Hundreds of residents 'distressed and furious' over lack of progress on derelict Cliff End Hotel

DERELICT: Cllr Anne Filer and Cllr Michael Filer outside the Cliff End Hotel site in Boscombe.

DERELICT: Cllr Anne Filer and Cllr Michael Filer outside the Cliff End Hotel site in Boscombe.

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RESIDENTS and councillors are fighting for action to be taken on a derelict hotel which has blighted the Bournemouth landscape for more than a decade.

The Cliff End Hotel on Boscombe Manor Road which is owned by the Meyrick Estate was ravaged by a fire in 2012 and has been mired in legal wrangling since its closure in 2002.

Ward councillors Anne Filer, David Kelsey and Michael Filer are now demanding action from Meyrick Estate saying hundreds of residents are “distressed and furious” at the lack of any development.

Cllr Anne Filer said: “I think they are delaying matters for their own ends and don’t seem to care at all that residents are suffering.”

A meeting with agents acting for the Meyrick Estate was held on 24 June 2013 and despite indicating an intention to submit a planning application to develop the site, no application has been submitted.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment David Smith said: “Over the years there have been promises made to the council that have led to nothing but disappointment, especially to the residents many of whom have suffered from this blot on the landscape for 10 years.”

Chairman of the Keverstone Court residents association, Brian Newman, addressed the full council meeting on January 21 and asked what steps the council was taking to get the eyesore demolished.

The council as a planning authority could proceed with the compulsory purchase of the site, but for the time being the council is trying to work with the estate to find a solution.

Geoff Bevans who is representing Meyrick Estate Management said: “The Estate is, of course, aware that the property had been an eyesore for several years but until the Estate obtained judgement in the High Court regarding Boscombe Partnership Ltd, it was unable to take any physical action.

“We have now had possession for just over six months and are taking action to progress matters.”

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9:33am Sun 26 Jan 14

Ralph Horris says...

It's plain old Manor Rd not Boscombe Manor Rd. God it makes me so distressed and furious.
It's plain old Manor Rd not Boscombe Manor Rd. God it makes me so distressed and furious. Ralph Horris
  • Score: 27

9:36am Sun 26 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Exaggeration again from the Filers."HUNDREDS"
Exaggeration again from the Filers."HUNDREDS" pete woodley
  • Score: 10

9:52am Sun 26 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

Just seems like a few disgruntled types in Keverstone Court having a bee in their bonnet to me.
Just seems like a few disgruntled types in Keverstone Court having a bee in their bonnet to me. whataboutthat
  • Score: 16

10:37am Sun 26 Jan 14

bosco1 says...

The best thing would have been when the last fire happened was to burn to the ground then the place wouldent be such an eysore as it is today.!
The best thing would have been when the last fire happened was to burn to the ground then the place wouldent be such an eysore as it is today.! bosco1
  • Score: 15

10:37am Sun 26 Jan 14

ShuttleX says...

Cllr Anne Filer said: “I think they are delaying matters for their own ends and don’t seem to care at all that residents are suffering.”

How the hell are all these "hundreds" of residents suffering? It's an empty building, that's all. If they suffer that easy, God help them if they have real problems to worry about. The Filers are aware of an election next year, so I suppose being cynical, I would say this is more about getting their names in the papers rather then anybody suffering.

The Council need to keep their nose out of this. By all means try and get the Estate to do something, but there are better things to spend OUR money on then the view from some stuck up morons house across the road.
Cllr Anne Filer said: “I think they are delaying matters for their own ends and don’t seem to care at all that residents are suffering.” How the hell are all these "hundreds" of residents suffering? It's an empty building, that's all. If they suffer that easy, God help them if they have real problems to worry about. The Filers are aware of an election next year, so I suppose being cynical, I would say this is more about getting their names in the papers rather then anybody suffering. The Council need to keep their nose out of this. By all means try and get the Estate to do something, but there are better things to spend OUR money on then the view from some stuck up morons house across the road. ShuttleX
  • Score: 21

10:39am Sun 26 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

If you are suffering from distress because of an ugly building medical advice should be sought as soon as possible to reduce the risks of you going insane,
distressed
Don't think so
The Christian exodus from the doom of Syria is distressing you know.
The obese two in the picture leaning on a fence
need to get a life or get moved on
they don't look dis*******tressed to me.
If you are suffering from distress because of an ugly building medical advice should be sought as soon as possible to reduce the risks of you going insane, distressed Don't think so The Christian exodus from the doom of Syria is distressing you know. The obese two in the picture leaning on a fence need to get a life or get moved on they don't look dis*******tressed to me. nickynoodah
  • Score: 10

11:18am Sun 26 Jan 14

High Treason says...

whataboutthat wrote:
Just seems like a few disgruntled types in Keverstone Court having a bee in their bonnet to me.
Best call in Filer & Filer the Keystone Cops,
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Just seems like a few disgruntled types in Keverstone Court having a bee in their bonnet to me.[/p][/quote]Best call in Filer & Filer the Keystone Cops, High Treason
  • Score: 11

11:25am Sun 26 Jan 14

John T says...

Ralph Horris wrote:
It's plain old Manor Rd not Boscombe Manor Rd. God it makes me so distressed and furious.
Well, at least the Echo got the caption to the picture spot-on, i.e. DERELICT: Cllr Anne Filer and Cllr Michael Filer....there are hundreds who would like to see them pulled down!
[quote][p][bold]Ralph Horris[/bold] wrote: It's plain old Manor Rd not Boscombe Manor Rd. God it makes me so distressed and furious.[/p][/quote]Well, at least the Echo got the caption to the picture spot-on, i.e. DERELICT: Cllr Anne Filer and Cllr Michael Filer....there are hundreds who would like to see them pulled down! John T
  • Score: 15

11:40am Sun 26 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

I feel an ode coming on.
I feel an ode coming on. nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

12:07pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Strange how these residents have no concern about the site the other side of Christchurch Road or indeed the 2 councillors pictured . Namely the former David Lloyd Club I say no more.
Strange how these residents have no concern about the site the other side of Christchurch Road or indeed the 2 councillors pictured . Namely the former David Lloyd Club I say no more. Lord Spring
  • Score: 12

12:58pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Peggy Babcock says...

NIMBYs.
NIMBYs. Peggy Babcock
  • Score: 8

1:34pm Sun 26 Jan 14

crazybird says...

They are only distressed because it's an eyesore and it lowers the tone in their area - wonder what they'd do if they had something else to do in their lives other than get bees in their bonnets - nosey old busy bodies
They are only distressed because it's an eyesore and it lowers the tone in their area - wonder what they'd do if they had something else to do in their lives other than get bees in their bonnets - nosey old busy bodies crazybird
  • Score: 8

1:40pm Sun 26 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
I feel an ode coming on.
Go for it hun
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I feel an ode coming on.[/p][/quote]Go for it hun kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Sun 26 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Not sure if anyone as ever mentioned it on here .Bournemouth is desperate for an ice rink would this be a good place for it.
Not sure if anyone as ever mentioned it on here .Bournemouth is desperate for an ice rink would this be a good place for it. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -5

2:38pm Sun 26 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

High Treason wrote:
whataboutthat wrote:
Just seems like a few disgruntled types in Keverstone Court having a bee in their bonnet to me.
Best call in Filer & Filer the Keystone Cops,
On regular past form we can expect a letter soon in the Echo letters page telling us all what a magnificent job these two Councillors did resolving this Manor Road problem - in fact it's probably already drafted!
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Just seems like a few disgruntled types in Keverstone Court having a bee in their bonnet to me.[/p][/quote]Best call in Filer & Filer the Keystone Cops,[/p][/quote]On regular past form we can expect a letter soon in the Echo letters page telling us all what a magnificent job these two Councillors did resolving this Manor Road problem - in fact it's probably already drafted! muscliffman
  • Score: 4

2:43pm Sun 26 Jan 14

billy bumble says...

I agree with everything said about there publicity seeking idiots

But the Meyrick people treat everyone with disdain and hold no regard at all for anyone else - frankly despicable
I agree with everything said about there publicity seeking idiots But the Meyrick people treat everyone with disdain and hold no regard at all for anyone else - frankly despicable billy bumble
  • Score: 5

2:47pm Sun 26 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

hundreds of residents are “distressed and furious” at the lack of any development...... really ? I think more are "distressed and furious" at the £40k a year paid to the Filers for looking after their own interests and those of a few carefully selected residents (as directed by Beesley)
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The Meyrick estate, and the other old estates which used to own much of Bournemouth, still own large chunks of Bournemouth and weald influence. Although I own the freehold to my house it is still subject to covenants put in place by the estate on whose land it was built. If the freehold had been owned by anyone other than the Meyrick Estate action would have already been taken.
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I think the thing that is really annoying the Filers (under the influence of Beesley) is the fact that the Meyrick Estate won't be dictated to by a bunch of self-serving councillors and will resolve the matter in their own good time.
hundreds of residents are “distressed and furious” at the lack of any development...... really ? I think more are "distressed and furious" at the £40k a year paid to the Filers for looking after their own interests and those of a few carefully selected residents (as directed by Beesley) . The Meyrick estate, and the other old estates which used to own much of Bournemouth, still own large chunks of Bournemouth and weald influence. Although I own the freehold to my house it is still subject to covenants put in place by the estate on whose land it was built. If the freehold had been owned by anyone other than the Meyrick Estate action would have already been taken. . I think the thing that is really annoying the Filers (under the influence of Beesley) is the fact that the Meyrick Estate won't be dictated to by a bunch of self-serving councillors and will resolve the matter in their own good time. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 10

2:59pm Sun 26 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

The definition of Distress ,severe strain resulting from exhaustion.A loud tut accompanied by a the classic arms folded.when asked a specific question ain,t distress.it's electioneering
The definition of Distress ,severe strain resulting from exhaustion.A loud tut accompanied by a the classic arms folded.when asked a specific question ain,t distress.it's electioneering kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Sun 26 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

I wonder what size cups they had at the hotel
I wonder what size cups they had at the hotel nickynoodah
  • Score: -4

8:52pm Sun 26 Jan 14

TerreHaute says...

I imagine mostly tasse.

Not the kind of place to find demitasse.

But what has cup size to do with anything??!?!

Oh wait - I see what you did with that!!!
I imagine mostly tasse. Not the kind of place to find demitasse. But what has cup size to do with anything??!?! Oh wait - I see what you did with that!!! TerreHaute
  • Score: -3

10:00pm Sun 26 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

sehr gut
d cup
dank
sehr gut d cup dank nickynoodah
  • Score: -2

10:53pm Sun 26 Jan 14

ashleycross says...

Hundreds of distressed residents eh? What did the councillors do, eat them?
Hundreds of distressed residents eh? What did the councillors do, eat them? ashleycross
  • Score: 1

10:57pm Sun 26 Jan 14

ashleycross says...

Boscombe Partnership being taken to court? Surely quite an interesting story Daily Echo. Why no link to a report on it?
Boscombe Partnership being taken to court? Surely quite an interesting story Daily Echo. Why no link to a report on it? ashleycross
  • Score: 2

11:35pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

John T wrote:
Ralph Horris wrote:
It's plain old Manor Rd not Boscombe Manor Rd. God it makes me so distressed and furious.
Well, at least the Echo got the caption to the picture spot-on, i.e. DERELICT: Cllr Anne Filer and Cllr Michael Filer....there are hundreds who would like to see them pulled down!
post of the week
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ralph Horris[/bold] wrote: It's plain old Manor Rd not Boscombe Manor Rd. God it makes me so distressed and furious.[/p][/quote]Well, at least the Echo got the caption to the picture spot-on, i.e. DERELICT: Cllr Anne Filer and Cllr Michael Filer....there are hundreds who would like to see them pulled down![/p][/quote]post of the week Bob49
  • Score: 5

6:33am Mon 27 Jan 14

Phixer says...

Ralph Horris wrote:
It's plain old Manor Rd not Boscombe Manor Rd. God it makes me so distressed and furious.
I suspect that this cub reporter forgot to apostrophise, that is if Echo cubs know what an apostrophe is! Another report written with a Saturday night hangover. Must have had an early morning phone call from these illustrious councillors.

Cynical? Moi?
[quote][p][bold]Ralph Horris[/bold] wrote: It's plain old Manor Rd not Boscombe Manor Rd. God it makes me so distressed and furious.[/p][/quote]I suspect that this cub reporter forgot to apostrophise, that is if Echo cubs know what an apostrophe is! Another report written with a Saturday night hangover. Must have had an early morning phone call from these illustrious councillors. Cynical? Moi? Phixer
  • Score: 2

7:49am Mon 27 Jan 14

ashleycross says...

Shouldn't the headline be-two councillors "distressed and furious" after Meyrick Estates court case over Boscombe Partnership
Shouldn't the headline be-two councillors "distressed and furious" after Meyrick Estates court case over Boscombe Partnership ashleycross
  • Score: 3

4:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Cllr Anne Filer said: “I think they are delaying matters for their own ends and don’t seem to care at all that residents are suffering.”

How the hell are all these "hundreds" of residents suffering? It's an empty building, that's all. If they suffer that easy, God help them if they have real problems to worry about. The Filers are aware of an election next year, so I suppose being cynical, I would say this is more about getting their names in the papers rather then anybody suffering.

The Council need to keep their nose out of this. By all means try and get the Estate to do something, but there are better things to spend OUR money on then the view from some stuck up morons house across the road.
Some 'people' have a persecution complex....
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Cllr Anne Filer said: “I think they are delaying matters for their own ends and don’t seem to care at all that residents are suffering.” How the hell are all these "hundreds" of residents suffering? It's an empty building, that's all. If they suffer that easy, God help them if they have real problems to worry about. The Filers are aware of an election next year, so I suppose being cynical, I would say this is more about getting their names in the papers rather then anybody suffering. The Council need to keep their nose out of this. By all means try and get the Estate to do something, but there are better things to spend OUR money on then the view from some stuck up morons house across the road.[/p][/quote]Some 'people' have a persecution complex.... O'Reilly
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Mon 27 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

nickynoodah wrote:
I feel an ode coming on.
Take some bicarbonate of soda.....usually works for me. (no charge!)
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I feel an ode coming on.[/p][/quote]Take some bicarbonate of soda.....usually works for me. (no charge!) O'Reilly
  • Score: 3

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