A Neighbourhood Forum is a group of people who live and work in an area that has been set up by the community specifically to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. It is in addition to any forums and residents' groups that already exist in the area.
Queen’s Park and Charminster Neighbourhood Forum is open to anyone living or working within the neighbourhood's Designated Area (see the map). This covers the park itself and residential areas including a large part of Charminster. It also covers both sides of Charminster Road, including businesses and services on the western side. The neighbourhood area has more than 12,000 residents with a diverse demographic of residents and properties.
Our (council-approved) Neighbourhood Forum will enable the community to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the area in accordance with the Localism Act 2011. This allows communities to influence changes in their area including, for example, what is built and what amenities are provided. The Plan feeds into Bournemouth Local Planning Policy and will have statutory status.
By devising the Neighbourhood Plan, the community will be able to influence and shape the future of the area. It should enable landowners, developers and planners to better understand what local residents consider to be acceptable and desirable.
The Forum’s constitution requires four elected officers, chosen by the members at an AGM (Annual General Meeting). The launch meeting of the Forum in June 2018 was the first AGM and the first officers were elected, making the Forum fully functional!
The four officers (clockwise from top-left in the photo) are:
Julie (Chair), Sarah (Treasurer), Roger (Secretary) and Tony (Vice-Chair) who, sadly, recently retired from this post.
The Forum is pleased to have chosen Edwards Covell Associates CIC as its professional advisors. ECA CIC is a registered Community Interest Company, established for community benefit, to perform the community work that ECA has been doing for a number of years.
The main benefits to the Forum are that rates are fixed and the team has lots of experience in community work, including neighbourhood planning.
ECA CIC has assisted local Neighbourhood Forums including both Boscombe & Pokesdown and Poole Quays.
All of the forum’s activities need people, some of them leaders too. The Forum itself needs four elected officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary). All the Working Groups need teams to do their work.
We need to liaise with community groups and the council, do you have a particular interest or existing relationship that would help? Do you want to lead on some aspect of the neighbourhood? Do you want to organise Forum events?
Get in contact for more information about any of these roles (our E-Mail address is at the bottom).