Wednesday, July 21, 2010

AFC Bournemouth Parking - Urgent Feedback required

You may know that for some time the Police have wanted to stop putting out bollards to prohibit parking on AFC Bournemouth match days. Jane and I have been successful in keeping the arrangement going, however I am afraid they have now decided definitely to stop providing the service. This is partially as a result of changes in the law about the police managing traffic, but more importantly because their budget pressures mean they can’t afford the manpower. (You may reasonably ask why AFC Bournemouth can’t pick up the tab, I agree, and am pursing this issue through the Police Authority.)

The police and council officers met earlier this year without Jane or my knowledge and agreed that the best course of action was to extend the current yellow line parking restrictions from weekdays only to Saturdays as well, every Saturday - regardless of whether there is a match on at AFC Bournemouth.

We were informed at the end of last week and our initial reaction to this is that it is completely unacceptable. To further prohibit your ability to park on the street at a weekend would we believe be very unpopular. That is certainly the reaction from the local people I have spoken to so far.

The down side of course is that there will be no restriction to on street parking on match days, which will cause some problems. The police and council are adamant that extension of the yellow lines is the only solution. I don’t believe this can be the case and am pursuing other ideas.

In the meantime, you will be receiving a letter from the council in the next day or so informing you that the restrictions will be coming in to place from August 9th.

Jane and I would very much appreciate it if you could let us know what you think. Are we right in assuming that the inconvenience of match day parking will be less than the inconvenience of parking restrictions applying every Saturday?

We intend to survey as widely as we can in the area about the issue. If it’s possible for you to tell your friends and neighbours who don’t receive our email updates and ask them to let us know too that would be brilliant. I am hoping that with a sufficiently wide response we can ensure that no changes are brought in before a proper consultation with local residents and councillors about ALL the possible options is carried out

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