Hamside Residents Association
|Author: Ann Smeaton||Published: 17th October 2008 11:03|
The Hamside Residents' Association keeps a watchful eye on matters that affect particularly those residents of Hamworthy who live closest to the designated Regeneration Area. (The north eastern portion of Hamworthy, on and behind both sides of the Blandford Road, between the lifting Bridge and St Michael's Church).
However, it is realized that issues affecting the Hamside Residents' Association's area often also have a bearing on the daily life of those living within the rest of the peninsula. So, comments are always welcome from all Hamworthy residents.
Our next AGM will take place on 30TH MARCH 2010 in the new Hamworthy Library commencing at 7.00pm. DO COME ALONG - HEAR WHAT WE DO - AND HAVE YOUR 'SAY'. Everone is welcome.
In recent times 'Hamside' , following consultation with residents, has been much engaged in issues relating to planning applications.
The latest being the plans drawn up for the replacement Co-op. 'Hamside' became aware that these plans were a cause of concern to residents because the proposed new build would have been only marginally larger than the present temporary portakabin. The reasoning behind the C-op's revised plans for a smaller store being that residents now are shopping at the Lidl Store - over a mile distant from the Co-op! Yes - residents do advise that sometimes they shop at Lidl's . They also shop at Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco, etc. because the present temporary Co-op - being so small - carries a very limited stock.
However, the size of a particular store is not a reason for refusal by the Planning Committee. The reasons the recent Co-op's planning application was refused were on the following lines:
- Delivery lorries would obstruct the pavement
- The Co-op proposals would not optimise the comprehensive opportunity afforded by the site and adjacent land to deliver improved local shopping facilities within the Hamworthy Local Centre.
Nonetheless, following the refusal of their recent planning application, the Co-op have advised that they are committed to building a new store in Hamworthy.
It is hoped now that bigger and better facilities will be provided.
Saadly, there seems still to be little progress with regard to the development of the former Hamworthy First School site.
School site 2008Furthermore, as no funds are forthcoming from the development of the School Site, it is very unlikely also that 'Tuckers Field' (previously the Old First School's playing field) will be made available for community use. 'Tuckers Field' was thought by the indigenous community to be dedicated open space, but it now appears that this status is being reviewed by the Council.
- The Hamside Residents Association covers the houses sited on both sides of the Blandford Road from the Bridge to St Michael's Church and all roads north east of this demarcation. Also: Station Road, Shapwick Roaad, Moorings Close, Burngate Close and St Michael's Close.
- However, it is realised that anything that hapens in our particular area often also has an effect on the daily life of others living within the Hamworthy peninsula. Consequently we welcome all residents who care about their locality to our Annual General Meeting which, as stated above, is due to take place on 30th March 2010 in the new Hamworthy Library commencing at 7.00pm