The Project Working Group was
formed in December 2005. It comprises 14 local residents and 9 council
The group will work together
to inform and support project aims and progress, and ensure it continues to meet
local needs and expectations.
Mr Norman Reid
Mrs Linda Eaton
Mr Brian Marlow
Mr Michael Barker
Mr Peter Knight
Mr Tony Percik
Ms Julie Packwood
Mrs Patricia Hanley
Mrs Linda Cutler
Mr Bob Heape
Mr Leslie Payne
Mr Bob Rodger
Mr Alan Dobson
Community workers & council officers
what they say about the project
Project Officer, Bourne Stream Partnership
Borough of Poole (BoP) Bourne Valley Ranger
BoP Community Liaison Officer
BoP Anti-Social Behaviour Liaison Officer
BoP Youth Worker, Bourne Valley Youth Centre
BoP Arts in the Community Officer
Director of Community Learning, Rossmore Community College
Sgt. Colin Smith
Dorset Police Bourne Valley Beat Team
Head of Adult & Older People's Services, Poole Primary Care Trust,
NB: letters of support refer to 'Alderney Recreation Ground' which has
since been renamed 'Bourne Valley Park'
of Poole Housing & Community Services
proposals for the Alderney Recreation Ground area as outlined by the
Bourne Stream Partnership I believe would provide many benefits for the
reinstating the stream, creating new habitats and a viewpoint the
area would be improved aesthetically which will help to improve
perception of the area as a valuable habitat and open space, rather than
a piece of 'wasteland'.
Providing footpaths, lighting and seating will make the area more usable
and improve people's perception of it as a safe and appealing place to
walk or play. Creating a space the community can be proud of will
improve community ownership and usage.
creation of a fishing lake will create diversionary activities for young
people and by giving them activities based in the Alderney Recreation
Ground they will feel involved and responsible for the space.
Consultation with the community at every stage of this proposal ensures
the community feel their views are being listened to and they have input
into the development of the site.
formation of a working group consisting of different agencies, officers
and residents gives strength to this proposal as a number of different
views and the different problems faced in the area are being
represented. The proposal has been examined from the point of view of
the point of view of Community Development, involving people in this
project could be the catalyst for further community involvement and
consultation. Getting residents involved in the development of the
Alderney Recreation Ground could therefore lead on to
further benefits to the local community.
Recreation Ground has the potential to be a focal point for a disparate
community and a tangible improvement in the environment may galvanise
residents into action with other schemes."
in the Community Officer
improvements planned for the Alderney Recreation Ground are crucial to
the future stability and social cohesion of the communities that rely on
it. The proposed changes will not only develop the physical environment,
but by involving the communities in the development stages, a real sense
of pride and ownership of the space will be fostered by groups and
individuals alike, which will in turn translate into how the site is
used and maintained in the future.
can ONLY happen with a strong partnership from councils,
schools, communities, agencies and providers - as support will
be needed from all if the project is to succeed. As a group we can bring
a wide variety of skills and resources to the programme, to achieve
a careful balance between the environmental needs of the site, the
social uses of it, and also the way people feel about where they live.
my role as Arts in the Community Officer I would see this project as a
gateway to future arts events and festivals which could take place on
the site, using this safe and communal space for all members of the
community to participate in the arts."
Valley Youth Centre, Alderney
changes planned for Alderney Recreation Ground will enhance this
exciting site by encouraging people to access the area, the stream
(a focal point) and will provide a point of interest for many –
especially the children and young people who have worked on the site
and have already expressed an interest in a pond and flowing water.
the youth workers perspective the children and young people have been
and will be in a position to voice their opinions and contribute to
decision making within their community. The practical tasks they are
involved with have raised their awareness of local
history, knowledge of wildlife and conservation; this has taught
them new skills, challenged stereotypes of environmentalism and enabled
them to access the correct information about why they/ we should manage
involvement of young people in the practical work, and consultation
on the site will hopefully continue across the generations
through the youth club provision, This has only come
about through partnership working - due to the complex
involvement of other organisations and agencies with that have an
interest in the land."
of Community Learning
Rossmore Community College we are continually looking for new and
effective ways to engage with our young people and local community.
Meaningful community engagement can be particularly hard to achieve –
we live in a complex area, and it can be difficult to motivate many of
our youngsters to participate in active citizenship.
of the Alderney Recreation Ground provides an excellent opportunity for
our young people and families to determine the future of our local
environment, something which is particularly important to many local
people. The cultural background of many of our students affords them
with a particular affinity to the land. Channelling their energies
towards having a direct impact on the local area will be of huge
benefit, both for the environment and for the young people.
shows that many of our young people will remain in the immediate area.
And it is vital to gain their long-term participation to ensure success
and "ownership" of the area.
we are developing a number of projects which will result in our young
people having a direct impact on the area. Our projects span both formal
and informal curriculum areas, and Alderney Rec will provide an
invaluable resource for the school and community to carry out further
is only with the support from local community groups, such as the Bourne
Stream Partnership, that we can successfully develop projects which will
have such a long-term impact. Regeneration of Alderney Rec provides an
excellent opportunity for our students and families to invest in their
own future, and create an environment of which they can proud.
Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team
my role as Sergeant of the Neighbourhood Policing Team for Bourne
Valley, I am responsible for addressing the medium and long-term
problems of the area. Two of the issues, which cause the highest number
of complaints to the policing team are:
The illegal riding of motorcycles on the Common and Recreation Ground.
This has been the situation for a number of years, despite the best
efforts of various agencies to address the problem, which have included
adding physical obstacles to the points of entry to prevent bikes being
taken on the Common, going into schools to educate youngsters,
enforcement of the law, including the issue of Section 59 Notices under
the Crime and Disorder Act and even the seizure of the bikes.
Deliberate arson attacks on the Heathland. Dorset Police have an
operational order which comes into force every year to tackle this problem.
It encompasses all of the Heaths and open land in the Borough of Poole,
which emphasises the extent of the problem.
Recreation Ground is a fantastic open space, which at this time, is only
seen as a problem area, dumping ground and source of anti-social
believe the proposals present, for the first time, a long term and
coherent solution to some of these problems. This development can
succeed by engaging the local community and encouraging them to take
ownership and an interest in the area, especially the youngsters who
have the most to gain from this. With the involvement of so many
agencies, interested parties and the will to take this project forward I
believe it can achieve it's aims for the benefit of the whole community.
the long term, with the appropriate safeguards and crime prevention
measures built in, I would expect there to be an overall reduction
of crime and anti-social behaviour in the area and an improvement in the
quality of life for local residents."