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Councillor Update – Liberal Democrats – November 2016

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It seems to be one consultation after another at the moment. It started with the Core Strategy, then the Local Plan on Housing and the Green Belt, followed by roadshows and surveys asking for views on a number of proposals to merge Dorset’s various councils. All these are of importance as they will affect both the future development of Poole and the structure of local decision making. Consultation on the proposed merger ended on the 25th October. Councillors are to be briefed on the outcome of the consultation during December and will then vote at a special council meeting in January. I am happy to receive your comments so that I can better represent you at that meeting.

The latest consultation, which continues until 17th November relates to proposed cuts in bus subsidies and as a consequence cuts to services. The Council has budgeted for savings of £300,000 over a three year period. Last year, despite 67% of respondents objecting to cuts to the No.32 service, the council still went ahead with the proposals. This made it very difficult for many elderly Broadstone residents to get into Broadstone or Poole. The current proposals include the cutting of the No. 18 service which loops through the northern and western parts of Broadstone, and if implemented, will isolate yet more elderly and vulnerable residents. Grants have been provided by the Government to enable councils to subsidise some non-commercial routes in order to meet a social need, but it is these routes that get targeted for the cuts. If you want to keep this service it is vital you respond to the survey letting the council know how a cut would affect you. Paper forms are being distributed by council officers on the bus but there is also an on-line form which can be accessed using the following link:
http://www.poole.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/public-transport/bus-subsidies-and-consultation/

I have already spoken at committee against the proposed cuts to the No.18 service and will continue to fight for its retention because of the importance to residents. I am campaigning with my Lib Dem colleagues so we have set up an on-line petition which can be accessed using this link: http://www.middorsetlibdems.org.uk/bus_petition

Since work started on the McCarthy and Stone site in Dunyeats Road the community notice board near the old post office has been unavailable for use. I have been in discussions with the company’s planning agent and there is now agreement that an A1 sized notice board will be attached to the hoardings adjacent to the temporary post office. At the time of writing a date for its installation has not been provided but hopefully it will be in place by the time you read this.

As I walk around the village I regularly report untreated weeds on the pavements, potholes, access problems for people with disabilities and broken manhole covers amongst a wide variety of issues. I am pleased to report that so far everything I have submitted, for example, three potholes repaired in Lytham Road, overgrowing trees on the trail-way have been cut back to avoid damage to a resident’s garage, has either been dealt with or scheduled for action. If you are aware of any issues do please get in touch and I will do my best to resolve them.

My surgeries take place on the first Saturday of the month: 5th November and 3rd December from 10.00am in Broadstone Library. In 2017 my first surgery will be on Saturday 7th January.

Councillor 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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