Public meeting on proposed Poole beach parking charges

Public meeting regarding Poole Council's proposal to introduce parking charges on roads around the beaches in Poole, DorsetJulian McLaughlin (standing, left) from Poole Borough Council addresses the public meeting.

This morning I attended a packed, public, consultation meeting, at Canford Cliffs, concerning the proposed Poole beach parking charges by Poole Borough Council. The event was organised by Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & District Residents’ Association. 150 people attended, with a few refused entry due to venue capacity restrictions.

The Council want to install pay and display parking on streets around the beaches in Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs, in Poole, implementing this in the summer of 2016. If the plans are approved the following roads will have parking meters:-

Sandbanks

Panorama Road, Brownsea Road, Grasmere Road, Seacombe Road.

Canford Cliffs

Cliff Drive, MacAndrew Road, Bodley Road, Beaumont Road, Flaghead Road, St Clair Road, Brudenell Avenue, Brudenell Road, Haven Road (part), Chaddesley Glen.

Branksome

Western Road (part), Lakeside Road, Buccleuch Road, Ettrick Road, Dalkeith Road, Westminster Road, Pinewood Road.

Chairing the meeting was Roy Pointer, from Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & District Residents’ Association. Aside from the public, also in attendance was Bob Lister, Chairman of Poole Beach Huts’ Association. Poole Borough Council was represented by Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services and Darryl Howells, Senior Planning Office.Two Canford Cliff Ward Councillors, both Portfolio Holders, Cllr. Mrs May Haines & Cllr. Mohan Iyengar, also attended.

During the meeting a vote was taken regarding those protesting against the proposed charges and 149 people were vocal in their condemnation, with just 1 person against.

Residents have until April 6, 2016, to register their views on the parking proposals. There is more information on the proposed charges on the Council’s website here. There is an Echo article on the proposed charges here.

Public meeting regarding Poole Council's proposal to introduce parking charges on roads around the beaches in Poole, DorsetA Poole resident addresses the group.

Public meeting regarding Poole Council's proposal to introduce parking charges on roads around the beaches in Poole, DorsetBob Lister, Chairman of Poole Beach Huts Association (standing at the front, dark jacket), has his say.

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