Community centre is wanted by the people

Bournemouth Echo: Druitt Hall Druitt Hall

I WOULD like the opportunity to respond to Elliot Marx’s letter “Tree Saga Will be Litmus Test” (Have Your Say, Echo, March 21).

In her letter she states that Cllr Hall is the only Christchurch councillor to fight for Druitt Hall.

This is not strictly true as both independent councillors on the council have spoken on many occasions in support of the renovation of the existing hall and the building of a new hall.

When Dr Alistair Somerville Ford made his original offer to fund a new hall I asked the leader of the council at a full council meeting why this wasn’t being pursued more vigorously.

It would appear to be the policy laid down by the current Conservative majority on the council that a town centre community centre is not required and, indeed, it states this in the new Core Strategy Document, which is currently under review.

This is against the wishes of the majority of residents in the town centre, Portfield and Jumpers wards.

With regard to the destruction of the trees covered by TPOs, these would have been an issue for questions once the report to the scrutiny committee on the whole planning procedure was discussed by this committee.

This has been prevented at this time by the lodging of a Judicial Review on the Cornfactor planning consent.

As can be seen from other recent articles in the Daily Echo, the Christchurch Borough Council has several very important issues to resolve to the satisfaction of the council taxpayers and residents of this Borough.

As Elliot Marx said, the residents are not stupid and perhaps at next year’s borough elections will vote for an individual rather than the colour of the ribbon they are wearing.

CLLR COLIN BUNGEY
Leader of the Independent Group, Christchurch Borough Council

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11:30am Mon 31 Mar 14

twynham says...

Not just by town centre, Portfield and Jumpers wards but pretty much all the people over the conurbation I have spoken to.
A rebuilt Druitt Hall will provide a town centre community hall that most Boroughs would give their eye-teeth for.
Letting out such a central facility could easily pay for it's maintenance and is a no-brainer to those of us who have no interest in developing more of Druitt Gardens unlike certain prominent members of CBC and adjacent land owners!
Not just by town centre, Portfield and Jumpers wards but pretty much all the people over the conurbation I have spoken to. A rebuilt Druitt Hall will provide a town centre community hall that most Boroughs would give their eye-teeth for. Letting out such a central facility could easily pay for it's maintenance and is a no-brainer to those of us who have no interest in developing more of Druitt Gardens unlike certain prominent members of CBC and adjacent land owners! twynham
  • Score: 8

11:56am Mon 31 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

I know some Conservative Councillors who have fought for Druitt Hall, too. It is a disgrace, as it wouldn't have cost the Council a penny. The old hall is admittedly tatty, and a new purpose-built facility would be an asset to the area. But of course, Mr Nottage rejected it so it didn't happen. Still not sure why ...
I know some Conservative Councillors who have fought for Druitt Hall, too. It is a disgrace, as it wouldn't have cost the Council a penny. The old hall is admittedly tatty, and a new purpose-built facility would be an asset to the area. But of course, Mr Nottage rejected it so it didn't happen. Still not sure why ... agp1337
  • Score: 6

1:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

mytown1 says...

So here we go, we could not get rid of the present Leader so now the political card is being played. Only, unfortunately, for all the present councillors it is we the residents who will next year have the final say on who gets in and who is out. It will be our turn to have the power. Elliot Marx works tirelessly for the people of Christchurch and some of the councillors would do well to take note of how to work for the "common good". No party politics. No I am afraid trying to make political gains from poor decisions made my Christchurch councillors as a whole will not wash with the residents. For too long we have had to endure the present council. I and many others look forward to 2015.
So here we go, we could not get rid of the present Leader so now the political card is being played. Only, unfortunately, for all the present councillors it is we the residents who will next year have the final say on who gets in and who is out. It will be our turn to have the power. Elliot Marx works tirelessly for the people of Christchurch and some of the councillors would do well to take note of how to work for the "common good". No party politics. No I am afraid trying to make political gains from poor decisions made my Christchurch councillors as a whole will not wash with the residents. For too long we have had to endure the present council. I and many others look forward to 2015. mytown1
  • Score: 7

2:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

skydriver says...

It's quite simple Mr Bungey The leader is not in favour of this hall full stop .
Yet another reason for him to be sacked, fired , got rid off, dispensed with, ASAP. This man is a liability to the town he and he alone is the problem. So why don't all the councillors have a rethink and get him OUT. He is not liked infact I would go so far, from what I see in these comments, he hated..
We should not have to put up with his antics anymore. So let's get a campaign going to get rid of him.
It's quite simple Mr Bungey The leader is not in favour of this hall full stop . Yet another reason for him to be sacked, fired , got rid off, dispensed with, ASAP. This man is a liability to the town he and he alone is the problem. So why don't all the councillors have a rethink and get him OUT. He is not liked infact I would go so far, from what I see in these comments, he hated.. We should not have to put up with his antics anymore. So let's get a campaign going to get rid of him. skydriver
  • Score: 7

3:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

skydriver says...

twynham wrote:
Not just by town centre, Portfield and Jumpers wards but pretty much all the people over the conurbation I have spoken to.
A rebuilt Druitt Hall will provide a town centre community hall that most Boroughs would give their eye-teeth for.
Letting out such a central facility could easily pay for it's maintenance and is a no-brainer to those of us who have no interest in developing more of Druitt Gardens unlike certain prominent members of CBC and adjacent land owners!
All the time Nottage is at the helm this will happen more and more, that's why he must be got rid of, he's a loose cannon, in an otherwise peaceful town.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: Not just by town centre, Portfield and Jumpers wards but pretty much all the people over the conurbation I have spoken to. A rebuilt Druitt Hall will provide a town centre community hall that most Boroughs would give their eye-teeth for. Letting out such a central facility could easily pay for it's maintenance and is a no-brainer to those of us who have no interest in developing more of Druitt Gardens unlike certain prominent members of CBC and adjacent land owners![/p][/quote]All the time Nottage is at the helm this will happen more and more, that's why he must be got rid of, he's a loose cannon, in an otherwise peaceful town. skydriver
  • Score: 6

10:16am Tue 1 Apr 14

skydriver says...

agp1337 wrote:
I know some Conservative Councillors who have fought for Druitt Hall, too. It is a disgrace, as it wouldn't have cost the Council a penny. The old hall is admittedly tatty, and a new purpose-built facility would be an asset to the area. But of course, Mr Nottage rejected it so it didn't happen. Still not sure why ...
Just because Nottage rejected it why should it not happen, how come just one person holds so much authority, this must not continue. Another reason for big changes within the council offices.
Yet another reason for him to be removed.
[quote][p][bold]agp1337[/bold] wrote: I know some Conservative Councillors who have fought for Druitt Hall, too. It is a disgrace, as it wouldn't have cost the Council a penny. The old hall is admittedly tatty, and a new purpose-built facility would be an asset to the area. But of course, Mr Nottage rejected it so it didn't happen. Still not sure why ...[/p][/quote]Just because Nottage rejected it why should it not happen, how come just one person holds so much authority, this must not continue. Another reason for big changes within the council offices. Yet another reason for him to be removed. skydriver
  • Score: 2

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