOUTH’S first Demolition of the Arts Festival has been hailed a major result for the town. The event started on Monday and saw a top billing of international and local demolition experts. Highlights included the spectacle of the JCB vehicles stalking Boscombe and the many specially commissioned performances by local councillors. Carol Maund, festival manager, didn’t say: “With a host of sellout council members, an explosion of activity over the opening weekend, plus the chance to get up close to the fantastical rubble from BCCA, this year’s Demolition of the Arts Festival created a real buzz in the town. “We were delighted to see so many people leaving Boscombe and having enjoy the wide range of events outside due to lack of facilities and look forward to seeing fewer still next year.” Phil Gibby, the Arts Council director for the South West, said the festival remains important in enhancing cheap housing in the area and will receive £300,000 of support for next year. “Festivals offer a unique opportunity for large numbers of people to experience great art; they also enhance tourism and generate jobs for local people and artists,” he said, before not adding “We believe that Bournemouth Council’s Demolition of the Arts Festival has the potential to help redefine the town and show that the destruction of a community arts centre can be a way of a town engaging in a conversation with itself about what is important, how it wants to be seen, and what the future might hold.” For more information please visit the website at www.artsbournemouth. org.uk. Thanks to http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/10 749869.Third_Bournem outh_Arts_by_the_Sea _Festival_hailed_a_g reat_success/ TalkToTheTrees
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2:08pm Mon 21 Oct 13

jinglebell says...

"Unviable"....and "not enough people using it" ??? ....Cllr. Kelly - Council Leader, John Beesley's lapdog - is indeed talking to herself and for Cllr. Wakefield he is another one happy to go along with anything Cllr. Beesley dictates.
The Council failed to put the BCCA out to tender so they don't know whether it had viability or not. As for the need, we all know it is needed and no amount of articles in the press will change what we know to be true.
Now we hear the 3 rooms will have "pods" in them - does this mean the Council will move the "beach pods" (yet another financial failure) inside the 3 rooms?
The stance Councillors continue to take on this issue is their legacy.
"Unviable"....and "not enough people using it" ??? ....Cllr. Kelly - Council Leader, John Beesley's lapdog - is indeed talking to herself and for Cllr. Wakefield he is another one happy to go along with anything Cllr. Beesley dictates. The Council failed to put the BCCA out to tender so they don't know whether it had viability or not. As for the need, we all know it is needed and no amount of articles in the press will change what we know to be true. Now we hear the 3 rooms will have "pods" in them - does this mean the Council will move the "beach pods" (yet another financial failure) inside the 3 rooms? The stance Councillors continue to take on this issue is their legacy. jinglebell
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4:20pm Mon 21 Oct 13

SFF says...

An absolute scandal. Everywhere in the town should now be looking to any community facility that they use. The Council cancelled classes and refused to take bookings so that they could quietly close the BCCA. They wanted shiny new council offices there. That didn't work because they were found out and lost their funding. They have destroyed this centre out of what? Spite? Bloody mindedness? Some financial incentive for some unknown person?

Look to your community centres Bournemouth. Because if they can do this with a much loved building gifted to the impoverished children and adults of Boscombe for education forever, they will have no conscience about gifting anything else to favoured property developers.

We have seen no figures from the Council that there is any benefit for anyone. 11 houses will not solve the problems of Boscombe. Overcrowding us further with no facilities for our children will only lead to more issues.
An absolute scandal. Everywhere in the town should now be looking to any community facility that they use. The Council cancelled classes and refused to take bookings so that they could quietly close the BCCA. They wanted shiny new council offices there. That didn't work because they were found out and lost their funding. They have destroyed this centre out of what? Spite? Bloody mindedness? Some financial incentive for some unknown person? Look to your community centres Bournemouth. Because if they can do this with a much loved building gifted to the impoverished children and adults of Boscombe for education forever, they will have no conscience about gifting anything else to favoured property developers. We have seen no figures from the Council that there is any benefit for anyone. 11 houses will not solve the problems of Boscombe. Overcrowding us further with no facilities for our children will only lead to more issues. SFF
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8:02pm Mon 21 Oct 13

UrbanCrab says...

Cllr Kelly neglects to mention that the reason the centre was closed in 2007 as unviable was because staff were ordered to stop taking new bookings. Bcca was already on the hitlist, the reports into community owned assets had already been compiled. The bcca has now gone the same way as the Shelley theatre, ie public owned historical assets handed over to private interests for profit. Cllr Jane kelly, cabinet portfolio holder for regeneration and boscombe elected representative ( with just over 700 votes out of 9000) is a director of Bournemouth 2026 who will be given this public asset, and is also a 25% share holder of the Boscombe Community Interest Company BCIC. Draw your own conclusions.
Cllr Kelly neglects to mention that the reason the centre was closed in 2007 as unviable was because staff were ordered to stop taking new bookings. Bcca was already on the hitlist, the reports into community owned assets had already been compiled. The bcca has now gone the same way as the Shelley theatre, ie public owned historical assets handed over to private interests for profit. Cllr Jane kelly, cabinet portfolio holder for regeneration and boscombe elected representative ( with just over 700 votes out of 9000) is a director of Bournemouth 2026 who will be given this public asset, and is also a 25% share holder of the Boscombe Community Interest Company BCIC. Draw your own conclusions. UrbanCrab
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11:28am Tue 22 Oct 13

hrryseccombe says...

The short-sightedness of the Council's "vision" for Boscombe is staggering. The first main act of their creative-led regeneration involved tearing down this centre in the most brutal way. A site cherished by the community closed despite huge protest by a cynical money-driven council. Why only small 2 room houses, family housing should be bigger especially as its leasehold and there is a distinct possibility families will be stuck there as there families grow with more children, and all over boscombe large developments of 1&2 bedroom flats are underway despite the council saying they will favour family housing in Boscombe as there are too many small flats and HMO's. The proposed housing will make little difference to Boscombe, the betrayal of the community by its elected representatives will not be forgotten. I would like to see a public Inquiry into this whole sorry affair to answer a few questions. A) How a misleading report was used by the council to swing the planning board over provision of facilities in Boscombe. B) How no public engagement was conducted in Boscombe West over these unpopular plans. C) how BCIC, Boscombe Community Interest Company and BARG, Boscombe Area Regeneration Group (with Cllr Kelly on both as shareholder) blocked any discussion of BCCA despite many calls to do so by its members. D) how the independent study into facilities in the area, commissioned by Bournemouth 2026 (again with Cllr Kelly as a director/trustee), is being sat on despite it being presented in August 2013. Councillor Kelly told a packed Boscombe Forum categorically that the report would be released after demolition. (I have the report and it shows the need for an arts centre, even suggesting the CliffEnd Hotel). E) Why the concerns of Leading Architect John Burrell were ignored by Bournemouth 2026 and John Beesley, where he stated there would be "in-use management, safety, security and sustainability issues with the plans for the site.

This council has little interest in the wellbeing of local residents, the Bcca building was earmarked for complete demolition soon after it was closed for an overflow carpark for the airshow, after that for council offices, this time its to help fulfill the Bournemouth affordable housing quota. It's just handing public heritage assets to private developers, like Shelley Manor and the Winter Gardens. Some say that Bournemouth is in the grip of a group of powerful and rich developers which is corrupting our local government and representatives, the more I see and find out the more I believe this to be true.
The short-sightedness of the Council's "vision" for Boscombe is staggering. The first main act of their creative-led regeneration involved tearing down this centre in the most brutal way. A site cherished by the community closed despite huge protest by a cynical money-driven council. Why only small 2 room houses, family housing should be bigger especially as its leasehold and there is a distinct possibility families will be stuck there as there families grow with more children, and all over boscombe large developments of 1&2 bedroom flats are underway despite the council saying they will favour family housing in Boscombe as there are too many small flats and HMO's. The proposed housing will make little difference to Boscombe, the betrayal of the community by its elected representatives will not be forgotten. I would like to see a public Inquiry into this whole sorry affair to answer a few questions. A) How a misleading report was used by the council to swing the planning board over provision of facilities in Boscombe. B) How no public engagement was conducted in Boscombe West over these unpopular plans. C) how BCIC, Boscombe Community Interest Company and BARG, Boscombe Area Regeneration Group (with Cllr Kelly on both as shareholder) blocked any discussion of BCCA despite many calls to do so by its members. D) how the independent study into facilities in the area, commissioned by Bournemouth 2026 (again with Cllr Kelly as a director/trustee), is being sat on despite it being presented in August 2013. Councillor Kelly told a packed Boscombe Forum categorically that the report would be released after demolition. (I have the report and it shows the need for an arts centre, even suggesting the CliffEnd Hotel). E) Why the concerns of Leading Architect John Burrell were ignored by Bournemouth 2026 and John Beesley, where he stated there would be "in-use management, safety, security and sustainability issues with the plans for the site. This council has little interest in the wellbeing of local residents, the Bcca building was earmarked for complete demolition soon after it was closed for an overflow carpark for the airshow, after that for council offices, this time its to help fulfill the Bournemouth affordable housing quota. It's just handing public heritage assets to private developers, like Shelley Manor and the Winter Gardens. Some say that Bournemouth is in the grip of a group of powerful and rich developers which is corrupting our local government and representatives, the more I see and find out the more I believe this to be true. hrryseccombe
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5:17pm Tue 22 Oct 13

jinglebell says...

hrryseccombe wrote:
The short-sightedness of the Council's "vision" for Boscombe is staggering. The first main act of their creative-led regeneration involved tearing down this centre in the most brutal way. A site cherished by the community closed despite huge protest by a cynical money-driven council. Why only small 2 room houses, family housing should be bigger especially as its leasehold and there is a distinct possibility families will be stuck there as there families grow with more children, and all over boscombe large developments of 1&2 bedroom flats are underway despite the council saying they will favour family housing in Boscombe as there are too many small flats and HMO's. The proposed housing will make little difference to Boscombe, the betrayal of the community by its elected representatives will not be forgotten. I would like to see a public Inquiry into this whole sorry affair to answer a few questions. A) How a misleading report was used by the council to swing the planning board over provision of facilities in Boscombe. B) How no public engagement was conducted in Boscombe West over these unpopular plans. C) how BCIC, Boscombe Community Interest Company and BARG, Boscombe Area Regeneration Group (with Cllr Kelly on both as shareholder) blocked any discussion of BCCA despite many calls to do so by its members. D) how the independent study into facilities in the area, commissioned by Bournemouth 2026 (again with Cllr Kelly as a director/trustee), is being sat on despite it being presented in August 2013. Councillor Kelly told a packed Boscombe Forum categorically that the report would be released after demolition. (I have the report and it shows the need for an arts centre, even suggesting the CliffEnd Hotel). E) Why the concerns of Leading Architect John Burrell were ignored by Bournemouth 2026 and John Beesley, where he stated there would be "in-use management, safety, security and sustainability issues with the plans for the site.

This council has little interest in the wellbeing of local residents, the Bcca building was earmarked for complete demolition soon after it was closed for an overflow carpark for the airshow, after that for council offices, this time its to help fulfill the Bournemouth affordable housing quota. It's just handing public heritage assets to private developers, like Shelley Manor and the Winter Gardens. Some say that Bournemouth is in the grip of a group of powerful and rich developers which is corrupting our local government and representatives, the more I see and find out the more I believe this to be true.
Reading this is truly upsetting and makes me even more determined to do everything I can to make sure plenty of voters are reminded about this entire debacle and complete disregard for the community and the utter FAILURE of Councillors to heed community needs.
[quote][p][bold]hrryseccombe[/bold] wrote: The short-sightedness of the Council's "vision" for Boscombe is staggering. The first main act of their creative-led regeneration involved tearing down this centre in the most brutal way. A site cherished by the community closed despite huge protest by a cynical money-driven council. Why only small 2 room houses, family housing should be bigger especially as its leasehold and there is a distinct possibility families will be stuck there as there families grow with more children, and all over boscombe large developments of 1&2 bedroom flats are underway despite the council saying they will favour family housing in Boscombe as there are too many small flats and HMO's. The proposed housing will make little difference to Boscombe, the betrayal of the community by its elected representatives will not be forgotten. I would like to see a public Inquiry into this whole sorry affair to answer a few questions. A) How a misleading report was used by the council to swing the planning board over provision of facilities in Boscombe. B) How no public engagement was conducted in Boscombe West over these unpopular plans. C) how BCIC, Boscombe Community Interest Company and BARG, Boscombe Area Regeneration Group (with Cllr Kelly on both as shareholder) blocked any discussion of BCCA despite many calls to do so by its members. D) how the independent study into facilities in the area, commissioned by Bournemouth 2026 (again with Cllr Kelly as a director/trustee), is being sat on despite it being presented in August 2013. Councillor Kelly told a packed Boscombe Forum categorically that the report would be released after demolition. (I have the report and it shows the need for an arts centre, even suggesting the CliffEnd Hotel). E) Why the concerns of Leading Architect John Burrell were ignored by Bournemouth 2026 and John Beesley, where he stated there would be "in-use management, safety, security and sustainability issues with the plans for the site. This council has little interest in the wellbeing of local residents, the Bcca building was earmarked for complete demolition soon after it was closed for an overflow carpark for the airshow, after that for council offices, this time its to help fulfill the Bournemouth affordable housing quota. It's just handing public heritage assets to private developers, like Shelley Manor and the Winter Gardens. Some say that Bournemouth is in the grip of a group of powerful and rich developers which is corrupting our local government and representatives, the more I see and find out the more I believe this to be true.[/p][/quote]Reading this is truly upsetting and makes me even more determined to do everything I can to make sure plenty of voters are reminded about this entire debacle and complete disregard for the community and the utter FAILURE of Councillors to heed community needs. jinglebell
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