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Have Your Say On Ashley Road Improvements

Local people are invited to give their views on how £1 million can be spent improving travel in Ashley Road.

Residents and local businesses can comment on what improvements are important to them at a series of public sessions to be held at the Parkstone Baptist Church in Loch Road, Parkstone on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

Formal meetings will take place in the Church Hall from 1.15pm to 2.30pm and from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. Alternatively local people can attend a drop-in session anytime between 2.30pm and 6.00pm. Ward Councillors and Council Officers will be available during the day to answer questions.

Feedback from the public consultation will be used to draw up proposals for the travel improvements to Ashley Road. It is anticipated that further public consultation on the proposals will take place during the summer and improvement works could start as early as this autumn.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport, Borough of Poole, said: "Our traffic improvement projects are aimed at keeping traffic flowing and encouraging people to use more environmentally friendly ways to travel around, whether that is by walking, cycling or using the bus or train. The knock-on effects will help to reduce congestion, improve air quality, support the local economy and make public spaces more attractive.

"Ashley Road is one of the main routes through Poole so it is important that we hear from everyone who uses Ashley Road so that their views and comments can be taken into account when considering future travel improvements to this area. Whether priority should be given to enhanced bus stops, improved pedestrian crossings or improved journey time etc everyone's views are important"

Councillor Tony Woodcock, Ward Member for Parkstone, Borough of Poole, said: "It is really good that we have funding to improve Ashley Road. This is an important parade of shops and retailers are having a hard time of it right now. So anything that improves this through road East-West and makes life better for pedestrians and shoppers would be welcome. It would be nice to remove at least one set of traffic lights to improve flow and reduce stop/start of traffic with build up of fumes and perhaps a pedestrianised area."

Councillor Marion Le Poidevin, Ward Member for Branksome West, Borough of Poole, said: "Pedestrians should be at the heart of any plans for Ashley Road, improving safety and making the area a much more appealing place to visit and shop. Traffic needs to be kept flowing steadily but not speeded up through our shopping area."

Councillor Sally Carpenter, Ward Member for Parkstone, Borough of Poole, said: "I support any improvements which will help provide better transport services to residents and businesses. We need to keep Ashley Road a vibrant and attractive area, providing better facilities for pedestrians, especially the disabled. Reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality is extremely important for the environment and to people's health."

The £1 million funding forms part of the £12.1 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) awarded by the Department for Transport to improve sustainable travel between Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch towns.

Further information can be viewed at boroughofpoole.com/threetownstravel