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on additional roads around the beaches and in several of our parks, such as Whitecliff and Hamworthy, have not been withdrawn.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.