TRAFFIC is set to be halted towards Poole Park as a permanent closure is trialled and a consultation opens to the public.

From Wednesday, January 17, access to the entrance and exit points of the park at Whitecliff Road and Twemlow Avenue will be stopped for vehicles.

BCP Council will be launching a four-week consultation on the same date to hear views of local residents, businesses and visitors to Poole Park.

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The trial gate closure will be 24 hours a day and is an extension to the current closures in place from Monday to Saturday between 7.30am to 10am.

The public are encouraged to give their feedback on whether they support they closure and their reasons why.

The closure will be in place until the results of the trial and consultation are evaluated.

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Cllr Andy Hadley, BCP Council’s portfolio holder for climate response, environment and energy said: “Trialling a closure of this entrance to the park alongside an online public consultation gives our residents the opportunity to comment, having seen how these proposed measures affects them and others.

“Reducing traffic in Poole Park could benefit both park users and the special wildlife who inhabit the park.

“The park also plays an important role in the council’s active travel network and this proposal aligns with our commitment to promote active and sustainable travel, and support everyone to live active and healthy lives.

“I would encourage people who do use the park to experience these changes before the middle of February and see for themselves the difference this trial closure may make to their daily lives.

“We are keen to consider the views of everyone who uses Poole Park, and once the consultation has closed all responses will be reviewed and considered ahead of a decision being made on a permanent closure.”

Other vehicle access points, parking, including disabled parking, in the park will not be affected.

The survey can be accessed on January 17 on BCP Council’s ‘Have Your Say’ page and the consultation will be open until midnight on February 13.

Paper copies of the questionnaire will be available in all BCP libraries.