‘Listen to the locals’ – residents urge council to think again over controversial Stony Lane road works

Bournemouth Echo: RECONSIDER: Stony Lane underneath the railway bridge in Burton RECONSIDER: Stony Lane underneath the railway bridge in Burton

“THINK again.”

That’s the message from frustrated villagers and councillors urging Dorset County Council to reconsider controversial road works in Burton.

Highways officers confirmed last week that the £140,000 Three Town Travel project to put traffic lights either side of the railway bridge, making traffic flow one-way, would begin on March 24.

It will last for four weeks and during construction the road will be closed at nights from March 31 between 7pm and 6am.

Outside of these hours, two-way temporary signals will be used on the road, which has suffered from major flooding and been closed on and off since December.

A petition started by villager Sue Bussell already has 500 signatures from concerned residents.

Sue said: “Burton is a small village with a current traffic problem which was made worse by previous works to Stony Lane roundabout and now they want to make it even worse.

“It’s badly thought out and without proper consultation with Burton residents.

“People should have been written to and told about this. The council needs to listen.”

As part of the proposals, the shared footpath under the railway bridge will be widened to accommodate disability scooter users, parents with buggies and cyclists.

“I have spoken to young mums and cyclists and they all agree the path doesn’t need to be wider”, Sue added.

“It will only cause gridlock throughout the day when there is a closure on the bypass like there was last week.”

Judy Jamieson, chairman of Burton Parish Council said: “The parish council with local councillors Colin Jamieson, David Flagg and David Jones have raised the matter yet again with Dorset County Council stressing that the upheaval and disturbance there is not beneficial cost-wise at this moment in time.

“We see it as a complete waste of money and are urging the county council to think again.”

A spokesperson for the council said the signals will be set up so traffic does not tail back to Stony Lane roundabout.

To sign the petition go to gopetition.com/petitions/stony-lane-lights.html

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9:22am Sun 16 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

Complete waste of maoney

A wider footpath is NOT needed

Rather spend the money on the MUCH more sensible option of improving the drainage

Sometimes I wonder where the priorities of these people lie

Cretins!
Complete waste of maoney A wider footpath is NOT needed Rather spend the money on the MUCH more sensible option of improving the drainage Sometimes I wonder where the priorities of these people lie Cretins! billy bumble

9:29am Sun 16 Feb 14

pd7 says...

why should they listen , they are the experts
why should they listen , they are the experts pd7

12:30pm Sun 16 Feb 14

RSI says...

Why waste money on this when the surface of the B3082 Wimborne to Blandford road at Badbury Rings is an absolute disgrace.
Perhaps the Echo could do a story on this? (With folded arms!)
Why waste money on this when the surface of the B3082 Wimborne to Blandford road at Badbury Rings is an absolute disgrace. Perhaps the Echo could do a story on this? (With folded arms!) RSI

1:08pm Sun 16 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

When has roads departments ever listened to local residents
When has roads departments ever listened to local residents s-pb2

1:27pm Sun 16 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Ve haf to give siemens ze money, dont you understand?
Ve haf to give siemens ze money, dont you understand? whataboutthat

2:35pm Sun 16 Feb 14

smhinto says...

Can anybody actually recall any time the Council have in fact listened to anybody ??
Can anybody actually recall any time the Council have in fact listened to anybody ?? smhinto

2:39pm Sun 16 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

Is it £6 mill the conurbation has got for the Three Towns travel project?

As a matter of interest does anybody know if any of this money has been spent on improving the flow of motor vehicles?
Is it £6 mill the conurbation has got for the Three Towns travel project? As a matter of interest does anybody know if any of this money has been spent on improving the flow of motor vehicles? billy bumble

3:26pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Jetwasher says...

Freaking traffic light mad the council just leave the bloody things alone or is someone getting a back hander every time a set is installed, that would not surprise me at all.
Freaking traffic light mad the council just leave the bloody things alone or is someone getting a back hander every time a set is installed, that would not surprise me at all. Jetwasher

3:45pm Sun 16 Feb 14

madras says...

Madness! Has anyone form the council actually seen the volume of traffic during rush hour? This isn't only about people getting to/from Burton, you know. If they had thought through the by-pass/Spur Road then a lot of people wouldn't use the Avon Causeway to avoid the chaos of Bargates/Barrack Road...
Madness! Has anyone form the council actually seen the volume of traffic during rush hour? This isn't only about people getting to/from Burton, you know. If they had thought through the by-pass/Spur Road then a lot of people wouldn't use the Avon Causeway to avoid the chaos of Bargates/Barrack Road... madras

5:03pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Vacationist says...

Yet another case of bad road management in the area. What is wrong with these people!
Yet another case of bad road management in the area. What is wrong with these people! Vacationist

5:46pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

Rather than spend £140 grand on making a pavement wider when hardly anybody uses it anyway is pure nonsense, take the £140 grand and put it to good use filling in all the pot holes. now that would be worth while.
Rather than spend £140 grand on making a pavement wider when hardly anybody uses it anyway is pure nonsense, take the £140 grand and put it to good use filling in all the pot holes. now that would be worth while. Hessenford

6:25pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Turtlebay says...

Spend the money on bringing the road surfaces back to normal Dorchester County COWN-cil!
Spend the money on bringing the road surfaces back to normal Dorchester County COWN-cil! Turtlebay

6:26pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Turtlebay says...

*CLOWN-cil
*CLOWN-cil Turtlebay

8:13pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Rich© says...

why don't they install temporary traffic lights to see how things would work out & that way they haven't wasted all that money !
why don't they install temporary traffic lights to see how things would work out & that way they haven't wasted all that money ! Rich©

9:44am Mon 17 Feb 14

PokesdownMark says...

Exactly as Rich says... try this out with temporary lights first. The potential impact from getting this wrong will be felt on roads far away. Weren't the delays at Bmth hospital associated with the flooding under this bridge - with higher than normal volumes of traffic using Castle Lane as a result?

It seems hugely irresponsible not to try this out first.
Exactly as Rich says... try this out with temporary lights first. The potential impact from getting this wrong will be felt on roads far away. Weren't the delays at Bmth hospital associated with the flooding under this bridge - with higher than normal volumes of traffic using Castle Lane as a result? It seems hugely irresponsible not to try this out first. PokesdownMark

12:05pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ukipifyouwant2 says...

With traffic lights causing a traffic jam and even longer tail-backs in Stony Lane it will enable the bypass to flow more freely, making it easier for Highcliffe residents to get to Bournemouth.

Highcliffe and surrounding wards account for 50% of Christchurch Council, Burton & Winkton only 8%. A coincidence ?
With traffic lights causing a traffic jam and even longer tail-backs in Stony Lane it will enable the bypass to flow more freely, making it easier for Highcliffe residents to get to Bournemouth. Highcliffe and surrounding wards account for 50% of Christchurch Council, Burton & Winkton only 8%. A coincidence ? ukipifyouwant2

6:10pm Mon 17 Feb 14

youarekiddingmeright says...

A spokesperson for the council said the signals will be set up so traffic does not tail back to Stony Lane roundabout.

What about the other way you numpty spokesperson back in to Burton, the traffic already sometime backs up to Footners lane, for those that do not know the area that is that is a fair way back.
Stop wasting our money and, how about getting the traffic to flow freely instead of trying to stop it moving.
A spokesperson for the council said the signals will be set up so traffic does not tail back to Stony Lane roundabout. What about the other way you numpty spokesperson back in to Burton, the traffic already sometime backs up to Footners lane, for those that do not know the area that is that is a fair way back. Stop wasting our money and, how about getting the traffic to flow freely instead of trying to stop it moving. youarekiddingmeright

1:58pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Build another bridge, job done for another 100 years, and it will work and not use electricity and break down as lights do.
Build another bridge, job done for another 100 years, and it will work and not use electricity and break down as lights do. Telscombe Cliffy

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