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Residents campaigning for council to make Yarmouth Road in Branksome safer
WHAT about us? That’s the question on the lips of retired residents who say they take their lives in their hands getting out of their drives or crossing their busy Poole road.
“We are a forgotten road,” said Barbara Amey, who along with her neighbours in Yarmouth Road, Branksome see improvements proposed for nearby Ashley Road and Poole Road, while they feel neglected.
“It’s a rat run,” said Michael Nixon, of the residential road which is used as a cut-through between Poole and Bournemouth.
“None of these improvements will help us.”
The issue of fast traffic and roadside parking which strays across drives and makes it difficult for residents to get their cars out, has been raised at Borough of Poole committee meetings but nothing is done, say residents.
Mrs Amey, 65, and husband Brian, 73, who have a disabled daughter and grandson, have put their bungalow on the market, partly because of the difficult access. Brian goes out in the middle of the road and stops the traffic to let them out, but I won’t,” she said.
“If they opened Coy Pond Road, that would take the pressure off this road.”
Neighbour Jan Mouland, 71, who suffers from a long term lung condition and is secretary of Breath Easy Bournemouth, said when an ambulance had to come for her it had to park three houses away.
“I can’t run across the road to catch the bus,” she said and called for a zebra crossing. One was installed much further up the road which residents say they have never seen used.
Retired Anthony Foster said: “We need yellow lines. That risks speeding the traffic up. We can stop that. We need a camera out there.”
Mr Nixon said a lower speed limit or a message sign that lit up when drivers went too fast would help. “We need a way to slow the traffic down,” he said.
Two or three schemes a year
Steve Dean, senior traffic engineer, Borough of Poole said the council had recently installed a new pedestrian crossing in Yarmouth Road.
The council receives a large number of requests and has funding for only two or three schemes a year. There are 40 on the waiting list.
“Having just installed a new facility nearby, it would be very difficult to justify introducing further measures at this time.
“A request for double yellow lines was considered at the Alderney and Branksome area committee in April 2012. Following feedback from the local community it was resolved by members not to introduce yellow lines at that time,” he said.
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