The proposals to introduce car parking charges for some of Poole’s main parks and to extend charging to a number of additional roads around the beach have been out to public consultation. In addition to the formal responses the Council has received 5 petitions with a total of more than 10,000 signatures. These were presented to Council at its meeting on 26th April. Despite attempts by opposition members to have the issue discussed at Full Council these were repeatedly blocked by the ruling party. As a result the petitions together with more detailed proposals will come before a scrutiny committee on 24th May before Cabinet makes a decision in mid-June. As some of you will be aware the issue featured on BBC’s Sunday Politics on 8th May.
Parking issues continue to dominate my mail bag. I am currently working with residents in an attempt to minimise the impact of all–day parking on a number of roads in Broadstone. Brookdale Close, Wentworth Drive and Steepleton Road, for example, all experience a very high level of on-road parking. This not only creates difficulties for residents but also raises safety issues. Unfortunately, with the abolition of Area Committees such issues can no longer be resolved at a local level but now have to be dealt with centrally, a process which is at odds with the concept of localism as set out in the 2011 Localism Act.
At the time of writing there has been no decision on the Lytchett Drive open space issue. I would hope that there will be a positive outcome for residents but I would urge everyone to support the work of Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum which has produced, in its draft plan, a number of policies aimed at protecting all Broadstone’s open and green spaces, including the Lytchett Drive informal play area. Protecting the best features of Broadstone for future generations is especially important.
Cllr Mike Brooke
My next surgery is on Saturday June 4th 10.00am – 12.00 midday in Broadstone Library