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People Power Reigns in West Bay

Pinch point West Bay

12:04am 15th September 2013

Part of an 'enhancement scheme' in West Bay which cost over £1 million will be changed after local's complaints.

The Pinch Point outside Haddon House was created in March this year by the West Dorset District Council.

The local community have been campaigning to get rid of it ever since. Wessex FM went around West Bay talking to locals and asking them what problems they had encountered with the Pinch point. Amongst the many listed were lengthy traffic queues, nobody knowing who had right of way, cars blocking the entrance to Haddon House, 'the rumble strip' isn't easy for cyclists to use and that it was difficult to get large vehicles through.

Several local businesses had created petitions which many residents and others had signed.

However, whilst we were walking around West Bay we found people had found many other problems with the Enhancement scheme. Plenty of the residents from Harbour House complained about the removal of the island from the road by the harbour, they said they now found crossing the road extremely dangerous and difficult. A member of staff from the House had found problems getting out of George Street, as she said the now much larger pavement meant she had to pull out futher into the road.

West Dorset District Council have said they will revise the Pinch Point, liase with the public, and changes should be made in spring 2014.

The council have said they are also looking into other aspects of the scheme where concerns have been raised to see if improvements can also be made.

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould told Wessex FM, "We have listened to comments raised by the local community about the environmental improvements in West Bay. It is quite clear that there is local support for changes to the pinch point and I am pleased to confirm that that work is underway to make this happen."

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