Hello and Happy New Year, Im sure you have all read the minutes of meeting from the last post. Todays post is about what to watch, what to do and what to look out for this first year of Transforming Travel. You have some great engineers and Officers, they need supporting by Cllrs that might not know that much about the next 3 years work. Ill come on to how you can help with that shortly, first- its been a crazy year and you might have been following this COVID era as it emerged with regard to transport from my posts since April 2020.
Our Councils all over U.K had to act, and we have been grateful to them for this whether or not some of the ideas failed or not. The best initiatives were things that have been in discussion for decades, like Poole Old Town and Quay pedestrianization. Evening hill missing link, Darbys Lane LTN , and more of them were things that have been in development for years. We are still waiting for any announcement from BCP about the second tranche of funding schemes, but hope to see Whitecliff at least confirmed from this list. Conversation with portfolio holder for transport has gone rather stagnant, unfortunately as for all his best intentions sees BHAT as a single interest group, which is miles away from reality, we are collaborators. With now over 600 members that are interested in the whole emergence of new transport priorities that will benefit all BH residents regardless of how they travel. So reminder- heres the schemes and dates they reached 6 Months duration that should have consultation results being published yesterday.
Emergency Active Travel Fund part 1
Poole quay and Lower High st, 27 DEC 2020-
This is now up and we await details of what the consultees to the work said?
Next up we have the most significant piece of improvement to roads of all the work.
Evening Hill protected lane, 14 JAN 2021
and , Modal Filters at Darbys Lane, 21 FEB
Keyhole Bridge, 21 FEB
Winton, 21 FEB
Here are pictured some residents from Winton over the holiday break.
Birds hill, (single) 07 MARCH
Tatnam, (single) 07 MARCH
Leven, (single). 21 MARCH
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We are in conversation to a much greater degree with Engineers and Officers than Council Portfolio holders, and are aware the consultation results are being prepared to release. These people also know that every piece of upcoming work stands on its quality of design, and how connected it is to the locality. If theres a huge road project that has protected tracks along it but no way on and off- whats the point of that? So, we ask you to contribute to youre own locality conversation with Councillors, who are tasked with making residents aware of the Council work, whether or not they are in favour. (shown at the bottom of the page are the 7 Principles of Public Life) The 102 £Million isnt going away, consider it a gold bar, no -one wants to give that away, so why not make the best of it.
Now who are youre elected Staff and where are they? This is complied for ease of information, all this is on BCP website and public- emails only published here. We ask that you engage intelligently and politely with these people on issues that affect you and right through the next 3 years of building. Each scheme has a Ward Cllr, for example Leigh Road
BH21 is the whole area of BH that Leigh Road is within, with Bearwood and Merley Cllrs bordering it, and actually Wimborne Cllrs in the Ward. Also Ray Bryan is the top Dorset Transport Portfolio Holder so you can email him about it, or add comments on here
Heres the press release on Leigh road, work starts on 18th Jan.
We await to hear what order the more BCP centred schemes will be worked upon, dont forget theres already an LTN 1/20 compliant piece of work at Wallisdown West happening right now, and also the Boundary Roundabout is nearly finished, so credit to them achieving these goals in COVID.
Youre Councillors:- get to know them. We are within Postcode areas served by Ward Cllrs that are elected into roles
In future these elected members will become more acquainted with Gear Change
and, the current Conservative Gvt plan for Active Travel, they will know that Engineers and Officers have best idea and its with youre help that they should be easing the delivery of whats the biggest piece of Transport change the area has seen since the Wessex Way was built in early 1960s. The aims meet so many demands of modern life, countering pollution, adding benefit to public health, and as we are now in another lockdown Active Travel gives the benefit of helping you feel better from exercise. We will be returning to this theme constantly in the next 3 years, as the era opens up- with details of who is in the Wards of the projects, so get in touch now if you are interested. This new post for the area applications close in the morning – so last chance to apply!
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