BCP Council have decided to close one entrance to Poole Park, stopping vehicular access.
This is part of a trial to promote environmental improvements and increase safety of pedestrians visiting Poole Park.
From Wednesday the 17th of January 2024, the entrance at Whitecliff Road and Twemlow Avenue will close to regular traffic.
This is an extension of the regular closures that take place Monday- Saturday between 07:30AM and 10:00 AM weekly.
The public’s opinions on Poole Park action
There are mixed feelings amongst the public about the closure.
Some BCP residents support the closure, in order to protect pedestrians and wildlife; however, others aren’t so sure that it’s a positive step.
A man from Poole was asked about his opinion on the change.
“It’ll make the park much safer and a more pleasant place to visit”.
He explains how not all of the entrances and exits are being blocked, therefore there is still access available.
“In rush hours times it’s quite serious…
it’s difficult to walk in this area”.
He compares the area to other parks such as Queen’s Park and Meyrick Park, explaining that if they’re “car free” then why can’t this park be.
A local woman expresses different opinions on the subject, revealing that closure shouldn’t be an option, just adaptation.
“I don’t think it should be closed myself, I think it should be made safer”.
She believes that all entrances should be in use, allowing more people access to local parks.
When asked what she thought would make the park safer she replied:
“I would maintain the pavements better, make sure they’re wide enough and safe enough and I would put a pelican crossing”.
“Please don’t close it, look for an alternative”.
This trial consultation will take place for four weeks and will be ending on Tuesday the 13th of February 2024, where the feedback will be reviewed and a permanent decision will be made.
For more information on the Poole Park consultation click here for the BCP Council’s website.