In praise of illegal parking traffic cones in Bournemouth

Traffic cones placed at known illegal parking hotspots on the Bournemouth and Poole coast have proven successful with residents.

Following chaotic scenes in mid-July when illegally parked cars caused traffic jams in places like East Cliff, residents and business owners demanded action and criticized council planning for the summer period.

In an attempt to combat the problem, the BCP Board imposed several TTROs (Temporary Traffic Control Orders) and placed thousands of traffic cones along the sidewalks of the most affected areas.

Hundreds of cones lined East Overcliff Drive at East Cliff and Lakeside Road near Branksome Beach, among other places, in a move that was ridiculed by some.

Traffic cones placed in the carriageway to stop illegal parking at East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth

One person said: ‘I would like to know the logic of people who actually thought this was a solution to the chaos of parking cars to go to the beach.’

However, residents most angered by the parking chaos have since hailed the ‘simple’ but effective measure as having deterred similar scenes over the past few weekends – where temperatures have reached up to 25C.

East Cliff resident Barbara Bird said: ‘To be honest, I’m impressed. Many of us came up with suggestions on how to get the problem under control and in the end something as simple as a few cones worked.

“Bravo BCP. Didn’t notice any issues on the section between the Russell Cotes and the Carlton Hotel. Not a single car parked on the curb.

“A few cones have been thrown out, but the rest are still there – and traffic has been running very well from what I can see.”

Bournemouth Echo: Illegally parked cars cause traffic jam on East Overcliff Drive in JulyIllegally parked cars cause traffic jam on East Overcliff Drive in July

Cllr Beverley Dunlop, portfolio holder for Tourism, Culture and Vibrant Places, said: “We are delighted that the emergency TTRO we put in place two weeks ago along East Overcliff Drive in Bournemouth is preventing drivers from parking irresponsibly on the double yellow lines in the area.

“As a result, this TTRO has been renewed until at least the end of August.

“It’s all part of our seasonal response plans where we’re ramping up our operations and responding accordingly to manage the resort’s beaches, town centers, parks and open spaces.

“Our tourism offering supports the local economy and while we go the extra mile to welcome visitors, the concerns of local residents and businesses are of vital importance to us.”

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