Local people are invited to have their say on how public spaces in the centre of Poole could be improved to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors to the area.
Borough of Poole is asking people for their views on how they would like to improve public open spaces in Townside from Hunger Hill to Poole Bridge, including West Street and West Quay Road.
The feedback will help create a local identity for Townside that:
• respects local heritage
• enhances gateways into the town
• integrates artwork
• improves walking and cycling
• provides local information in public spaces
• provides steady vehicle flows on strategic and main routes
• promotes public transport
• enhances landscaping in the town
Information about the public consultation and heritage of the area will be on display at Poole Museum from Friday 25 August to Sunday 8 October. This display will help people choose which themes should be celebrated in these public spaces.
Also people can come along to a drop-in event at Poole Museum, when members of the project team will be available to answer questions, on Tuesday 19 September from 10am to 5pm.
People can give their views by completing an online survey by Sunday 8 October. Paper copies of the survey will be available at Poole Museum or in Poole libraries.
All completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw for 10 opportunities to win a cream tea for two at Poole Museum.
• Read more information about the Townside Access project
• Complete the public consultation survey
The Townside scheme is part of a three-year project to improve access from the port to the town centre. £11.7 million has been secured from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, through Dorset Growth Deal, to support these travel improvements and development in Poole’s regeneration area.
This investment also forms part of the wider £23.3 million being spent on Poole’s infrastructure that includes the significant improvement works at Gravel Hill and Poole Bridge.
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “As the regeneration sites on the town side of Backwater Channel get developed, the green spaces and public areas will play an even more important role in the growing community. Over the years, we’ve consulted people on how this area should be developed and how the road network will support regeneration, jobs and homes and now some of these aspects are starting to be provided, we want to ensure that we also create attractive spaces that people can enjoy.”
John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “The funding for improving access in Townside provides us with a unique opportunity to enhance the area and improve the quality of life for local people. So we would like people to consider what will make the area a more pleasant and inviting place to be, how green spaces could be used and how Townside’s rich heritage could be celebrated. It’s also important that we hear from people across the whole town, as some may choose to move into the Townside area, as more homes are built.”
Cllr Mark Howell, Ward Member for Poole Town, Borough of Poole, said: "I encourage residents to participate in this consultation because it is their opportunity to influence the quality of experience for walking and cycling between Hunger Hill and Poole Bridge after the road system within this area has been reconfigured."
Rob Dunford, Interim Director at Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “Although a lot of the LEP funding is directed towards transport infrastructure, we understand the importance of inspirational public spaces on happiness and wellbeing as well as creating a sense of community. A public space is only truly public if it is actively used and enjoyed by everyone; residents as well as visitors. To create areas that attract people, we need to ask the local residents what they want and need, so I hope everyone uses this opportunity to have their say.”