Push for ‘dynamic, imaginative and proactive’ regeneration of Christchurch

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Councillors have outlined key schemes to improve the town

THE approach to regenerating Christchurch must be dynamic, imaginative and proactive – so say the town’s six independent councillors who are have outlined key schemes they want to be considered by BCP Council.

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In a letter sent to Conservative authority leader Cllr Drew Mellor, they said they accepted the need for the “huge development opportunity” of the civic centre site in Bridge Street.

But the Christchurch Independents group hoped that it would involve a marina, shopping and café destination along with “high quality” housing.

They added: “We would, of course, wish to see the site provide substantial community amenities for the future.”

The Independents also wanted BCP Council to help Highcliffe with its project to revitalise the village’s High Street, and Christchurch residents with plans to pedestrianise theirs.

The letter was sent by Cllr Paul Hilliard, leader of the group, who told the A&T: “We had talks with the new leader of BCP Council and we made it clear that we want Christchurch to be an equal partner with Bournemouth and Poole.

“We wanted a record of what was discussed, and this is why the letter was sent.

“It is a mark in the sand as it were. We do not want to see Christchurch sidelined in any way. We want to be involved in all plans and have a voice.”

They pointed out that they have always been “fiercely protective” of the town’s green belt claiming that Roeshot Hill was only relinquished to “prevent a piecemeal decimation of other areas”.

As a result, councillors said any schemes for affordable housing and community amenities should be incorporated in development of that area rather than in other part of the Christchurch borough.

They also said that the “well established and much loved” allotments at the edge of the site should not be moved and that mitigation of traffic concerns needs to be taken to counteract the severe congestion Christchurch already suffers.

Cllr Mellor, who took over as leader in October, has stated that he is “absolutely committed to protecting and enhancing” Christchurch.

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  1. Affordable housing a must in the christchurch.
    Modernised the whole of Christchurch with affordable rents and rates proper shops for parents with children toy shops clothes shops bakers butchers green grocer’s.. selling local produce.
    Banks that have more than one cashier charity shops in one area .
    An area in a shop to rent to sell products or bring and buy safe places for the homeless cafes coffee places other than the big names clean toilets better parking for the locals .Fun places for the older teens bowling cinema ice hockey…..

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