View from Poole Autumn 2022

View from Poole Autumn 2022

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Chairman’s Note

Welcome to the Autumn edition of our Society magazine.

It’s been a long dry summer but I hope everyone is well. The Jubilee garden parties are all a distant memory! Unfortunately, we didn’t have the numbers to make ours work so had to cancel the event however I hope everyone had a good time in their street.

We did not manage to make it to Harry Paye this year but have reached out to the Pirates to assist us with the Sea Bounds next year. This opportunity hasn’t been picked up by them so we will have to look for a different date to make this work and may even have to push it back to 2024. This may not actually be a bad thing as we gear up to our centenary year! If you would like to assist in organising this event please let me know. We have meanwhile renewed the plaque at the Poole boundary at Branksome Dene prom and
hope to get the blue plaque back from the manufacturers for Louie Dingwell in order for us to erect it at Sandbanks soon.

Meanwhile our £20,000 fund from BCP to refurbish a couple of the heritage lights at the bottom of Evening Hill may now be in doubt as their Engineering Department contemplate if we are allowed to “touch” any of their assets. Meanwhile we continue to stress that 7 years to replace one of the damaged lighting units is too long and any further delays are
unacceptable. Unfortunately, BCP appear to be a law unto themselves, as can be seen by Private Eye’s description of the Council as the most corrupt in the UK, so their focus to save heritage assets such as the lights and the elements of the Civic Centre listed by the Society may not be fully relied upon despite assurances.

Nevertheless, our Planning subcommittee continue to work hard reviewing and commenting on planning proposals and the team will again be present at the Guildhall on 13th September for the Dorset Architectural Heritage Week open event. Also our Association with the Poole Maritime Trust continues, we have been invited to join a trip to Portsmouth with them and potentially are in discussions to hold a joint lunch at the RMYC in March 2023. More details when we have them. I hope everyone is able to enjoy any Autumnal warmth and I look forward to seeing everyone at our talks or at lunch in November.

Mike Pearce

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August 2022

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