Residents in 11th-hour plea to halt North Road parking restrictions

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RESIDENTS will make an 11th hour bid on Thursday (January 24) to kill off parking restrictions planned for a major Poole road.

Although the Borough of Poole dropped proposals to ban parking near the foot of North Road, it is pushing ahead with plans to remove most of the parking further up the hill.

But residents of that stretch of the road fear the plans will increase traffic speeds as well as making life difficult for occupants of flats. They are planning to submit a last-minute petition to cabinet member Cllr Xena Dion, the cabinet member responsible for transport.

The council proposals were a response to requests from Wilts and Dorset, which said its buses were being held up on the route.

North Road resident Deb Smith said: “This is already a fast road. The speed warning sign is ignored all the time. The new measures involve removing the parked cars that act to slow the traffic.

“In other areas the council is paying out to install traffic calming, yet on North Road, also a residential road it has seemingly bowed to pressure from Wilts and Dorset.”

She said there would not be enough parking for residents of the road’s flats. And she said people using new playing fields on North Road would have nowhere to park.

Officers are advising Cllr Dion that “for the most part, properties have sufficient off-road parking”. They say the aim is to encourage more people to use buses and cycles between Bournemouth and Poole town centres.

A report to Cllr Dion, who is due to sign off a decision on Thursday, said the scheme sought to achieve an “acceptable balance” between the council’s duty to manage the road network and the need to accommodate residents’ parking needs.

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4:41pm Wed 23 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

Which councillor has a stake in the line painting company?
Which councillor has a stake in the line painting company? BIGTONE
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5:48pm Wed 23 Jan 13

skydriver says...

Well said, it has really become clear that 99% of councillors are a waste of space, they don't think of those whom voted them in office, Come the next election those 99% will be out of office, with luck. That statement refers to the entire area,
Well said, it has really become clear that 99% of councillors are a waste of space, they don't think of those whom voted them in office, Come the next election those 99% will be out of office, with luck. That statement refers to the entire area, skydriver
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6:22pm Wed 23 Jan 13

EGHH says...

"They say the aim is to encourage more people to use buses and cycles between Bournemouth and Poole town centres. "

Another good reason why I never shop in either towns. On-line or out of town shopping centres for me thank you.
"They say the aim is to encourage more people to use buses and cycles between Bournemouth and Poole town centres. " Another good reason why I never shop in either towns. On-line or out of town shopping centres for me thank you. EGHH
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8:39pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Hobad1 says...

Of course this has nothing to do with Borough of Pooles intention to charge its staff for parking at the civic centre. Because if they go ahead with this, many staff would choose not to pay to park at the civic centre, but would instead seek alternative, sometimes free, parking elsewhere. The nearest being, surprise surprise, North Road. Why don't BoP councillors just vote to make the whole of Poole a no parking zone and kill off what is left of the local economy. As for "buses being held up on route", i've used the road each and every day for the last 6 years and have never noticed a problem. In fact, if Wilts and Dorset want to make the roads better, get your drivers to stop blocking roundabouts where there are clear "keep clear" signs. If they do that...traffic moves !! If you want to witness it, go the the top of alder road (parkstone end) at peak times, and see the queues caused by Wilt and Dorset buses blatantly ignoring road signage. Also BoP planners stop putting bus stops in stupid positions, right on roundabouts/immediat
ely after left turns on busy 4-way crossings are not the best place for bus stops, as putting them there causes no end of traffic problems at busy junctions. Thinking about it......has no-one at BoP got any sense ?
Of course this has nothing to do with Borough of Pooles intention to charge its staff for parking at the civic centre. Because if they go ahead with this, many staff would choose not to pay to park at the civic centre, but would instead seek alternative, sometimes free, parking elsewhere. The nearest being, surprise surprise, North Road. Why don't BoP councillors just vote to make the whole of Poole a no parking zone and kill off what is left of the local economy. As for "buses being held up on route", i've used the road each and every day for the last 6 years and have never noticed a problem. In fact, if Wilts and Dorset want to make the roads better, get your drivers to stop blocking roundabouts where there are clear "keep clear" signs. If they do that...traffic moves !! If you want to witness it, go the the top of alder road (parkstone end) at peak times, and see the queues caused by Wilt and Dorset buses blatantly ignoring road signage. Also BoP planners stop putting bus stops in stupid positions, right on roundabouts/immediat ely after left turns on busy 4-way crossings are not the best place for bus stops, as putting them there causes no end of traffic problems at busy junctions. Thinking about it......has no-one at BoP got any sense ? Hobad1
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9:35pm Wed 23 Jan 13

shaggy dog walker says...

A better thing to do with the £30k the council wants to spend on North Road would be to improve the pavements then it would encourage more people to walk. That is sustainable transport. Also, to allow this to go ahead with two councillors against and two voting for it - one of them twice with a casting vote, this should not even be considered to be taken any further forward.
A better thing to do with the £30k the council wants to spend on North Road would be to improve the pavements then it would encourage more people to walk. That is sustainable transport. Also, to allow this to go ahead with two councillors against and two voting for it - one of them twice with a casting vote, this should not even be considered to be taken any further forward. shaggy dog walker
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