Keyhole Bridge - Help protect our residents and our green spaces

by Keyhole Bridge Group

Keyhole Bridge - Help protect our residents and our green spaces

by Keyhole Bridge Group
Keyhole Bridge Group
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We are a small community group trying to overturn a council decision that threatens the safety of our residents and the environment
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Latest: July 22, 2021

WE HAVE PERMISSION!

The Court has granted permission for a Judicial Review of BCP Council's decision to reopen Keyhole Bridge.

No date has been set for the full (substantive) hearing but BCP Council (the Defendant) h…

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BCP Council ignored the views of residents and reopened Keyhole Bridge to traffic.  We are challenging this decision in a Judicial Review.

The story so far ...

In August 2020 Keyhole Bridge in Poole was closed to traffic under an experimental traffic order.  The closure made the bridge safe for non-drivers and protected Poole Park from hundreds of cars an hour. It also reduced traffic passing Whitecliff and Baiter parks.  Many people who had been unable to use the bridge were finally able to do so knowing they could do so in safety.  It was a hugely popular move, and the majority of residents asked for it to remain closed.   Yet in March 2021 the Council reopened the bridge.  

We have raised our concerns but the Council have chosen not to engage with us.  A Judicial Review is now our only option.

Our case

The Council ran a consultation about the bridge but closed it before the advertised end date.  This was in breach of the basic principles of consultation, it deprived some residents of the chance to participate, and created an expectation which the Council failed to meet.  They also failed to release traffic data until after the consultation had closed and ignored air quality data which undermined their decision.  There are many other problems with the decision but these are the key issues in our Judicial Review.  

Cllr Greene ignored the results of the consultation then justified it as follows:  "…it is important to recognise that a consultation is not a referendum, so whether the number of responses is representative is not really relevant."

Progress to date

In May 2021 we sent a pre-action letter to BCP Council.  Their response made it clear they weren’t interested in finding a compromise.  On 3 June 2021 we served them with the full claim.  The next step is for our case to be considered by a Judge.  If the Judge agrees we have a valid claim (and we are confident we have) we will get permission to go to a full hearing.  

What outcome do we want?  

We have asked the Council to withdraw their decision and close the bridge to traffic. We want to be able to cycle through the bridge with our children and grandchildren, walk through on our way to school or work, wheel through in a wheelchair, walk through with our dogs, push our pushchairs through, and for some of us just take the time needed to get through at our own pace knowing we can do so in safety. 

We want to preserve our area’s unique heritage and protect our green spaces from the damage caused by a constant stream of traffic. We believe parks should be somewhere people can be active in a healthy environment or choose to sit peacefully and enjoy the natural beauty of their surroundings. You can help us achieve this. 

How you can help us

Our legal team of Richard Buxton Solicitors and Piers Riley-Smith of Kings Chambers are in place but we need to raise at least £15,000 to take this forward to a full Judicial Review.  Our initial target is £2,000 and we need to raise that by 10 August 2021.  You can help us get there and get this decision reversed. 

To contribute click on the orange bar at the top right of this page.  You can help us raise even more money by sharing our page on Facebook.

Thank you for your support.

N.B. If there are any unused funds they will go to Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) who helped us get this far.

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Update 1

Keyhole Bridge Group

July 22, 2021

WE HAVE PERMISSION!

The Court has granted permission for a Judicial Review of BCP Council's decision to reopen Keyhole Bridge.

No date has been set for the full (substantive) hearing but BCP Council (the Defendant) has until 18 August 2021 to lodge full grounds for resisting the claim.  We look forward to seeing if their response has any more substance than their last one.

Not all applications for Judicial Review get this far but with your help we always believed we would.

We received over 80 pledges in our first week, and it's been hugely encouraging to see donations coming in and to read the comments. Thank you!    Every donation matters as each one shows support for our case.  Can you contact a friend today and ask that person to make a donation? 

Thank you for everything you are doing to help.

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