It’s been a busy month since my last update with two big issues still dominating my workload. My March surgery was much busier than usual with many enquiries about the Crematorium roundabout and the Lytchett Drive play area. It was good to get a lot of positive feedback from residents on the actions I have been taking. Mention was also made of the LED lighting currently being rolled out in Broadstone. Responses overall have been positive though there appear to be a few teething problems. Overall the scheme will save the council considerable sums of money.
I attended the Transport Advisory Group meeting on Thursday 11th of March and spoke to keep of the roundabout. I am pleased to report that the officers have responded to the almost 3,000 signature petition I had handed in earlier. The roundabout will remain but with some minor changes to sight lines especially at the Crematorium junction. Toucan crossings will be installed in Dunyeats Road and on the northern exit from the roundabout. These address safety issues for both cyclists and pedestrians and should have little impact upon traffic movements as the lights will only change when activated by someone wanting to use the crossing. I was concerned about the proliferation of posts and street clutter but the officers have agreed to minimise this following my representation.
Following the Cabinet decision on February 9th to continue to assess the Lytchett Drive play area for housing, I took advantage of the Council’s Call-in procedure to formally challenge this decision and a meeting was arranged for Monday 7th March. As the lead member for the call-in I was able to address the scrutiny committee and focused on the existence of a covenant which set aside the land as amenity space and informal play area. Although the Council had failed over the years to formally designate the site as amenity land in its various plans, the Head of Planning Services confirmed the agreement was still valid and that the land could be designated as amenity space. When this recommendation was put to the vote there was a two- two split with one abstention. The Chair of the committee used his casting vote to ensure that Cabinet will be asked at their next meeting on March 22nd to approve the recommendation to designate the land as amenity green space. I will await the outcome of that meeting with interest since Cabinet may, if they so choose, disregard the recommendation. It was pleasing to see so many residents attend the meeting to see how this aspect of the Council works. I would like to publicly express my thanks for all the support they have given me throughout.
My next surgery is on Saturday April 2nd in Broadstone Library from 10.00 ’til 12.00
Councillor Mike Brooke