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Nominating the BCCA as an Asset of Community Value PDF Print E-mail
Written by bccafriends   
Friday, 12 October 2012 11:41

Yesterday, we emailed our nomination to list the BCCA as an "asset of community value" with B'mth Council.  We copied in the Leader of the Council, John Beesley and Leaders of the other political groups in too as well, as local ward Councillors and of course our local M.P., Tobias Ellwood.  As we believe we are the first group to nominate an asset of community value in the area, we have also contacted the Echo with our news. 

Below is the email we sent:

Friends of the Boscombe Centre for Community and Arts,

11th October 2012

For the Attention of Mr. Tony Williams,

Chief Executive,

Bournemouth Council

 

Dear Mr. Williams,

 

Re:  The Boscombe Centre for Community and Arts (BCCA), Haviland Road, Bournemouth – Nomination as Asset of Community Value

 

BCCA Friends request that Bournemouth Council list the building and land known as the Bournemouth Centre for Community Arts (BCCA) as an Asset of Community Value as defined by the Localism Act, 2011.  Our request is to list the entire site and buildings, which is owned by Bournemouth Council as outlined and defined in the Land Registry on the 11th October 2012.

 

As you know, it is the intention of Bournemouth Council together with Bournemouth 2026 to demolish the majority of the BCCA buildings in order to build dwellings for sale through a Community Land Trust. 

 

As a company limited by guarantee, we are eligible as a group according to the Act to put forward a nomination.

 

You will be aware that our group is locally based and its aims have been to reopen the BCCA as a self funding Community and Art Centre in order to enhance the historic links to the Shelley family;  to provide workshop, exhibition, office and concert space to local creatives, fledgling entrepreneurs, small businesses, voluntary organisations and agencies; to encourage tourism through supporting the creative industries; to aid regenerate Boscombe; to increase community health and wellbeing; and to be a dynamic community ‘not for profit’ organisation responding to the needs of the community.

 

The planning application put forward to demolish and build on the BCCA site was opposed by 938 individuals, whilst those writing in favour of the planning application numbered only 2;  we submit that this shows the volume of local view that the BCCA is seen as an Asset of Community Value, which should not be demolished.  Additionally, part of the objection form the 938 signed, contained a sentence requesting that, “In addition, I formally submit that together with BCCA Friends, I request that under the Localism Act (2011) the entire BCCA site be listed by the Council as a Asset of Community Value immediately as that part of the Act comes into force.”  We submit that this shows the local view that the BCCA is an Asset of Community Value and should be listed as such.

 

Whilst the BCCA has been closed as an Adult Learning Centre for 4 years, the need during that period, however, for a Community and Art Centre has grown, rather than diminished, with Boscombe now being the “most deprived community in the entire South West” yet it does not have the benefit of a Community Centre.  Bournemouth Council seek to regenerate Boscombe via the creative industries, yet a major hurdle is the severe lack of workable space for hire for creatives, which the BCCA can amply provide. Although, Council Officer, Andy Williams produced a report for the Planning Board stating that the demolition of the BCCA would not “constitute a loss”, Mr. Williams report is contentious according to a report from Creative Kids, and statements made both by Bournemouth Creatives and also New Wave Integrated Care. 

 

BCCA Friends put forward a business plan in the past to Bournemouth Council, which the Council rejected.  Certainly, without a “lease dependent on funding” provided by the Council, getting through all the stages of funding has been prohibitive.

 

Now, however, with the possibilities that the Localism Act raises and with other parties wishing to join with the Friends in producing an updated business plan, the Council may view matters differently.

 

The format we have produced here in nominating the BCCA for listing as an asset of community value is in line with that produced by other Councils, however, should there be any further information Bournemouth Council requires from us, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or post. 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Linda Ni’Man (on behalf of BCCA Friends)

 

Last Updated on Friday, 12 October 2012 11:50
 
Theatres Trust seek 'Call In' from Rt.Hon. Eric Pickles PDF Print E-mail
Written by bccafriends   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:20

Important Announcement!  The Theatres Trust has sent a letter requesting the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles, Sec. of State for Communities and Local Govn. "calls in" the planning application to demolish the BCCA.  To see the letter click here:

 http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/news/show/4137

 

 
Dame Vivienne Westwood becomes Patron of Shelley Legacy in Bid to Aid Most Deprived Community in South West as Bournemouth Council Bulldoze “Big Society” PDF Print E-mail
Written by bccafriends   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 16:22

Dame Vivienne Westwood joins forces with locals in Boscombe, Bournemouth as patron in a bid to save the Boscombe Centre for Community and Arts (BCCA) from imminent demolition by the local Conservative Council, who wish to build 11 houses on the site after forming a Community Land Trust (CLT) with Bournemouth 2026.  Locals say the demolition will dash their hopes for a “Big Society” plan to bring economic revival, and the 3 rooms the Council intend to leave will do nothing to help economic growth or the needs of the local creative industry, businesses, residents and tourists. 

Dame Westwood said, “The arts, culture and our heritage should be enjoyed and harnessed for all the benefits they can bring to this and future generations,”  and that, “it is inconceivable the local Council would even consider destroying this building located in the heart of the community, and so close to the beach, which is a legacy of the Shelley family for only 11 houses – especially as the Council seek to regenerate Boscombe through the Creative Industries.”

Katherine Edgar of BCCA Friends -  the action group heading up the campaign for over 4 years - say their social enterprise business plan, based on research with 2,663 residents, requires no funding from the Council and could breathe “economic, cultural and social revival”.   BCCA Friends member, Linda Ni’Man says, “There are no wet weather facilities, or attractions in Boscombe to draw tourists to, so businesses have been failing for years.  The site and building is large enough for a theatre/cinema; workshops for creatives; small gym; museum to the Shelley family; with room still left for residents’ needs. Locals cannot understand why the Council have failed to put the BCCA out to tender to attract wider interest; we know there are parties interested in it.”

Katherine said it was frustrating that, “Although housing is desperately needed, that could be provided for by converting Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) as they come up for sale.  At asking prices of £250K, each one could provide 2 large 3 or 4 bedroom flats with gardens for families; this would start to produce a much needed more balanced demographic and still retain the desperately needed BCCA.  Not only has our business plan - which is essentially a ‘Vision for Boscombe’ - got the backing of residents it also has the written backing from various educational and health establishments, as well as businesses.  What I want to know is, where in the country can David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ become a reality, if it can’t in a Conservative Council run town!”

BCCA Friends’ letter and evidence to the Prime Minister of what they say is a lack of “due process” over the handling of the planning application has been unsuccessful in securing government intervention.

BCCA Friends were successful in obtaining Listing for the two original school rooms with English Heritage in 2008. An Indenture signed in 1879 by Sir Percy Florence Shelley (son of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and author Mary Shelley) contains Restrictive Covenants, restricting the use of the site and buildings to the people of the area for educational purposes; it was originally designed as a school and later in 1962 it became the first Theatre in Education commissioned by any local education authority in England;  Dame Sybil Thorndike was patron. 

Planning application for the demolition of the BCCA was put forward by B’mth 2026 and B'mth Council and granted by B’mth Council on 18th June, despite 938 objections from residents and only 2 residents in favour.

BCCA Friends can be contacted on:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it see also on Facebook at: Boscombe Arts and also webpage: www.BoscombeArts.org.uk  

Mobile: 07938238282 

See film inside the BCCA  to think about what we could lose: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ8X_Z5iNUE&feature=related

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 15:07
 
Cabinet Decide to Demolish Community Hopes and Big Society PDF Print E-mail
Written by bccafriends   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:40

Today, 25th July, Bournemouth Cabinet made the decision to demolish the “Big Society” community hopes along with the demolition of the Community and Art Centre. Once the full report regarding the decision is available we will post it online. 

Details of aspects of the report prepared in advance of the Cabinet meeting today can be found here:

http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/CouncilDemocracy/Councillors/CouncillorCommitteeMeeting/Cabinet/2012/07/25/Agenda/120725-Agenda-and-reports-package-for-uploading.pdf

We have very significant news, which will be released by the press in the next few days;  this is not over yet!

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 12:08
 
Council Plan to Destroy Shelley Legacy PDF Print E-mail
Written by bccafriends   
Thursday, 21 June 2012 22:42

Announcement: We wish to make it clear, on the 18th June, Bournemouth Council's Planning Board decided to vote FOR the planning application to destroy our Community and Arts Centre - the BCCA - other than 3 rooms and build 11 houses. Your Ward Councillors who DID NOT work on your behalf to support you are: Christopher Wakefield, Jane Kelly, Christopher Rochester, Phil Stanley-Watts and John Wilson. The ONLY Ward Councillor who supported our community was Linda Bailey and the other Councillor who supported you was Roger West, who was on the Planning Board. The next elections are in 2015. In the last local elections the number of votes for Jane Kelly were 747; for Chris Wakefield 723; ......The number of residents who voted to retain our Community and Art Centre were 938...guess what people care about most? This is not over ...we will keep you posted......"In order to get from what was to what will be, you must go through what is."
Make no mistake, we fully intend to take the matter further.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 22:46
 
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