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Residents Association MagazinearrowWinter 2002 - 10

THE CHAIRMAN'S REVIEW

My family and I moved to Broadstone in 1966 when the Residents Association had been active for nearly 30 years. The changes which have taken place since then make one realise how the village has adapted to the increase in population resulting from the housing developments which took off about that time. Developments on greenfield sites sprang up all around, notably Fairview, Merriefield, Lewesden, Whitchurch, Pinesprings and Twin Oaks, plus many other infills around the village. The educational facilities in 1966 amounted to what is now Broadstone First School which then catered for all Broadstone's Infants and Juniors. It was much later that Springdale School was built and catered for both Infants and Juniors from the west of the Higher Blandford Road. Subsequently when the education authority adopted the First and Middle School system, Springdale and Broadstone Schools were renamed First schools and a new school was built at the upper end of Dunyeats Road and became the Middle School. Up till that time 11 year olds transferred to Henry Harbin School (now Poole High) in Poole or the Grammar Schools for their secondary education. Very soon Corfe Hills School was built and at last Broadstone had its own unique set of schools catering for all ages from 5 to 18 years.

In 1966 it was unusual to see more than half a dozen cars parked in the Broadway on a Saturday morning and most of those shopping knew each other. Similarly one had no difficulty in parking ones car in Poole High Street (not then pedestrianised). In fact while in Poole you could visit the Gas works whose gate was in the High Street and buy a bag of Coke for the boiler, many people did.

Broadstone has always seen itself as a distinct community, only part of Poole as an administrative accident. Time has not changed that feeling amongst residents. Pinesprings residents, our MP Annette Brooke and this Association, resisted the recommendation of the Electoral Commission to transfer part of Pinesprings into the Creekmoor Ward. We are pleased to announce that the Electoral Commission had decided to retain all of the Pinesprings area in the Broadstone Ward (their letter of the 6th September to the Association refers). There is no doubt that the Boundary Commission's own rules sic. "...the Boundary Commission for England must have regard to the desirability of fixing identifiable area boundaries, and to local ties which might be broken by those boundaries. An approach which is too rigorously mathematical could harm both of those interests" had a considerable influence on the decision. The Association is therefore pleased that its efforts and others have been rewarded with a satisfactory outcome. Some believe that this Association did little or nothing to challenge the Electoral Commission 's recommendation. I for one spent much time and effort in telephone calls and letters to help to achieve this outcome.

Since 1966 the population of Broadstone has approximately doubled. The consequence of this increase is that people do not know each other as well as they did. For instance in 1966 everybody almost without exception greeted each other with a salutation like "Good Morning" etc. My experience today is generally to be ignored. I would like to see a return to the community in which we all felt part and felt able to recognise other residents with a "Good Morning" greeting. Am I expecting too much?

Most of you will have noticed that the Pedestrian Crossings (PELICAN) have been replaced with new and wondered why. What was wrong with the old? Why spend money replacing things that work?

The two existing Pelican pedestrian crossings have apparently been refurbished as part of general maintenance and have been converted to PUFFIN operation.

As existing Pelican crossings are refurbished, Puffins automatically replace them. Puffins differ from Pelicans in that the red man/green man is displayed above the push button and not on the opposite side of the road. This means that the pedestrian waiting is facing the oncoming traffic and can be sure that it has stopped before crossing. They also have improved detectors that will not stop vehicles if the pedestrian changes his/her mind and moves away from the crossing point, thus reducing the delays to traffic. In addition they extend the crossing time for pedestrians who may be less mobile by recognising that they are still crossing the road. There are also new tactile knobs at the signals to aid visually impaired pedestrians. This is in addition to the audible warning bleepers.

You will remember that the changes to the Toast Rack parking emanating from the Associations Survey were rejected by the Area Committee and the Chamber of Trades suggestion of modifying the median strip or island opposite Macaulay Road, selected.

The amendments to the median strip have now been approved as the most appropriate means of dealing with the problems that can develop in the toastrack and this is a candidate for funding from the Area Committee's budget this year.

The Association was asked to contribute its views on the issues we thought important for a Community Strategy Policy (Shaping the Future) in the Borough of Poole. Our response from the executive and Area Wardens was:

The "Shaping the Future" strategy should ensure that Poole remains "A Beautiful Place" and is managed so that its Beauty is enhanced. Additionally:-

  1. Reducing pollution of all kinds.
  2. Ensuring that Public Transport is affordable, reliable, comfortable, frequent and integrated with other forms of transport fully.
  3. That we maintain and improve open spaces, parks, heathland, and sports facilities etc.
  4. Ensure good value for Council Tax payers in all services.
  5. Rationalise the 11+ schooling in Poole.

After a presentation at the AGM in May on the new Methodist Church to be built in Broadstone, it was agreed that we should contribute to the Building Fund. It was put to the members present that we should contribute £500 in two parts, £250 now and £250 in Summer 2003, the second part to be subject to a motion to be put to the members at the 2003 AGM. Your views at that the 2003 AGM will be welcome.

We are unhappy about the death of Hazel Jones as a result of her mugging near her home in Selby Close. It was first described as murder but subsequently it was said Hazel died from a stroke. However, she was mugged and she died! What crime is that if it is not murder? Our condolences go to her relatives.

Most residents will have noticed that the Skate Park we have been pressing for was opened officially on the 2nd September at the bridges adjacent to the B&Q car park. We hope that this facility will stop skaters using and damaging the parapets of the raised flower beds in the Broadway. Most of the flower bed parapets have been loosened by skate boarders and are an eyesore and a danger.

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