Sandbanks residents are going through site visitors gridlock after vehicles had been stopped from driving by means of a park in favour of cyclists.
Council officers mentioned Poole Park in Dorset was getting used as a shortcut for drivers to get to Sandbanks and so closed one of many entrance gates to cease this from occurring.
They mentioned closing the by means of highway route would make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians and scale back the carbon emissions within the park.
However critics say the transfer has back-fired because it has led to site visitors chaos and elevated air pollution in neighbouring roads.
There have been reviews of motorists having as much as 20 minutes added on to their journey occasions as a result of they now must drive across the 110-acre park to succeed in the suburbs of Poole Harbour.
Circled: The now closed automobile entry to Poole Park which has precipitated site visitors chaos in Sandbanks
Sandbanks residents are going through site visitors gridlock after vehicles had been stopped from driving by means of a park in favour of cyclists
Over 250 Poole residents staged a protest in opposition to the ‘madcap transfer’
Council officers mentioned Poole Park in Dorset was getting used as a shortcut for drivers to get to Sandbanks and so closed one of many entrance gates
Pauline Monk mentioned: ‘Beforehand we now have simply and safely used the park highway to get to Sandbanks Highway and Shore Highway.
‘Now we now have to squeeze into the queue of site visitors ready to get to the Civic Centre after which have to affix an extended queue taking it in turns to undergo the railway bridge alongside Sandbanks Highway.
‘So, extra irritation, extra delay, probably extra accidents, and extra petrol getting used up as we wait in stationary vehicles to navigate these blockages.
‘A lot for slicing the carbon footprint.
‘Within the meantime the park is almost empty and a wonderfully good highway to keep away from these strain factors has been blocked off.
‘I can not think about the chaos which is able to happen in the summertime when festivals and different occasions which go on within the park attempt to cope with a system that solely permits one exit level for all autos.’
One other native resident, who requested to not be named, mentioned: ‘There was no downside to repair and so far as I am conscious there have by no means been any accidents involving vehicles within the park.
‘I reside on the opposite facet of the park and now have an added 5 miles to my day by day commute to work. Now site visitors cannot undergo the park and the roads spherical it are gridlocked on the busiest occasions of the day.
‘The worrying factor is that is winter, I can not think about how unhealthy it is going to be in the summertime. ‘
The indicators indicating the highway closure inside Poole Park in Sandbanks
Locals identified that there hasn’t been a single accident involving a automotive within the park in dwelling reminiscence and that autos battle to get above 10mph resulting from pace humps
livid locals say that the transfer has back-fired because it has led to site visitors chaos and elevated air pollution in neighbouring roads
The closure has led to reviews of site visitors congestion contained in the park at weekends as vehicles queue as much as depart
The closure of the park by means of site visitors has been met with fierce opposition from locals who imagine it’s an ‘anti-car’ choice to appease the biking fraternity.
For 134 years motorists have been in a position to benefit from the scenic drive by means of the park, coming into and exiting by means of two gates on the south east and west facet.
BCP Council closed off the east gate which connects to Sandbanks Highway two weeks in the past on a trial foundation.
Whereas vehicles can nonetheless entry the park there’s now just one exit.
This has led to reviews of site visitors congestion contained in the park at weekends as vehicles queue as much as depart.
Different motorists have lamented the lack of with the ability to take pleasure in a scenic drive house and unwind after a hectic day at work.
Richard Coleman mentioned: ‘If it has been a very robust or hectic day I admire the jiffy calm and to have the ability to take pleasure in views out over the lakes. It helps in the direction of psychological well being to have a couple of minutes away from all of the hustle and bustle.
‘By closing the gate it denies me that chance and provides to emphasize.’
Different individuals have identified that there hasn’t been a single accident involving a automotive within the park in dwelling reminiscence and that autos battle to get above 10mph resulting from pace humps.
BCP Council has launched a public session as as to whether the momentary closure ought to be made everlasting.
Bob Lister, a co-founder of the Pals of Poole Park group, mentioned: ‘Many of the homes are on the japanese facet of the park the place these gate are and most park guests come from that course as they regard that as the principle entrance.
‘It is a madcap concept that will probably be a catastrophe if this turns into everlasting.’
‘It is a madcap concept that will probably be a catastrophe if this turns into everlasting,’ mentioned Bob Lister (pictured), a co-founder of the Pals of Poole Park group
The closure of the park by means of site visitors has been met with fierce opposition from locals who imagine it’s an ‘anti-car’ choice to appease the biking fraternity
The biking group BH Energetic Journey is campaigning for all parks within the space to be car-free.
On its web site, BCP Council states that the rationale for the closure was to ‘promote environmental enhancements’ within the park which is in step with its technique for ‘well being and well-being and lively, sustainable communities.’
It states: ‘We suggest to completely shut the doorway to the park…to motor autos, successfully stopping using the park as a by means of route between Poole City Centre and Sandbanks Highway.
‘Closing one of many three automobile entrances wouldn’t forestall any automobile from nonetheless with the ability to entry all areas of the park, however it will considerably scale back the variety of autos utilizing it as a lower by means of.’
Councillor Andy Hadley, BCP Council’s portfolio holder for the setting, mentioned any difficulty of elevated site visitors congestion within the space across the park could be thought of when deciding to make the closure everlasting.
He mentioned: ‘We have to see how the trial progresses and to let the session interval run its course after which take all of the totally different views under consideration.
‘We’re seeing all types of views on the matter. Some individuals have mentioned that the closure had reworked the park. Individuals are saying how good it’s to listen to birdsong within the park and the way good it’s to have the ability to let their canines off the lead.’
He added: ‘We do not have an anti-car agenda.
‘There’s a problem on our roads concerning the dominance of the automotive.
‘Automobiles are getting greater and there is extra of them.’
On its web site, BCP Council states that the rationale for the closure was to ‘promote environmental enhancements’ in Poole Park (pictured)
Automobiles parked within the automotive park for Poole Park
Cllr Hadley recommended the closure would encourage individuals to not use a automotive.
Lucie Allen, chair of BH Energetic Journey, mentioned: ‘We firmly imagine that parks ought to be secure, open inexperienced areas for individuals to make use of, whether or not that be for recreation, leisure, or quiet contemplation.
‘It is at all times amazed me that commuters are allowed to chop by means of the park, notably through the finish of the varsity day and rush hour, successfully utilizing the park as a rat run to keep away from congestion on the highway community.
‘Closing one of many exits will scale back the quantity of by means of site visitors, whereas nonetheless permitting guests who have to drive there, the power to drive in, park up and luxuriate in its facilities.
‘Bournemouth’s park customers have benefitted from each Meyrick and Kings parks being car-free.
‘We’re not fairly there but with Poole Park, however this can be a very optimistic step in the fitting course.’