Back to the drawing board: plans to build new roundabout at Hurn falls at first hurdle due to ‘lack of information’

Bournemouth Echo: BACK TO DRAWING BOARD: Hurn roundabout near Bournemouth Airport BACK TO DRAWING BOARD: Hurn roundabout near Bournemouth Airport

PLANS to build a new roundabout at Hurn have been pulled from a Christchurch planning meeting due to a lack of information.

Proposals to build a replacement roundabout with new street lighting and landscaping on the B3073 were due to go before councillors on Thursday.

But due to minimal information about the environmental impact of the work, officers from Dorset County Council, who are proposing the scheme, have gone back to the drawing board.

As part of the report to councillors, the county council say the need for “capacity improvements” to relieve congestion and cater for growing traffic on the busy road is well known.

This is particularly important due to ever-increasing employment at Bournemouth Airport.

In the past, the prospect of a bypass has been mooted but due to the increasing cost and environmental impact, officers have had to look again.

The estimated cost for the so-called “Hurn Southern Bypass” would be around £10million – four times the cost of the proposed junction work.

However, some concerns have been raised about the proximity to the conservation area and the amount of trees which would be felled as a result of the new roundabout plans going ahead.

Detailed plans would be subject to public consultation before the final go-ahead is given, the report stated.

Margaret Phipps, chairman of Hurn Parish Council said: “The problem is although the parish council have been involved in the scheme there doesn’t seem to be much acknowledgement it is in the conservation area.

“They are going to have to take out some substantial mature oaks.

“There should be something acknowledging it and a landscape design scheme if they are putting in an application of this magnitude.

“Councillors need to have all the information.”

Officers at Christchurch council said the lack of a tree planting report was a “serious concern”.

A spokesperson for Dorset County Council said: “The application for the Hurn roundabout scheme has been withdrawn from this month's planning committee agendas at Christchurch Borough Council and Dorset County Council because consultees have asked for further information before they respond.

“This information will be supplied over the next few days, and there will then be a further 21-day consultation period before the application is considered by the planning committees.”

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12:24pm Fri 10 Jan 14

ben111 says...

Thats the first time ive heard it as Hurn falls
Thats the first time ive heard it as Hurn falls ben111

12:25pm Fri 10 Jan 14

MandinVerwood says...

It doesn't take much common sense to work out what is needed here. a bigger roundabout and the roads realigned so that Matchams Lane does not have a junction at the end but comes out directly onto the roundabout too.

Then further up Matchams there should be another relief road that connects to the A338 just south of the runway and make the junction with the east side of the airport another roundabout. Then this could be made into the main link to the terminal buildings. It would relieve traffic further south, provide more options when there are issues on the A338 and ease traffic.

Yes it's going to cost money!! But every year delayed, it will on be more expensive. In many years to come people will say, oh why didn't they build that then like they do with the other failed road projects in the area.

We will only get a decent infrastructure if the councils make some bold decisions. Look Forward!!
It doesn't take much common sense to work out what is needed here. a bigger roundabout and the roads realigned so that Matchams Lane does not have a junction at the end but comes out directly onto the roundabout too. Then further up Matchams there should be another relief road that connects to the A338 just south of the runway and make the junction with the east side of the airport another roundabout. Then this could be made into the main link to the terminal buildings. It would relieve traffic further south, provide more options when there are issues on the A338 and ease traffic. Yes it's going to cost money!! But every year delayed, it will on be more expensive. In many years to come people will say, oh why didn't they build that then like they do with the other failed road projects in the area. We will only get a decent infrastructure if the councils make some bold decisions. Look Forward!! MandinVerwood

12:44pm Fri 10 Jan 14

glendower2909 says...

And hopefully they will factor in extra traffic from the proposed free school relocation
And hopefully they will factor in extra traffic from the proposed free school relocation glendower2909

1:14pm Fri 10 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Stop tinkering and dithering around with the old narrow roads around here please.

What is needed and should have been built at least thirty years ago is a high profile dual carriageway link directly connecting Bournemouth Airport to a major roundabout junction on the A338 near Blackwater bridge. A relatively small construction that could still make such a positive difference to people's perception of the Airport and significantly boost business, because you cannot have a serious modern 'International Airport' accessible only via country lanes!
Stop tinkering and dithering around with the old narrow roads around here please. What is needed and should have been built at least thirty years ago is a high profile dual carriageway link directly connecting Bournemouth Airport to a major roundabout junction on the A338 near Blackwater bridge. A relatively small construction that could still make such a positive difference to people's perception of the Airport and significantly boost business, because you cannot have a serious modern 'International Airport' accessible only via country lanes! muscliffman

1:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Chriswood says...

Totally agree. Get on with it now.
Totally agree. Get on with it now. Chriswood

1:37pm Fri 10 Jan 14

twynham says...

Why the fuss about access to the "International Airport"?
Only half a dozen flights per day.
Why the fuss about access to the "International Airport"? Only half a dozen flights per day. twynham

2:38pm Fri 10 Jan 14

High Treason says...

More cars, more roads, more cars, wider roads, more cars and so it goes on. Isn't it time we looked into alternative ways of transporting people and goods. What with building more houses with more people and more cars it has to end sometime. But the human race is all want and our grand children will want a better environment that is all cars, roads and housing.
More cars, more roads, more cars, wider roads, more cars and so it goes on. Isn't it time we looked into alternative ways of transporting people and goods. What with building more houses with more people and more cars it has to end sometime. But the human race is all want and our grand children will want a better environment that is all cars, roads and housing. High Treason

3:09pm Fri 10 Jan 14

mark.s says...

Bournemouth Airport is an odd one. The message seems to change from circa one year to the next. One time they're giving it the publicity about being an international airport with large recent investment, new flights and carriers, seriously looking to take on other regional airports like Southampton or Bristol.

And then we hear that they're struggling, having flights and carriers leave, and are losing passenger numbers. And the cycle continues.

Let's face it, what we've needed for 25 years is major investment in the road network in our area to ease the constant chaos. Everything from the creaking A31 through the Forest from the M27, the stop start St Leonards, the Ferndown road, this Hurn road, the A338 blackwater accident zone, Castle Lane, Wallisdown.

Unfortunately the area has been built so much now that placing new roads or improved existing becomes harder and harder. The boat has probably sailed. But we're going to grind to a complete halt if we're not careful.
Bournemouth Airport is an odd one. The message seems to change from circa one year to the next. One time they're giving it the publicity about being an international airport with large recent investment, new flights and carriers, seriously looking to take on other regional airports like Southampton or Bristol. And then we hear that they're struggling, having flights and carriers leave, and are losing passenger numbers. And the cycle continues. Let's face it, what we've needed for 25 years is major investment in the road network in our area to ease the constant chaos. Everything from the creaking A31 through the Forest from the M27, the stop start St Leonards, the Ferndown road, this Hurn road, the A338 blackwater accident zone, Castle Lane, Wallisdown. Unfortunately the area has been built so much now that placing new roads or improved existing becomes harder and harder. The boat has probably sailed. But we're going to grind to a complete halt if we're not careful. mark.s

3:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

mark.s says...

I remember chatting to a women on the bus as we were stuck in gridlock coming up to Wallisdown recently, she'd been living in west central London for years and thought Bournemouth would be a change of pace. To her horror, the traffic chaos is no better at all.
I remember chatting to a women on the bus as we were stuck in gridlock coming up to Wallisdown recently, she'd been living in west central London for years and thought Bournemouth would be a change of pace. To her horror, the traffic chaos is no better at all. mark.s

4:23pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Gastines3 says...

The various Councils need to get together,for a change,look at the problems affecting the whole conurbation,poole their resources and do one decent job instead of continually wasting millions on bits and pieces. If the people submitting the latest plans are incapable of knowing how to prepare their submissions,they should be sacked.Why do we have to keep paying for Council officers and employees who can't do their jobs?
The various Councils need to get together,for a change,look at the problems affecting the whole conurbation,poole their resources and do one decent job instead of continually wasting millions on bits and pieces. If the people submitting the latest plans are incapable of knowing how to prepare their submissions,they should be sacked.Why do we have to keep paying for Council officers and employees who can't do their jobs? Gastines3

5:58pm Fri 10 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Having read this article I find it truly amazing Christchurch council refer to the Tree Planting as a concern, what an absolute bare faced cheek, after a news item this morning re chopping trees in Druit Garden so flats can be built.As luck would have it one councillor had the balls to stop these trees being felled,
Not to mention people power who also didn't want these tress felled.
I know this is on a slightly different tack but it just goes to show how daft many of our so called people in high office councillors are . Useless sums it up very well,
Having read this article I find it truly amazing Christchurch council refer to the Tree Planting as a concern, what an absolute bare faced cheek, after a news item this morning re chopping trees in Druit Garden so flats can be built.As luck would have it one councillor had the balls to stop these trees being felled, Not to mention people power who also didn't want these tress felled. I know this is on a slightly different tack but it just goes to show how daft many of our so called people in high office councillors are . Useless sums it up very well, skydriver

6:22pm Fri 10 Jan 14

old duffa says...

..................We will only get a decent infrastructure if the councils make some bold decisions. Look Forward!!...........
.....
i agree Bournemouth and Christchurch council s are so far behind,our town will be a no go for cars soon
they wont be bold,too many old handshakers
conservation area,bla,bla,bla
lizards next, bla ,bla bla
can you imagine if the A338 was not built all those years ago
we have to move forward,put me in charge,they would not as im too young at sub 50
..................We will only get a decent infrastructure if the councils make some bold decisions. Look Forward!!........... ..... i agree Bournemouth and Christchurch council s are so far behind,our town will be a no go for cars soon they wont be bold,too many old handshakers conservation area,bla,bla,bla lizards next, bla ,bla bla can you imagine if the A338 was not built all those years ago we have to move forward,put me in charge,they would not as im too young at sub 50 old duffa

7:06pm Fri 10 Jan 14

apm1954 says...

simple traffic lights, at the moment one car moves at a time, the other two roads that join the roundabout frankley comes to a halt , at least with lights a dozen or so cars can go through at a time , also make the road two lanes for a lot longer when trying to join the a338.
simple traffic lights, at the moment one car moves at a time, the other two roads that join the roundabout frankley comes to a halt , at least with lights a dozen or so cars can go through at a time , also make the road two lanes for a lot longer when trying to join the a338. apm1954

7:14pm Fri 10 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

It's still a tinpot airport more suited to Lancasters.
It's still a tinpot airport more suited to Lancasters. BIGTONE

9:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Isosceles says...

They can have the (unintelligent) Weymouth traffic light system any time they like.
Don't wish, you might get what you don't want.
They can have the (unintelligent) Weymouth traffic light system any time they like. Don't wish, you might get what you don't want. Isosceles

11:46pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

DCC cannot even draw up a passable plan?

Give it a rest, lads. You haven't a clue. Dorchester is a different world.
DCC cannot even draw up a passable plan? Give it a rest, lads. You haven't a clue. Dorchester is a different world. Yankee1

12:15pm Sun 12 Jan 14

reeve007 says...

Why not repeat the magic roundabout as at Canford Bottom ??
The another at the airport entrance to help with the new school.
Believe me I have lots more stupid suggestions, just as good as those
Why not repeat the magic roundabout as at Canford Bottom ?? The another at the airport entrance to help with the new school. Believe me I have lots more stupid suggestions, just as good as those reeve007

12:49pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Crank says...

No one care about keeping what character we have left in this blighted borough? Do you all really want the worst that the greatest anti-conservationist
s, the Highways Authority, can throw at you, without regard for history, charm, heritage, wildlife, trees - just urban and hideous infrastructure, bland and having no sense of place?
The airport with an international aspiration is farcical without the rail access all the others have . . . now THAT would be talking.
No one care about keeping what character we have left in this blighted borough? Do you all really want the worst that the greatest anti-conservationist s, the Highways Authority, can throw at you, without regard for history, charm, heritage, wildlife, trees - just urban and hideous infrastructure, bland and having no sense of place? The airport with an international aspiration is farcical without the rail access all the others have . . . now THAT would be talking. Crank

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