Controversial traffic lights scheme to go-ahead in Burton despite protests

Bournemouth Echo: Controversial traffic lights scheme to go-ahead in Burton despite protests Controversial traffic lights scheme to go-ahead in Burton despite protests

A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to put traffic lights on a busy road in Christchurch is to go-ahead despite protests from residents and councillors.

Dorset County Council has confirmed the £140,000 project on Stony Lane in Burton will start on March 24 and last for four weeks.

The road has suffered from major flooding since December and was completely closed for more than a week last month.

Under the banner of the Three Towns Travel scheme they are proposing to put traffic lights either side of the railway bridge, in effect making traffic flow one-way.

The shared footpath will then be widened to accommodate disability scooter users and parents with buggies as well as cyclists.

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

They added: “During construction the road will be closed at nights from March 31 between 7pm and 6am. Outside of these hours and at weekends two-way temporary signals will be deployed.”

But Dorset County councillor for Burton and Grange ward, David Jones, who along with Burton Parish Council is in opposition to the scheme, said: “This will not provide any benefit to the motorists at all.

“Seeing the chaos that resulted from the closure of the road under the railway bridge recently, they need to listen to local people. I can’t accept it will be worth it – in both a financial sense and disruption.”

Last year, the scheme was postponed to allow councillors to see the result of the Morrisons scheme, which would have spent £1million on improvements to Stony Lane roundabout.

The supermarket was turned down last month.

n Plans for a new cycleway in Somerford have also been amended, with plans for a dedicated route thrown out.

Under the Three Towns Travel, Dorset County Council proposed a dedicated shared footpath and cycleway between Somer-ford Road and the service road.

Instead, following req-uests from Cllr David Jones, they are proceeding with option B – a signed route along the service road.

The original scheme was to cost £245,000 – with the revised plans understood to be “much reduced”.

Cllr Jones said he was “delighted” by the decision but still thought the work was a waste of money.

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1:24pm Thu 6 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Bournemouth&Poole must have the biggest concentration of uncoordinated traffic lights in the country.with your added it could become a world record.Don,t ruin it for the tourist board,.
Bournemouth&Poole must have the biggest concentration of uncoordinated traffic lights in the country.with your added it could become a world record.Don,t ruin it for the tourist board,. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 20

1:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

kalebmoledirt says Bournemouth&Poole must have the biggest concentration of uncoordinated traffic lights in the country.
You should see those in Weymouth! At 3 am with one car approaching a cross-roads, the lights will turn red to stop this lone car.
kalebmoledirt says Bournemouth&Poole must have the biggest concentration of uncoordinated traffic lights in the country. You should see those in Weymouth! At 3 am with one car approaching a cross-roads, the lights will turn red to stop this lone car. PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: 6

1:34pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

I feel sorry for people that will have to use that road after the lights go in. A new/extra bridge would have been better.
I feel sorry for people that will have to use that road after the lights go in. A new/extra bridge would have been better. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 18

1:46pm Thu 6 Feb 14

angiepar says...

Are the council out of their minds..........how can they say there won't be a tail back to the Stony Lane Roundabout. Does that mean to avoid this there will more of a tail back up Stony Lane towards Burton! THIS IS GOING TO BE A NIGHTMARE. There is already always a tail back to get out on to the roundabout at peak times, traffic lights will only compound this.
Are the council out of their minds..........how can they say there won't be a tail back to the Stony Lane Roundabout. Does that mean to avoid this there will more of a tail back up Stony Lane towards Burton! THIS IS GOING TO BE A NIGHTMARE. There is already always a tail back to get out on to the roundabout at peak times, traffic lights will only compound this. angiepar
  • Score: 28

1:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

C'mon Siemens have to get their revenue from somewhere - this seems as useless a place as any.
C'mon Siemens have to get their revenue from somewhere - this seems as useless a place as any. whataboutthat
  • Score: 15

2:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

NONCOM says...

The traffic lights scheme is a totally stupid idea...
"A spokesperson for the council said the signals will be set up so traffic does not tail back to Stony Lane roundabout."
Wish the Echo had named this spokesman. I need someone to send the irate emails to when the traffic backs up on to the Stony Lane roundabout! Not only that, the lights are unnecessary and a waste of money.
The traffic lights scheme is a totally stupid idea... "A spokesperson for the council said the signals will be set up so traffic does not tail back to Stony Lane roundabout." Wish the Echo had named this spokesman. I need someone to send the irate emails to when the traffic backs up on to the Stony Lane roundabout! Not only that, the lights are unnecessary and a waste of money. NONCOM
  • Score: 28

2:23pm Thu 6 Feb 14

twynham says...

whataboutthat wrote:
C'mon Siemens have to get their revenue from somewhere - this seems as useless a place as any.
And don't forget the half a dozen sets of lights on the roundabout if Morrisons/Simons Group lodge a successful appeal!
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: C'mon Siemens have to get their revenue from somewhere - this seems as useless a place as any.[/p][/quote]And don't forget the half a dozen sets of lights on the roundabout if Morrisons/Simons Group lodge a successful appeal! twynham
  • Score: 9

2:38pm Thu 6 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

PUZZLED ONE wrote:
kalebmoledirt says Bournemouth&Pool
e must have the biggest concentration of uncoordinated traffic lights in the country.
You should see those in Weymouth! At 3 am with one car approaching a cross-roads, the lights will turn red to stop this lone car.
Don't ya just love it when the traffic managers tease
[quote][p][bold]PUZZLED ONE[/bold] wrote: kalebmoledirt says Bournemouth&Pool e must have the biggest concentration of uncoordinated traffic lights in the country. You should see those in Weymouth! At 3 am with one car approaching a cross-roads, the lights will turn red to stop this lone car.[/p][/quote]Don't ya just love it when the traffic managers tease kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -2

2:39pm Thu 6 Feb 14

funkyferret says...

£140,000 of money wasted on a problem that doesn't exist.
You can tell it's the end of the financial year - "We have to use the money up, else we won't get it next year."
Is it really such a problem for pedestrians who have been using that bridge in the same way for 40+ years? The lights will require expensive electricity to run, require costly maintenance, and lead to impatient queues, increasing the noise and pollution in the vicinity for the residents.
They are creating work and extra unnecessary expense. If residents & councillors objected, under whose' authority can such project still get authorisation?
£140,000 of money wasted on a problem that doesn't exist. You can tell it's the end of the financial year - "We have to use the money up, else we won't get it next year." Is it really such a problem for pedestrians who have been using that bridge in the same way for 40+ years? The lights will require expensive electricity to run, require costly maintenance, and lead to impatient queues, increasing the noise and pollution in the vicinity for the residents. They are creating work and extra unnecessary expense. If residents & councillors objected, under whose' authority can such project still get authorisation? funkyferret
  • Score: 22

3:05pm Thu 6 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Presumably some of our councillors have shares in traffic light companies?
Presumably some of our councillors have shares in traffic light companies? speedy231278
  • Score: 14

3:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Siemens all over the place (groan!)
Siemens all over the place (groan!) whataboutthat
  • Score: 7

3:56pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Niki1 says...

Good luck with it being done in 4 weeks. The traffic lights at the Stoney Lane/Purewell junction were meant to be worked on for 6 weeks and ended up being over 3 months!!!
Good luck with it being done in 4 weeks. The traffic lights at the Stoney Lane/Purewell junction were meant to be worked on for 6 weeks and ended up being over 3 months!!! Niki1
  • Score: 8

3:59pm Thu 6 Feb 14

whatstheworldcometo says...

Dreamt up in Dorchester, berated in Burton! Spending for spending's sake - what a waste of money.
Dreamt up in Dorchester, berated in Burton! Spending for spending's sake - what a waste of money. whatstheworldcometo
  • Score: 17

5:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

strippervicar says...

An horrendous idea. That traffic will 100% back up to the main roundabout. At rush hour now there is already queues from the roundabout back under the bridge for people want to leave Burton.
An horrendous idea. That traffic will 100% back up to the main roundabout. At rush hour now there is already queues from the roundabout back under the bridge for people want to leave Burton. strippervicar
  • Score: 10

5:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

audicherry says...

Christchurch Council has a reputation with many other Council as being known to be on the take little brown envelopes I belive,just ask Councillors in Eastleigh ,Fareham Southampton, Wolverhampton just to name a few. what Christchurch reputations is over many years .Tucktonia, Priory Quay Developement ,fire at Highcliffe Castle, just a few to start with.. They spent thousands on the Stony Lane roundabout a few years ago against most people views then reverted to what it was..They plead that the must put up the rates again as they have no money.Sorry they certainly know how to waste it,look at the escalating cost of the Waste Service and how poor it is ,4 mph to the gallon the dust carts manage thousands of complaints although denied by the leader of the Council . Lights out when local people want them on they are a joke but take no notice of the average person. Perhaps in desperation Ukip or some other organisation could do something about the idiots.
Christchurch Council has a reputation with many other Council as being known to be on the take little brown envelopes I belive,just ask Councillors in Eastleigh ,Fareham Southampton, Wolverhampton just to name a few. what Christchurch reputations is over many years .Tucktonia, Priory Quay Developement ,fire at Highcliffe Castle, just a few to start with.. They spent thousands on the Stony Lane roundabout a few years ago against most people views then reverted to what it was..They plead that the must put up the rates again as they have no money.Sorry they certainly know how to waste it,look at the escalating cost of the Waste Service and how poor it is ,4 mph to the gallon the dust carts manage thousands of complaints although denied by the leader of the Council . Lights out when local people want them on they are a joke but take no notice of the average person. Perhaps in desperation Ukip or some other organisation could do something about the idiots. audicherry
  • Score: 13

5:59pm Thu 6 Feb 14

bobwoods says...

So lets get this right. The public don't want it, The councillors don't want it and between the 2 schemes mentioned they are spending £385,000 which could be better spent on saving the services that ARE wanted!!. WHY?
So lets get this right. The public don't want it, The councillors don't want it and between the 2 schemes mentioned they are spending £385,000 which could be better spent on saving the services that ARE wanted!!. WHY? bobwoods
  • Score: 7

6:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Wesoblind says...

once again the council are put there by us so whoever votes these idiots in takes part of the blame!!! If people dont want it they should not do it!
If people want a morrisons let them have it!!

All you people moaning need to get a backbone and get out of bed and all get down to the council offices and make yourself heard!!!

Or do sod all and moan and let these money grabbing useless idiots do what they want!
once again the council are put there by us so whoever votes these idiots in takes part of the blame!!! If people dont want it they should not do it! If people want a morrisons let them have it!! All you people moaning need to get a backbone and get out of bed and all get down to the council offices and make yourself heard!!! Or do sod all and moan and let these money grabbing useless idiots do what they want! Wesoblind
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Thu 6 Feb 14

SUZIE001 says...

Please sign my petition against these plans
http://www.gopetitio
n.com/petitions/ston
y-lane-lights.html
Please sign my petition against these plans http://www.gopetitio n.com/petitions/ston y-lane-lights.html SUZIE001
  • Score: 4

6:45pm Thu 6 Feb 14

bobwoods says...

Nappys and Politicians should be changed often. Both for the same reason!
Nappys and Politicians should be changed often. Both for the same reason! bobwoods
  • Score: 3

6:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Burton Saint says...

Deafening silence from the two Borough Councillors on this matter? It is stupid and unnecessary as has been pointed out by so many local residents. Why has the well supported petition organised on the village Facebook page been ignored? As for the lights being co-ordinated so as not to have traffic backing up onto the roundabout, this will mean the traffic backing up Stony Lane probably as far as Footners Lane or Burnham Road. Oh, silly me, it already does back up to Footners in the rush hours and Sunday afternoons. Still never mind, the locals always vote Tory so their seats are safe. Or are they? UKIP is coming local Tories, and it's not just an Anti-European policy anymore.
Deafening silence from the two Borough Councillors on this matter? It is stupid and unnecessary as has been pointed out by so many local residents. Why has the well supported petition organised on the village Facebook page been ignored? As for the lights being co-ordinated so as not to have traffic backing up onto the roundabout, this will mean the traffic backing up Stony Lane probably as far as Footners Lane or Burnham Road. Oh, silly me, it already does back up to Footners in the rush hours and Sunday afternoons. Still never mind, the locals always vote Tory so their seats are safe. Or are they? UKIP is coming local Tories, and it's not just an Anti-European policy anymore. Burton Saint
  • Score: 7

8:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

grizzly-bear says...

Seems like a waste of time and money to me, and I walk down there with children and a buggy most days!

If they want to improve pedestrian access to town from burton, they could always sort out fountain way, which is awful to push a buggy along because the 'footpath' side is slowly but surely collapsing down the embankment, as well as being strewn with rubbish.
Seems like a waste of time and money to me, and I walk down there with children and a buggy most days! If they want to improve pedestrian access to town from burton, they could always sort out fountain way, which is awful to push a buggy along because the 'footpath' side is slowly but surely collapsing down the embankment, as well as being strewn with rubbish. grizzly-bear
  • Score: 3

6:34am Fri 7 Feb 14

Emma.1 says...

Same old story 'they' know best! You only have to look at the traffic schemes in Blandford and Shaftesbury to see that they don't. It doesn't matter who vote for or petitions that are raised it will go ahead. Traffic lights would be better coming out from the car park at Waitrose.
Same old story 'they' know best! You only have to look at the traffic schemes in Blandford and Shaftesbury to see that they don't. It doesn't matter who vote for or petitions that are raised it will go ahead. Traffic lights would be better coming out from the car park at Waitrose. Emma.1
  • Score: 0

6:37pm Sat 8 Feb 14

SUZIE001 says...

Please sign my petition, the link is available on my Facebook page Petition Stony Lane
Thank you
Please sign my petition, the link is available on my Facebook page Petition Stony Lane Thank you SUZIE001
  • Score: 0

6:38pm Sat 8 Feb 14

SUZIE001 says...

Please sign my petition the link is available on my Facebook page Petition Stony Lane
Please sign my petition the link is available on my Facebook page Petition Stony Lane SUZIE001
  • Score: 0

9:47am Sun 9 Feb 14

Local Christchurch Resident says...

So, public don't want this and quite frankly I agree this is rediculous!! Yet the public have said they'd like a Morrisons, yet the council said no!? .... Maybe the brown envelope suggestion is correct. The council seem to be made up of old fossils who are proud of the increasing age of residents in Christchurch. That surely can't do anything for the vitality of Christchurch..... OH, there's a clue, who's responsible for that then, the same councilor who uses her family to post scaremongering in the press!? ...... OH, audicherry, I think you must be right!! ...... I say it's time for change in the Council offices!
So, public don't want this and quite frankly I agree this is rediculous!! Yet the public have said they'd like a Morrisons, yet the council said no!? .... Maybe the brown envelope suggestion is correct. The council seem to be made up of old fossils who are proud of the increasing age of residents in Christchurch. That surely can't do anything for the vitality of Christchurch..... OH, there's a clue, who's responsible for that then, the same councilor who uses her family to post scaremongering in the press!? ...... OH, audicherry, I think you must be right!! ...... I say it's time for change in the Council offices! Local Christchurch Resident
  • Score: 1

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