Local community site for Broadstone, Dorset, since 1999

Councillor Update – Liberal Democrats – July 2016

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At Poole Council’s Cabinet meeting on 14th June I was able to address members on a number of issues including the open space at Lytchett Drive. Cabinet finally agreed to drop the site from the list of options previously deemed suitable for housing. However, it was not a total climb down so it is imperative we all support Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum’s proposal to designate the area as a Local Green Space and so give it the protection it should have. Contrary to the recommendations of the Place Scrutiny Committee proposals to introduce parking charges on additional roads around the beaches and in several of our parks, such as Whitecliff and Hamworthy, have not been withdrawn. Instead, officers have been asked to do more work. The Conservative Cabinet did agree to car park charges being introduced at Upton Country Park. Visitors will face having to pay up to £4 depending upon length of stay. I have consistently opposed these proposals.

Broadstone post office will continue to operate during the construction of the McCarthy and Stone development, albeit in a temporary building. The change from the existing post office to a large portacabin should be seamless. Once the development is complete the post office will move into one of the commercial units immediately behind the portacabin site. It is important that everyone continues to use the facilities to ensure we retain a post office into the future.

Broadstone HSBC bank is closing in August. The justification, apparently, is the increased use of on-line banking. The closure will possibly impact upon some of our local businesses and raises questions as to what will happen to the property.

I am looking into the abuse of the ‘no loading’ areas of Grange Road and York Road and the failure of the council’s enforcement officers to monitor the situation. These zones have been created for both safety reasons and improved bus access but blatant abuse by lorry, van and car drivers is nullifying the benefits and putting lives at risk.

Finally, my post bag is being filled with complaints about potholes (which aren’t being filled), blocked drains and uncut grass verges.

Cllr Mike Brooke

My next surgery is on Saturday July 2nd 10.00am – 12.00 midday in the library.

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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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  1. Woodlawn House:I noticed a crane working on the old house and a group of builders working on the red brick house today. Any idea what the renscotruction is in aid of? Is it being restored to its former glory or something else.Kevin

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