New Website

A new website,:
has been launched to promote tourism in the Boscombe Spa area.
Visitors can use the site to find hotel accommodation in the Boscombe Spa Area, and to find out about local attractions.

New Art Gallery

There is a new Art Gallery opening in Boscombe within Baraka ,16 Sea Road (corner of Hawkwood Road)

They will be offering gallery space for artwork, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and more, together with rooms for a variety of holistic/complementary treatments, workshops, talks, demonstrations and courses. It’s a fantastic new venture for Boscombe, and will, I’m sure, prove popular with our local artist community.

They are holding open days this coming weekend between 10 and 6 on both Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July.

The owners are David and Deborah Robinson and Celia Jennings. or e.mail



My Mum also has four children, this is a picture I did of her.

Four Children - Times Article

Here are my Four Children, I didn't know they were a fashion statement!
Four richer, four poorer
How many children make the perfect family? Four seems to be the new ideal for affluent parents. Our correspondent explains why.

Sarah Vine

There’s something in the air. In the more expensive postcodes of Britain, in the upper-earning, over-achieving echelons of life in general, there is a new must-have status symbol. Not a car, not a certain type of house, not a super-sleek yacht, but something much more fundamental – and so much more significant: a child.

Specifically, a fourth child. Leading the pack are some of the richest and most powerful people on the planet: the Blairs, the Gores, the Jaggers, the Pitt-Jolies. Ségolène Royal has four children, as does Ruth Kelly. Roman Abramovich, not to be outdone by mere world leaders and superstars, has five. Nicola Horlick, that veteran overachiever, must have about 27 by now (actually it’s five, but you know what I mean).

Elsewhere, among the ever-increasing ranks of the anonymous super-rich – the fund managers and private equity whizzes – four children has now become almost a minimum requirement. Why? Wouldn’t you have thought that, with all that high-powered posturing, life would be exhausting enough. Why compound things by adding to the never-ending pile of washing and 5am wake-up calls?

Because having four children without incurring so much as a blip in your lifestyle is the ultimate proof of success. The pile of washing is irrelevant: someone else is doing it; there is any number of highly-trained nannies to do the early shift on a Saturday morning. Tony Blair may have been up to his ears in foreign policy when baby Leo came along, but it was a point of principle that he still found time to do the odd night feed. That’s the kind of tough stuff a world leader is made of.

What might defeat ordinary mortals is just so much grist to the alpha daddy’s (or alpha mummy’s) mill. For men, the message is quick and effective: there’s plenty of lead in my pencil. For working women it reinforces just how super they really are: four children, a size ten and still got balls in the boardroom. For nonworking mothers it’s a similar thing: such is their allure that they’ve married an alpha capable of supporting not just her in suitable style, but a nest of embryonic alphas too.

Having four children means that you need a house the size of Texas; it means a convoy on the school run; an army of highly trained staff; multiple school fees. It’s the Darwinian expression of a person’s physical, mental and social superiority.

By comparison, people like myself, for whom two is already plenty hard work, both in terms of holding down a job and generally retaining some, however small, vestige of sanity, are losers.

A friend, whose wife has vetoed having even a third child, let alone a fourth, recently found himself accused of mediocrity (by a father-of-four colleague, naturally).

Mediocrity? What are these people on? And can I have some?

In Britain, too, corporate muscle and government weakness means mothers are gulled into swapping the breast for the tin

George Monbiot
Tuesday June 19, 2007
The Guardian

Like most of the world, I was mistaken. I thought that the aggressive promotion of baby formula was a problem confined to the poorer nations, where weak or complicit governments are pushed around by corporations, and mothers are gulled into swapping the breast for the tin. But after I wrote about the bullying of the government of the Philippines by baby formula companies a fortnight ago, the National Childbirth Trust and Baby Milk Action got in touch to tell me a story much closer to home.

We don't have mass deaths from dysentery in the United Kingdom, though babies here are five times more likely to be admitted to hospital with gastroenteritis if they are bottle-fed. But if children don't breastfeed they become susceptible to an astonishing range of illnesses and conditions, regardless of how rich their parents are. A study of 600 Dutch people around 50 years old found that those who had been bottle-fed had higher rates of risk factors for cardiovascular disease than those who had been breastfed. A meta-analysis of studies covering 69,000 children found that breastfeeding protects against obesity. It also appears to reduce the incidence of asthma, allergies, childhood cancers, diabetes, ear infections, Crohn's and colitis (the references are on my website).
So how well do we do? About as badly as a developed nation can. In a recent survey of 16 European countries, the UK comes second to last, beating only Belgium. When our babies are six months old, just 21% receive any breastmilk, while in Norway the rate is 80%; 24% of British babies never taste breastmilk at all - in Norway it's 2%. Remember this next time someone tells you that the rate can't be increased because lots of women can't produce milk. The constraint is not biological but political. The Norwegian government has passed laws that make breastfeeding as easy as possible: all women are entitled to a year's maternity leave on 80% pay, and state employees are given special breastfeeding breaks.

Here we have been allowed to remain in an almost medieval state of ignorance. A survey by the Department of Health found that a fifth of women under 24 thought breastfeeding would ruin their bodies, and that women greatly overestimated the difficulties of producing milk. Perhaps most significantly, 34% believed that infant formula milks were "very similar" to or "the same" as breastmilk. A poll by Mori for the National Childbirth Trust found that about a third of women had received the impression that infant formula was "as good as" or "better than" breastmilk.

How could this idea have persisted, despite all that we now know about breastfeeding? Partly because the formula companies have been able to keep making bold claims about their products. In January the body that coordinates the enforcement of trading standards sent a letter to all the local authorities in the UK. It listed five kinds of claim that are not compliant with British regulations on selling infant formula. One of them was "closer than ever to breastmilk". Yesterday morning I bought three cartons of infant formula from my local co-op and chemist. On the front of Cow & Gate's packet is "Closer than ever to breastmilk". SMA Gold is "now even closer to breastmilk", while Milupa's Aptamil is "the closest to breastmilk".

The claim that "prebiotics" support a baby's "natural defences" is also ruled out. But yesterday I learned that "babies thrive when their natural immune system is supported, so Cow & Gate babymilks are developed with special nutrients, such as prebiotics, that can do this. It's our way of helping you to protect your baby." The Aptamil packet claims that "prebiotics ... support your baby's natural immune system". It also made claims, about fatty acids, nucleotides and betacarotene, of the kind the letter warned against. All five of the examples listed in the letter, in other words, appear on just three packets. The packaging also seems to contravene a guideline laid down by the World Health Assembly in its international code on breastmilk substitutes: that containers should not show "pictures or text which may idealise the use of infant formula". The Aptamil box carries a picture of smiling faces hanging from a baby's mobile. Cow & Gate's carton has a cute picture of a teddy bear with a bottle, and SMA has a fluffy duckling sleeping with a contented smile.

Baby Milk Action contends that some companies have found a clever way of getting round the law banning adverts for infant formula. They legally advertise follow-on formula instead. The packets of infant and follow-on milk sit next to each other on the shelf and look very similar: the advertising for one product is likely to affect sales of the other. Campaigners point to some adverts that don't make it clear which of the two products they are promoting. When Baby Milk Action complained to the Advertising Standards Authority, it was told that the authority won't investigate unless the adverts specifically mention infant formula. Follow-on milk, according to the World Health Assembly, is unnecessary.

I would not suggest that a woman sees a fluffy duckling and thinks, "Right, I'll give up breastfeeding." But if she is having trouble producing milk, the packaging appears to offer reassurance: "Closer than ever to breastmilk" might sound close enough.

The law can be tightened, but only with your help. For the past three years, the Food Standards Agency - having at last got something right - has been pushing the European commission for tougher rules. Outgunned by corporate lobbyists, it has mostly failed. In December the commission issued a new directive that, far from banning the advertising of follow-on milk, appears to ban the banning of it. Though the commission's own scientific advisory body says the manufacturers should remove all nutrition claims except "lactose free", the new directive would allow companies to make other statements for which the scientists say there is no evidence. An obscure rule allowed the commission to draw up the directive without consulting the European parliament. The bureaucrats and the corporate lobbyists have been unmolested by the interests of the hoi polloi, and it shows.

The British government has some discretion about how this directive will be passed into law, and the Food Standards Agency is currently drawing up a legal instrument for implementing it. But it has hit another obstacle: a corporate sleeper cell inserted into the heart of government by Tony Blair, called the Better Regulation Executive. Its function seems to be to block any rule that might interfere with a company's ability to make money. Its executive chairman, William Sargent, previously ran a company which produces digital images for the advertising industry. Government officials report that Sargent is fiercely opposed to making the advertising rules any tougher than the directive requires.

Left to their own devices, our two prime ministers will put healthy profits ahead of healthy children. So they must not be left to their own devices. We have one chance, by lobbying Downing Street, to help the progressives in government to beat back the corporate yes men. We should use it.

Fire Station Visit

Today I went along with other parents at the Boscombe Children's Centre to visit the Fire Station. We had an interesting time which you can see here:

Boscombe West Ward has a high number of fires, much of this is down to the types of housing. The Fire service works to prevent fires and are offering free home safety checks to residents in this area. to find out more contact:
Telephone - 01202 844655
Email -
We went down to the Boscombe Children's Centre party today just in time to join in with a visit to the fire station at Springbourne.
15/06/2007 7-2007-1268-L
559 Christchurch Road Boscombe Alterations to front elevation and Nationwide Property Services BW SBG 10/07/2007
formation of entrance ramp

Details of these planning applications will be posted soon on; go to and click 'search applications' on the left, and search using the planning code (eg 7-2006-5195-F)
Continental Market, Boscombe Precinct
Saturday 30th June 9-5 and Sunday 1st July 10-3
Quality products including cheeses, pastries, crepes, pates, olives,
handbags, belts, wooden animals and much more …
Ring 01202 458982 for more details

2-8 July is International Nestlé-Free Week!

Nestlé Free

Boscombe News

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News for Boscombe residents
There has been a great deal of work being made behind the scenes for Europe’s first Artificial Surf Reef in Boscombe. There has been delay in DEFRA processing the licence because of the uniqueness and complexity of this project. However there is currently meaningful progress being made and DEFRA has offered the Bournemouth Borough Council a meeting to discuss the project. Once Bournemouth Borough Council receives a licence from DEFRA, it can then order geotextile sandbags and webbing base from New Zealand and Australia.

Bournemouth Borough Council is planning to begin construction in early Autumn 2007. This is subject to license being issued in the near future and, together with favourable weather conditions for construction, this would allow for completion in November 2007.

Cheeky girls in Boscombe

planning applications this week in Boscombe

11/06/2007 7-2007-12877-F
24 Florence Road Boscombe Conservation area consent for demolition Kingsbourne Estates BW JU L 13/07/2007
of existing building

11/06/2007 7-2007-12877-G
24 Florence Road Boscombe Erection of a 3 storey block of 12 flats Kingsbourne Estates BW JU L 13/07/2007
with bin store and formation of parking spaces

12/06/2007 7-2007-12451-M
515 Christchurch Road Boscombe Alterations and conversion of ground floor Max De Kment BW JU 13/07/2007
office to 1 flat

13/06/2007 7-2007-2007-AA
673-675 Christchurch Road Boscombe Formation of outdoor cafe area J D Weatherspoon PLC BW JU 08/07/2007

11/06/2007 7-2007-5477-D
522 Christchurch Road Boscombe Alterations and relief of condition no.2 of Allan Penhale BW LB 06/07/2007
application no.7-2003-5477-B to allow extension of hours from 8.30am until 10pm
from Monday to Saturday.

11/06/2007 7-2007-6643-J
13 St Johns Road Boscombe Erection of garage Max De Kment BW JU V 13/07/2007

13/06/2007 7-2007-16801-B
7-8 Undercliff Road Boscombe Alterations and two storey rear extension Mr Mills BW JU J 13/07/2007

Details of these planning applications will be posted soon on; go to and click 'search applications' on the left, and search using the planning code (eg 7-2006-5195-F)

Last weeks Opening of the Wellspring Centre

Here is the video of the New Wellspring Centre in Boscombe, Contact details:
the church phone number is 391220
The office is staffed at some point in most days, there is an answerphone.
Having successfully found two members of the Environment and economy panel to call in the decision to give a contract for providing Nestle ice cream, a special meeting took place on Wednesday.

We had two deputation's, Julie Dyball, Director of Baby Milk Action (which co-ordinates the boycott) explained about the issue, and Julie White represented Bournemouth Womens Environmental Network, talking about local food procurement.

The panel were concerned about the impact of the Nestle contract on the image of the town, and the recommendation was made to Remove the Nestle advertising, To offer choice, i.e. not just Nestle, and look again at the current situation with nestle, with a view to making a clear decision on our position for future contracts.
Several residents have mentioned that the button on the pedestrian crossing outside Mc Donalds in Boscombe, is so grimy that they don't want to touch it when they need to cross. Though this is a small problem, I have noticed this myself, and it is often the small things that count. I have sent details to highways and they will be attempting to clean it or replace it imminently.
I have found this article on a Dutch site, the picture is definitely me, so I translated the Text:
Lisa Northover stood candidate for Hodgehill. She made a study of how they preferred could and it worked. Nice tune on your telephone! Joe's response were then there a mobile tel. in the room descended. He understood its task of interactive docent in a beautiful manner.
She put himself vervolgens candidate as MP for Bournemouth. And she is a piglet cheese now. But keeps contact but its people.
We are there not yet, thus Montgomery, we sit in the middle of in the work. Everyone has been interested in visits the neighbours. But them is that also in their occupants?
In November he comes to the Netherlands. There he will visit the 56 districts in the restructuring. And, he decides, real risk is that your krigen, for which has asked you. Then it becomes just stretching!
The professor has already an invitation from Pendrecht on pocket. Hij komt eind dit jaar naar de Pendrecht Universiteit.

I have no idea what this is about but am very intrigued I cant stop laughing at the line " And she is a piglet cheese now".......

Roumelia village wall mural takes shape

This project is a partnership between the Tenants Union and Dave Wells who owns this wall in Roumelia Lane.

St Georges Hall

I went to the opening of St Georges hall on saturday, The hall has been completely refurbished and modernised with lots of space available for community use.
The next Boscombe Area Forum will be held on

Tuesday 3rd July from 7-9pm at
St Georges Methodist Hall, Haviland Road, Boscombe.

Address: 7 KNOLE ROAD
Application No: 7/2007/4018/AR
Date Opened: 12 Jun 2007

6th July is the closing date for public call in.

Details of these planning applications will be posted soon on; go to and click 'search applications' on the left, and search using the planning code (eg 7-2006-5195-F)

Cultured Cream

A letter of support in yesterday's Echo
Cultured Cream
With reference to the council ice cream contract, aside from the ice cream contract being awarded to a multi-national company with a record like Nestle's, why does the council believe that the only type of ice cream that will sell from their prime locations is the variety loaded with E numbers? When we visit Cornwall and Devon it is always a pleasure to have their special dairy ie cream made locally from real dairy products. We have several local manufacturers that can provide great quality ice cream and give opportunities to local business too. Alternatively, let the kiosks to local businesses that have a real interest in providing quality products.

a Special Environment and Economy Scrutiny Panel meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 13 June 2007 at 4.00pm in the Royal Hampshire Committee Room, to consider the ‘call-in’.

Boscombe West Ward Profile

This is the profile of our ward.

I would be interested to hear residents views on this.

Boscombe West Ward

Boscombe West is a coastal ward with a resident population of 7,598. The average age of residents is older than the England and Wales average at 41.4 years. Households are smaller than the England and Wales average; however 29% of households are living in overcrowded conditions . The proportion of households with at least one member with a limiting long-term illness is the same as Bournemouth and England and Wales. Over 13.5% of residents described their health as ‘Not good’, the highest figure in the borough.

This is an ethnically diverse ward with a similar proportion of White-British to England and Wales. The largest ethnic group is the White-Other group.

A significant proportion (43.5%) of households do not own a car.

Nearly 50% of households live in privately rented accommodation; this compares with only 20% in the borough as a whole. The majority of rented accommodation is likely to be in flats with many of the flats being converted accommodation.

There are few dependent children households in this ward although the proportion of these living in lone parent households is the same proportion as the borough as a whole. A significant proportion of residents are employed in the hotel and catering industry compared to the borough. Unemployment in this ward is significantly higher than national and borough figures. Qualification levels are similar to the borough and the South West.

The Bournemouth Citizens Panel Survey 2003 results indicate that people in this ward are most concerned about protecting children from abuse and least concerned with improving rail services to London.

Kings Park SK8


I have been invited to be part of the chatterbox show on Hope FM, broadcasting tomorrow at 5.00pm.
APPELLANT: Holton Homes
APPEAL SITE: 7 Florence Road, BournemouthBH5 1HH
REF: APP/G1250/A/07/2043300/NWF

In February 2007 the Council received an application from the above named for planning permission for an “Outline Submission for the erection of a three storey block of 9 flats with bin and cycle stores and formation of parking spaces” at land at 7 Florence Road. The application was refused by the Council on 23 April 2007.

An appeal against this refusal has now been lodged with the First Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and will be determined by an Inspector appointed by her following the submission of written representations.

I am required by The Planning Inspectorate to inform you that if you have any opinions on the proposed development which you wish the Inspector to take into account in determining the appeal, you can either submit three sets of them in writing to: The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/19a, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN quoting reference number APP/G1250/A/07/2043300/NWF or submit your comments through the online appeals service You must ensure that any representations you wish to make regarding this appeal are received by them no later than 28 June 2007.
Officers have looked at this untidy site in Boscombe, and also others which have appeared. they are monitoring the situation, and are contacting the owners to ask them to remove the rubbish.
I have received this response from highways:

I attended site yesterday afternoon to check the operation of the Owls Road/St Johns Road traffic signals. All the pushbuttons on site were demanding the pedestrian phase and all the red and green man far side signals were illuminating as required.

I did, however, find a problem with the detection on St Johns Road which was causing the start of the pedestrian phase to be delayed. I have informed the maintenance company and they will investigate this within 24 hours.
I have recieved this response with regard to the pavements and the parking scheme in Salisbury and Carnarvan Rd

Under the Department for Transport criteria for best practice in highway maintenance, footways are categorised for inspection and maintenance ranging from category 1: Primary Walking Routes, in busy shopping and business areas and main pedestrian routes to Category 4: Local Access Footways, associated with low usage, short estate roads and cul-de-sacs. Salisbury Road is a Category 4 footway, which only receives an annual safety inspection from which any hazardous defects would be repaired.

The Council's limited budget for footway maintenance is concentrated towards the maintenance of Category 1 and 2 footways only, i.e. main pedestrian routes, shopping areas and schools.

I will draw your concerns about the condition of Salisbury Road to the attention of the Portfolio Holder.

The first public consultation to gauge demand on the proposed residents parking permit schemes for the Lytton Road Area Zone and the Salisbury Road/Carnarvon Road Zone went out to residents and the (former) Ward Councillors on 27 March 2007 with a return date of 30 April 2007. We are currently assessing the results to determine the details of a scheme that is best fitted to the needs of the residents for a second round of consultation with the residents at the end of June. Support for the proposals by the residents will lead to a Decision Notice signed by the Portfolio Holder by mid-September approving the final schemes . Advertisement and statutory consultation on the Traffic Regulation Orders to introduce the residents parking permit schemes would start in October, leading to a Decision Notice reporting the outcome in mid-December. And finally, the implementation of the schemes would be January/February 2008.

As you can see, the consultation and statutory processes involved with these schemes is particularly onerous.

For the evidence see:

Questions over ices contract
By Lynn Morris

CAMPAIGN: Cllr LIsa Northover, who is angry about Nestle products being sold in seafront ice cream kiosks
BOURNEMOUTH councillors are to review a contract allowing the exclusive supply of Nestle ice cream in seafront kiosks after confusion over a council motion to boycott the company.

Councillor and anti-Nestle campaigner Lisa Northover was shocked when Bournemouth council awarded a contract allowing the exclusive supply of Nestle ice cream in five seafront kiosks, contrary to a motion adopted in 1994 endorsing the boycott of Nestle products because of the company's policy of supplying free and low cost baby milk formula in contravention of the World Health Organisation's code.

Cllr Northover, 30, said: "I have been boycotting Nestle since I was about 13 because of the marketing techniques they use to push baby milk formula which are against the recommendations for formula milk marketing."

She works with Baby Milk Action, a group, which helps to co-ordinate the international campaign for a Nestle boycott.

Cllr Northover wrote to all councillors asking for the decision to be reconsidered and brought to a scrutiny committee.

She said: "I do not feel that Bournemouth should be associating itself at all with a company with such a poor record, let alone doing an exclusive deal."

She said she was shocked when she saw that the council had signed a three year contract with Hunts Food Service to supply the kiosks with just Nestle ice cream. The contract has an option for a two year extension.

Officers recommended that the leisure services department accept the Nestle products only deal because it was the most financially beneficial.

A spokesman for the council said that there was a cooling off period in the contract so the council could revoke the decision.

Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for economy and tourism, said: "By 1997 both the General Synod of the Church of England and the Royal College of Midwives Council had lifted their boycott of Nestle. It could be unreasonable of Bournemouth to continue the boycott some 10 years later."

He added that he was encouraging Cllr Northover to bring the issue before a scrutiny panel.

A statement from Nestle said that the company now adopts the World Health Organisation code on the marketing of breastmilk substitutes as a minimum standard in developing countries.

A report by charity Save the Children this month called on companies, including Nestle, to stop aggressively market-ing formula baby milk.

7:00pm Friday 1st June 2007