May I take this opportunity to congratulate Vikki Slade on her recent by-election victory and welcome her back on to Poole Borough Council. Vikki joined me for our November surgery in Broadstone library. We were extremely busy, with most issues raised relating to inconsiderate and dangerous parking, fast moving traffic and access to the Nuffield waste and recycling centre. Inevitably the threat to the No. 18 bus service in Broadstone was causing concern to many elderly residents who depend upon it for their trips into Broadstone, Poole and Bournemouth. Poole Council’s consultation closed on 13th November by which date our petition to keep the loop through Broadstone had gained around 300 signatures. This has now been handed in to council for consideration along with the consultation responses. All the information will be collated by the officers and made available to us in January. A decision will be made before the end of March for implementation in May. We will argue for retaining the service at the appropriate committee.
Dorset County Council are proposing to withdraw all their bus subsidies. Whilst this will impact primarily upon rural bus services the No.3 from Wimborne through Corfe Mullen to Broadstone could well be affected. Given the failure of Dorset County Council’s officers to liaise with Poole’s Transportation officers it has fallen to us to raise the issue. We are working closely with Cllr Susan Jefferies in Corfe Mullen where we are also promoting a petition to save the Wimborne – Corfe Mullen link. We would urge Broadstone residents to sign this as well. Assuming Dorset County Council undertakes a consultation it is again extremely important that as many people as possible respond. Like the No. 18 link, the No. 3 is of critical importance to Broadstone and Corfe Mullen residents.
By the time you read this article Vikki and I will have met with Poole’s Transportation officers to discuss a number of other issues including 20 mph restrictions, improvements to the newly created school zones on Dunyeats Road, McCarthy and Stone’s mitigation contributions to highway improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway, failing road surfaces and the plethora of lights at the crematorium roundabout – a case of overkill!
The outcome of the consultation on the proposed council mergers will be available to councillors in early December when we will be provided with a detailed briefing. The decisions will be made at a series of council meetings in early January when councillors will debate the issue and vote. Since residents have been denied the opportunity to vote on the proposals it would be helpful to us if you could let us know your views so that we can better represent you in the debate.
Vikki and I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Our next surgeries are: Saturday 3rd December, Saturday 7th January and Saturday 4th February 10.00 – 12.00 Broadstone Library.
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