Residents call for rethink on-street parking but council says U-turn won't happen (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Residents call for rethink on-street parking but council says U-turn won't happen
RESIDENTS have not given up hope that a compromise will be found in their wrangle with Poole council over parking in their road.
North Road inhabitants presented a petition of 136 signatures to Borough of Poole calling for on-street parking to remain and complaining about the way the decision was taken.
The petition has gone to the efficiency and effectiveness overview and scrutiny committee for future consideration, however the portfolio holder is adamant that the decision to remove 63 parking spaces from the road was properly made.
Tracy Pallatt of Sea View Residents Association said they were hopeful the whole decision would be reconsidered, criticising the way it was “rushed through” and approved on a casting vote.
“What they are doing isn’t good enough,” she said. “They have got the money and they are determined to spend it.”
She said residents would be left with nowhere to park and removing cars from the street would lead to traffic speeding along North Road, particularly on the hill.
She called for parking to be left on one side and for a 20mph speed limit.
Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, who confirmed the recommendation from the transportation advisory group for measures which will help bus operators, said the petition would not change the decision.
Forty-five parking spaces are to be removed from the top of the road, where there have been no objections, and 18 from the bottom, reduced by three from the original proposal.
“We can’t have a big strategy and then U-turn. We have listened to people and accepted different details or adapted to suit people where we can,” she said.
“In the area south of Danecourt Road we have not made any changes.”
She added: “There wasn’t anything that wasn’t right in terms of consultation or process. We are not going to be able to please everybody.”