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Councillor Update – Liberal Democrats – January 2016

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Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

I hope you all had a really enjoyable Christmas.

I attended the Gravel Hill public consultation for over three hours on the 19th November. Broadstone Library was packed. Everyone accepted some work was essential but serious reservations were raised over other proposals. 3 months closure and diversion of traffic along Lower Blandford Road and through the Broadway with the prospect of gridlock, additional pollution and noise in the very heart of Broadstone was high on people’s lists. Concern over buses, especially the No. 4, was raised and I have agreed to discuss this with the bus company. However, the strength of feelings expressed over the proposal for traffic lights at the junction of Dunyeats Road and Gravel Hill were such that I have requested a meeting with the Head of Transportation Services to discuss possible alternatives.

I have recently discovered the Council hosts a petition page so I have, in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Forum, created a new petition requesting the council withdraw its proposed traffic light scheme at the Crematorium roundabout. If you wish to sign the petition you can access it via the link on the Broadstone.net website. If you prefer you can email me via m.brooke@poole.gov.uk or write care of The Liberal Hall, York Road, Broadstone, BH18 8EX

On the 1st December a workshop was held for councillors to examine Poole’s housing needs – now around 710 new homes every year until 2031 – and to try to find possible sites and solutions. Clearly there is going to be undue pressure on greenbelt land as well as the likelihood of much taller buildings and higher densities, all of which are potentially highly contentious. I would welcome your views.

My surgeries are on the first Saturday of each month from 10.00 – 12.00 in the Library.

Happy New Year

Cllr Mike Brooke

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First elected to Poole Borough council in 2003 Mike is currently leader of the Lib Dem group. He is married to Annette, recently retired MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, and has two grown up daughters and one granddaughter. Mike has lived in Broadstone since 1977 and is currently chairman of Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum. At council Mike sits on the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee and has recently chaired two working parties; one on bullying in schools and the other on School standards. Mike runs a small business selling mineral specimens world wide, is interested in ornithology and has an eclectic taste in music.

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