We would like there to be a four-hour parking limit along this road as currently, as many people park there for the duration of the day, using it as ‘free parking’ whilst going to work. This road is often packed with parked cars. Families who wish to use Whitecliff recreation areas (including the playground) are finding it increasingly difficult to find a parking place for children.
You may have read very recently about increase in car parking charges. It’s a no-win situation for anyone. The council is faced with shortfalls in revenue whilst at the same time ‘trying’ to improve facilities and incentives to use the town centre. Just for information, it is very likely that car parking charges will be introduced at Whitecliff and Newfoundland Drive (Skateboard Park). How this will deter visitor parking we’re not sure or even how the parking ‘policing’ will work. In the town centre car parks, charges will increase from 80p to £1 per hour- an increase of 20%. In addition, there will be no reduction for Sunday parking and revised rates for overnight parking. We are disappointed that the ‘consultation’ by the council with particular groups did not include Parkstone Bay Association, particularly as there will be immediate impact for two of our car parks.
The council has a ‘black hole’ to fill to close the growing gap with its finances and you may have read in the local press that proposals are in hand to implement parking charges in the council’s parks’ car parks. For us, it will impact on Whitecliff car park and also Baiter Park skateboard car park. This proposal has caused dismay among many residents who have contacted the committee and also among committee members themselves. It’s an almost no-win situation. The council has to find monies to fill the funding gap but in addition, residents feel that park car parks should be free for parking. I am personally aware that at the skateboard park, many residents park there in order to exercise their dogs along Baiter Park and Whitecliff.
The council also wishes to consult on extension of on street parking in roads near beaches –something that will affect us as residents
The council will open consultation on both issue and I exhort all of you to make your feelings known to our councillors and officers. I have written to Head of Transportation and he confirmed consultations will be opened during late February and run for six weeks so please keep an eye on the council’s website. I also believe that proposals to introduce charges for parking at Poole Park will not take place. However, Upton House –a firm favourite for residents across the borough is in the ‘pot’ for charges