Ashley Road like a slalom course, say disabled residents

Bournemouth Echo: Wendy Tiffin, centre, with Leonard Cheshire Disability local campaigns co-ordinator Julie Stainton, left, and Parkstone councillor Sally Carpenter Wendy Tiffin, centre, with Leonard Cheshire Disability local campaigns co-ordinator Julie Stainton, left, and Parkstone councillor Sally Carpenter

RESIDENTS with disabilities have catalogued the problems they face venturing into their local high street.

Campaigners at The Grange, a Leonard Cheshire home in Parkstone, documented the obstacles blighting Ashley Road.

They hope life may become easier now that the Borough of Poole has secured £1million to spend on improving the route with an emphasis on pedestrians and public transport.

Wendy Tiffin has been campaigning to improve the road since she moved to The Grange four years ago and was thrown from her wheelchair by a steep camber next to a pelican crossing.

She says the council improved the crossing after two years of pressure.

Wendy said the current problems on Ashley Road include high kerbs, poorly positioned lampposts and telegraph poles, narrow pavements and A-boards.

“It’s a nightmare in some places. It’s like a slalom course going in and out,” she said.

She added she was reticent to travel along the road on her own.

The ‘street audit’ of Parkstone was carried out by Wendy and fellow resident Paul Rasch. It says:

* The Ashley Road/North Road junction is ‘impassable for wheelchair users’ because there is no safe crossing time for pedestrians and there are no dropped kerbs northwards.

* The Ashley Road/Sea View Road junction has no dropped kerbs from the south to north side of Ashley Road or the north-east side of Ringwood Road.

* Inadequately dropped kerbs across side roads make crossing difficult.

* The Ashley Road/Weymouth Road junction has a badly located lamppost, with a post box blocking people’s view of traffic.

* Wheelie bins left on pavements make it hard for wheelchair users to pass.

* Mansfield Road and its junction with Ashley Road are blighted by poorly sited lampposts, traffic light columns and a telegraph pole plus a narrow pavement.

* A-boards are sited on a narrow stretch of pavement outside a row of Ashley Road shops.

Parkstone councillor Sally Carpenter took a tour of the blackspots with Wendy and with Leonard Cheshire Disability’s southern region campaigns co-ordinator Julie Stanton.

Cllr Carpenter said: “With the local Sustainable Transport Fund, hopefully some of that will go towards improving conditions on Ashley Road.

“This certainly highlights the problem and I’m hoping we can improve some of the facilities.”

The issues were raised at a recent meeting of the borough’s Newtown and Parkstone area committee, where traffic manager SteveTite told campaigners they would be consulted over the Ashley Road improvements.

“We recognise that we’re going to have a huge range of issues and concerns,” he said.

Committee member Cllr Brian Clements said of the Ashley Road grant money: “It’s supposed to be about priority going to pedestrians and certainly people with disabilities come into that category.”

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4:02pm Mon 21 Jan 13

t.p.forster says...

Will the council deal with the other pavement obstructions including cars parked on the footpath. Probably not. Cars rule everywhere but remember councillors ...pedestrians have the vote too!
Will the council deal with the other pavement obstructions including cars parked on the footpath. Probably not. Cars rule everywhere but remember councillors ...pedestrians have the vote too! t.p.forster
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4:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13

suzigirl says...

t.p.forster wrote:
Will the council deal with the other pavement obstructions including cars parked on the footpath. Probably not. Cars rule everywhere but remember councillors ...pedestrians have the vote too!
and don't forget the cyclists using the footpaths!
[quote][p][bold]t.p.forster[/bold] wrote: Will the council deal with the other pavement obstructions including cars parked on the footpath. Probably not. Cars rule everywhere but remember councillors ...pedestrians have the vote too![/p][/quote]and don't forget the cyclists using the footpaths! suzigirl
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4:50pm Mon 21 Jan 13

EGHH says...

suzigirl wrote:
t.p.forster wrote:
Will the council deal with the other pavement obstructions including cars parked on the footpath. Probably not. Cars rule everywhere but remember councillors ...pedestrians have the vote too!
and don't forget the cyclists using the footpaths!
Well said. I fear for mothers with pushchairs when a cyclist is bearing down on them at high speed. Cyclists should be on the road like other road users. Pavements are for pedestrians!!
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]t.p.forster[/bold] wrote: Will the council deal with the other pavement obstructions including cars parked on the footpath. Probably not. Cars rule everywhere but remember councillors ...pedestrians have the vote too![/p][/quote]and don't forget the cyclists using the footpaths![/p][/quote]Well said. I fear for mothers with pushchairs when a cyclist is bearing down on them at high speed. Cyclists should be on the road like other road users. Pavements are for pedestrians!! EGHH
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5:02pm Mon 21 Jan 13

SeafaringMan says...

EGHH wrote:
suzigirl wrote:
t.p.forster wrote:
Will the council deal with the other pavement obstructions including cars parked on the footpath. Probably not. Cars rule everywhere but remember councillors ...pedestrians have the vote too!
and don't forget the cyclists using the footpaths!
Well said. I fear for mothers with pushchairs when a cyclist is bearing down on them at high speed. Cyclists should be on the road like other road users. Pavements are for pedestrians!!
As a cyclist I agree entirely. I would never dream of riding on the pavement; or passing a red light; and I care more for my skin than to ride at night without proper lights.
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]t.p.forster[/bold] wrote: Will the council deal with the other pavement obstructions including cars parked on the footpath. Probably not. Cars rule everywhere but remember councillors ...pedestrians have the vote too![/p][/quote]and don't forget the cyclists using the footpaths![/p][/quote]Well said. I fear for mothers with pushchairs when a cyclist is bearing down on them at high speed. Cyclists should be on the road like other road users. Pavements are for pedestrians!![/p][/quote]As a cyclist I agree entirely. I would never dream of riding on the pavement; or passing a red light; and I care more for my skin than to ride at night without proper lights. SeafaringMan
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6:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

madras says...

agree 100% - start with wheelie bins - in christchurch it's policy they should be put out on the pavement! Then cars parked...
agree 100% - start with wheelie bins - in christchurch it's policy they should be put out on the pavement! Then cars parked... madras
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8:25pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Black Pirate says...

Sadly this yet again points to how pedestrians and cyclists are treated as second class citizens in Poole! The car is king and provision for pedestrians and the disabled are afterthoughts. When will Highways and ECPS people realise that if they make it difficult for other road users then they will all use the car and there will be even more congestion and air pollution. Why is it other towns realise this but not Poole. I found it very difficult to get answers from the bin department. Plus it's a sustainable transport fund therefore most of the money should be spent on sustainable modes of transport like walking and cycling.
Sadly this yet again points to how pedestrians and cyclists are treated as second class citizens in Poole! The car is king and provision for pedestrians and the disabled are afterthoughts. When will Highways and ECPS people realise that if they make it difficult for other road users then they will all use the car and there will be even more congestion and air pollution. Why is it other towns realise this but not Poole. I found it very difficult to get answers from the bin department. Plus it's a sustainable transport fund therefore most of the money should be spent on sustainable modes of transport like walking and cycling. Black Pirate
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10:21pm Mon 21 Jan 13

phonehome says...

Black Pirate wrote:
Sadly this yet again points to how pedestrians and cyclists are treated as second class citizens in Poole! The car is king and provision for pedestrians and the disabled are afterthoughts. When will Highways and ECPS people realise that if they make it difficult for other road users then they will all use the car and there will be even more congestion and air pollution. Why is it other towns realise this but not Poole. I found it very difficult to get answers from the bin department. Plus it's a sustainable transport fund therefore most of the money should be spent on sustainable modes of transport like walking and cycling.
"The issues were raised at a recent meeting of the borough’s Newtown and Parkstone area committee, where traffic manager SteveTite told campaigners they would be consulted over the Ashley Road improvements."

And be ignored just like the Twin Sails bridge, its approach roads and the infamous gyratory system.

When will Poole get it right first time instead of always playing "catch up" at our expense?
[quote][p][bold]Black Pirate[/bold] wrote: Sadly this yet again points to how pedestrians and cyclists are treated as second class citizens in Poole! The car is king and provision for pedestrians and the disabled are afterthoughts. When will Highways and ECPS people realise that if they make it difficult for other road users then they will all use the car and there will be even more congestion and air pollution. Why is it other towns realise this but not Poole. I found it very difficult to get answers from the bin department. Plus it's a sustainable transport fund therefore most of the money should be spent on sustainable modes of transport like walking and cycling.[/p][/quote]"The issues were raised at a recent meeting of the borough’s Newtown and Parkstone area committee, where traffic manager SteveTite told campaigners they would be consulted over the Ashley Road improvements." And be ignored just like the Twin Sails bridge, its approach roads and the infamous gyratory system. When will Poole get it right first time instead of always playing "catch up" at our expense? phonehome
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10:26pm Mon 21 Jan 13

phonehome says...

Sorry Black Pirate, didn't mean to link to your quote. Website very slow tonight.
Sorry Black Pirate, didn't mean to link to your quote. Website very slow tonight. phonehome
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8:37pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Black Pirate says...

No worries phonehome.

I agree with your comments. Be interesting to see what the consultation is will it be a set of already decided plans and telling people what they will get! Or will it be actual real engagement asking what people want and letting them have a hand in designing it?

Its clear from the gyratory that Highways Dept. don't know how to consult properly!
No worries phonehome. I agree with your comments. Be interesting to see what the consultation is will it be a set of already decided plans and telling people what they will get! Or will it be actual real engagement asking what people want and letting them have a hand in designing it? Its clear from the gyratory that Highways Dept. don't know how to consult properly! Black Pirate
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