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Poole council - examples of incompetence


1. The Fleetsbridge traffic lights decision provides us with proof that Poole Council has:

1.1              installed lights which have only increased congestion and have had no positive effect on road safety, more likely a negative effect overall, as could have been predicted before the original installation.

1.2              refitted the lights at further cost without proper consideration

1.3              been taken by surprise at the public’s reaction when they noticed that traffic flow was so much better without the lights.

1.4              retrospectively tried to fudge the comprehensive data they have to try to justify the incorrect decision already made without proper care to save face, rather than try to find the right solution and learn from it for future decisions.


2. The fudged conclusions produced by Poole are embarrassingly, blatantly flawed and despite repeated attempts I have not been able to get a single one of those involved to comment further on them or to answer one single simple question. Any professional safety decision maker welcomes any concerns and deals with them comprehensively. 

3. Speed “cushions” in Creekmoor, that result in slowing the slowest cars, speeding up the fastest, and causing cars to drive head on in the middle of the road on a bend http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=50.739292,-1.99603&spn=0.001197,0.00246&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=50.739404,-1.996036&panoid=u96q9W7mPHxaGBzNSQM-_g&cbp=12,177.18,,0,13.74

4. Speed limits being reduced to 30MPH on perfectly good safe non-residential dual carriageways, these subsequently becoming favourite enforcement locations for Dorset Road Safe instead of where speeding is actually dangerous, including the Speed on Green camera on Holes Bay.

5.  Speed limits reduced on main dual carriageways such as Dorset / Canford way, without even considering the possibility of enforcing the current reasonable speed limit more effectively or investigating the causes of accidents and other potential solutions. This has inevitably become another road where enforcement resources are used to make money instead of saving life. See http://www.ukroadsense.co.uk/pdf/objection.pdf . Dr Jonathan Pearson also presented a proper case to Poole TAG and was ignored. All of these limit reductions far below the natural safe road speed generally only resulting in contempt of all speed limits by the majority of drivers. Even the DfT understand this, http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/circular-1-06/circular-1-2006.pdf, page 7.

6. Traffic calming in Sterte: an absolute nightmare for the residents it was meant to protect: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9552818.Sterte_residents_fear_long_term_damage_to_homes_from_traffic_calming/

7. Tony Trent seems to be one of the councillors central to road safety decision making in Poole. He has demonstrated a total unsuitability to this kind of work, even commenting on the death of a motorcyclist due to the presence of a speed camera “He was doing 78 in a 50 limit. Enough said”.

8. Blind faith in the effectiveness of speed cameras, Martin Baker suggesting in defence of the Speed on Green camera that they reduce deaths by 20%, when there are zero deaths to reduce at the Speed on Green camera and even DRS said it wasn’t about accident reduction. The negative effects of speed cameras are horrendous: http://www.dorsetspeed.org.uk/news/neg.aspx

9. No apparent efforts to manage traffic, reduce congestion, reduce disruption at traffic works, etc.

10. A new bridge that seems more concerned with cosmetics than improving traffic flow (and possibly, worse traffic flow overall due to yet more traffic lights) http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9169027.Damning_report_on_Poole_s_gyratory_system__buried__by_council/ The first comment in this news article (NOT FROM ME): “Arrogant, pig-headed, contempt for the opinions of others who may just have more experience.......just the sort of people to have as councillors.”

11. A parking enforcement car introduced on the promise of protecting school zig-zag zones but instead used to target anything that moves (even if it is still moving!) http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9555711.Learner_driver_stops_to_let_car_pass___and_gets___70_fine/?ref=la