Dorset council merger will solve traffic problems

Creation of a new super-council for the Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole conurbation in Dorset could help solve endemic traffic problems in the area.

Dorset’s nine key councils are consulting on plans to create two authorities. Bournemouth and Poole could merge with Christchurch and East Dorset, another single-tier council would be created for the rest of Dorset.

A larger council would create savings and have a bigger budget for road projects and the Uniting the Conurbation lobby group claims that merging the local authorities could solve congestion on Dorset’s roads.

“Many of the current road transport problems are impossible to solve by tinkering with the current situation,” said a Uniting the Conurbation document cited by the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

The document calls for improvements to the A31 between the Ferndown bypass and Bere Regis.

“This road needs lobbying for and a single authority representing the people of this area can put their weight behind such schemes that will have a real effect on not just the local traffic,” said the document, which called for improvements to the route from Wimborne to Christchurch and a “proper trunk road” to the north, which linked Dorset with Bristol and the M4. It added: “It is only with a strong single council representing the conurbation that we can prioritise and get things done.”

A sample of 20,000 residents will receive a survey in the post from the councils as part of the consultation over the proposed merger. The consultation ends on October 25.


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