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Revised proposals for beach on-street parking

A report outlining revised car parking proposals in Poole will be considered by Cabinet members on Tuesday 6 December 2016. 

In June 2016 Poole’s Cabinet voted not to progress with the existing proposals to charge for parking near to beaches and in some parks in their current form following an extensive public consultation. However the council agreed to consider in greater detail the concerns raised through the public consultations and identify any measures that could be introduced, where possible, to reduce the impact on the local community and for these findings to be presented back to Cabinet late autumn. 

The revised proposals include extending the on-street pay and display parking scheme during the peak season only to those areas most congested such as the Sandbanks peninsula and some sections of minor roads immediately adjacent to the harbour. (This 5-minute video shows the actual queues experienced in the beach area over the August 2016 period). This means that these additional roads will only be subject to a charge from 1 March to 31 October each year with most residential roads remaining free of a parking charge all year round. 

View the roads affected by the revised proposals on these two maps

Blue Badge holders will not be affected by the proposals as they can continue to park for free in on-street beach pay and display bays in Poole.

Councillor Drew Mellor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “This summer has clearly demonstrated that road congestion caused by the demand for car parking spaces around beaches is a problem during the high season.

“We have listened to the public’s views and are now considering a much smaller scale extension to the pay and display scheme. These proposals offer effective and efficient traffic management to meet existing and future demand for access to Poole’s beaches, but still offer more than 1,600 free of charge on-street parking spaces within a 5-15 minute walk to the seafront. People with existing resident and non-resident beach permits will also benefit from the new proposals as these will be valid for use in the new pay and display areas.”

If approved by Cabinet members, this parking scheme could be implemented from 1 March 2017. 

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