Parkstone residents' anger over council's yellow line decision

OPPOSITION: Kate Revuelta, front, with a petition from fellow residents of Churchill Gardens

OPPOSITION: Kate Revuelta, front, with a petition from fellow residents of Churchill Gardens

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ANGRY residents say a council error denied them the chance to properly protest against double yellow lines on their road.

Neighbours from sixteen of the 20 households on Churchill Gardens, in Parkstone, signed a petition objecting to the proposals.

They waited patiently to see the item appear on a local area committee meeting agenda, when a decision would be made.

But it never did, and this week they found out it was a done deal along with parking restrictions for six other roads.

Mum-of-three Kate Revuelta, 35, said: “When we handed the petition in we were told they would make sure it was considered at the meetings.

“We kept looking at the agendas and the next thing we know, a few residents have got letters saying it’s been decided.”

She has made a formal complaint and is informing the local government ombudsman.

Residents argue parking is already limited as most houses don’t have a drive, and the two parking bays are used for visitors.

Mrs Revuelta, who works at Tesco, added: “They will end up parking in Churchill Road, which is already busy enough.

“The council say it is because of the fire brigade but there are roads much narrower than ours in Parkstone.

“They’ll have to do the lot. It’s completely unnecessary, it’s only a little cul de sac.”

New Road, Cromwell Road, Beaconsfield Road, Beresford Road, Douglas Road and Cooke Road were also decided on April 25, without featuring online.

Poole council says the correct agenda was displayed on the Civic Centre foyer noticeboard, meeting legal requirements, but the information was not loaded on to its website.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, bin men and a resident raised concerns about access.

Steve Dean, senior traffic engineer, said: “The committee recognised that emergency access could be required at any time, and approved the double yellow lines to be sure that emergency access would always be available.”

Branksome West councillor Phil Eades said: “It is not good enough that the item was missed off the online agenda. We ought to be informing people what we’re talking about.”

He said representatives from Cromwell Road were present to speak and that a resident initially raised the parking issue, while the fire brigade agreed.

“It would be utterly irresponsible to ignore the professionals,” he added.

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5:40pm Sun 27 May 12

wonderway says...

then who ever built these houses were given planning permission by the council for a access that was inadequate for its usage thus breaking regulations so who's going to prosecute the council for their error they could have met half way and yellow lined just one side,.

It would be utterly irresponsible to ignore the professionals,” he added.
but you were unprofessional not posting information on your web site to inform residents so when you being removed from post
then who ever built these houses were given planning permission by the council for a access that was inadequate for its usage thus breaking regulations so who's going to prosecute the council for their error they could have met half way and yellow lined just one side,. It would be utterly irresponsible to ignore the professionals,” he added. but you were unprofessional not posting information on your web site to inform residents so when you being removed from post wonderway
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6:36pm Sun 27 May 12

EGHH says...

Its about time Local Government was bought to book by the people who pay for it e.g. Council Tax payers. Seems they are a law unto themselves.
Its about time Local Government was bought to book by the people who pay for it e.g. Council Tax payers. Seems they are a law unto themselves. EGHH
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6:58pm Sun 27 May 12

The Renegade Master says...

Double yellow lines are springing up all over the conurbation at the moment. The reason is NOT safety. It's revenue generation.
The local Council's bought a expensive camera cars last year and since then have been waging war on the motorist. It's an absolute disgrace.
With sky high parking charges across the area it's no wonder people are staying away from town centres and using FREE out of town shopping centres like Castlepoint instead.
Our Council's say they want our town centres to thrive? You must be joking. They couldn't care less if all the shops were empty as they would just shaft the landlords for the rates instead.
Double yellow lines are springing up all over the conurbation at the moment. The reason is NOT safety. It's revenue generation. The local Council's bought a expensive camera cars last year and since then have been waging war on the motorist. It's an absolute disgrace. With sky high parking charges across the area it's no wonder people are staying away from town centres and using FREE out of town shopping centres like Castlepoint instead. Our Council's say they want our town centres to thrive? You must be joking. They couldn't care less if all the shops were empty as they would just shaft the landlords for the rates instead. The Renegade Master
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8:08pm Sun 27 May 12

ben12341979 says...

If it was safety it would have been done the same time they built the houses! Fire engines and bin carts are still the same size! What a joke the council are!
If it was safety it would have been done the same time they built the houses! Fire engines and bin carts are still the same size! What a joke the council are! ben12341979
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9:51pm Sun 27 May 12

Vikki27 says...

Actually, to a degree I have to disagree with the suggestion it isn't for safety. We moved from Beresford Road last year and at the time, they were proposing the double yellows, BUT only on the corners where cars parking there totally obscure the view of any cars coming from the other road. Although I can't comment on the other roads (and I don't understand why they would need them in Churchill Gardens at all), in the case of Beresford Road, it really is for legitimate safety reasons. If you ever tried to turn at that crossroads while the vans and cars are parked right up to the corners, you'd understand why!
Actually, to a degree I have to disagree with the suggestion it isn't for safety. We moved from Beresford Road last year and at the time, they were proposing the double yellows, BUT only on the corners where cars parking there totally obscure the view of any cars coming from the other road. Although I can't comment on the other roads (and I don't understand why they would need them in Churchill Gardens at all), in the case of Beresford Road, it really is for legitimate safety reasons. If you ever tried to turn at that crossroads while the vans and cars are parked right up to the corners, you'd understand why! Vikki27
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8:25am Mon 28 May 12

mikey2gorgeous says...

A quick look at Google maps shows 18 residences all but 2 of which have off-road parking for 2 cars. More likely there is constant parking in the turning facility.
A quick look at Google maps shows 18 residences all but 2 of which have off-road parking for 2 cars. More likely there is constant parking in the turning facility. mikey2gorgeous
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9:28am Mon 28 May 12

Tig says...

Unsurprising. The Transport Advisory Group (TAG) make their own decisions without taking the public's views into account. Occasionally, when they have to they listen to us they do, but the fact is they've already made up their minds on what they're going to do. They just pay 'lip service' to the public.
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Dates of transport meetings that the public can attend are impossible to find on their website (that's if they're ever there at all). After all, who cares what the majority think? They know what they want and the rest of us can go to hell.
Unsurprising. The Transport Advisory Group (TAG) make their own decisions without taking the public's views into account. Occasionally, when they have to they listen to us they do, but the fact is they've already made up their minds on what they're going to do. They just pay 'lip service' to the public. . Dates of transport meetings that the public can attend are impossible to find on their website (that's if they're ever there at all). After all, who cares what the majority think? They know what they want and the rest of us can go to hell. Tig
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