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 email@example.com 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