Poole Roundabout – Road Markings – Updated

Cllr Walker at Poole Roundabout
Cllr Walker at Poole Roundabout

Local residents have raised questions with the Parish Council about the need for road markings on the approaches to the Poole Roundabout and around the roundabout itself. The debate concerns whether there should be two lanes on some of the approaches, particularly on the A172 approach from Stokesley, and that these should be marked to show the intended direction of travel around the roundabout. Some say it is clearly a two lane roundabout, others argue that all approaches are single lane, as is the roundabout, and Highway Code guidance should be followed. It is clear that drivers respond in differing ways as they approach and circulate around the roundabout. As a result the Parish Council has asked Middlesbrough Borough Council to take action. They have responded saying that there is no reason to do so.

On November 30th Councillor Walker met with the Principal Transport Planning Officer from Middlesbrough Council (who had offered to meet on site) to discuss a number of concerns raised by residents and motorists. According to the Highway Code: “On approaching a roundabout take notice and act on all the information available to you, including traffic signs, traffic lights and lane markings which direct you into the correct lane”. In all cases watch out for and give plenty of room to: “pedestrians who may be crossing the approach and exit roads”.

The officer has agreed to provide a written response to the Parish Council to any questions that local residents have concerning the operation of this roundabout.

See the STOP PRESS announcement about the roundabout road signs at the end of this post!

The centre of Poole Roundabout
The centre of Poole Roundabout

 

Interestingly, the roundabout is shaped like a flan case, in that it is raised up at the edge and hollow in the middle. Does anyone think that the roundabout is too high around the edge? How is visibility particularly when flowers are blooming?

 

 

 

Exit to Dixons Bank showing the roadsign
Exit to Dixons Bank

 

Does this sign (or any other) pose a visibility problem for pedestrians and motorists, and does anyone have difficulty in crossing the road at this point with dogs and push chairs etc?

 

 

 

Cotcliffe Way
Cotcliffe Way
Cotcliffe Way - view of entrance
Cotcliffe Way

 

Has the new entrance/exit to and from Cotcliffe Way (Grey Towers Village) made any difference to the operation of the roundabout?

 

 

 

Approaching the roundabout from the bypass
Approach from the A1043 bypass

 

The 40mph speed limit on the roundabout is going to be reduced to 30mph as part of the speed reduction on DIxons Bank and the A172 coming into force in January.

 

 

 

Looking towards Stokesley
Looking towards Stokesley
Inaccurate roadsign on approach from Stokesley A172
Inaccurate A172 roadsign

Could the signage and road markings be improved and how?

This road sign on the approach to the roundabout on the A172 from Stokesley is out of date, not showing the new road into Grey Towers. Others will be inaccurate too.

STOP PRESS NEWS: In the 24 hours since we posted this news item, the Principal Transport Planning Officer has emailed Councillor Walker to say: “I can confirm that the three ‘map type’ advance direction signs on the major approaches to the roundabout (i.e. A172 Dixons Bank, A172 Stokesley Road and A1043 Nunthorpe Bypass) are in the process of being amended to include Cotcliffe Way.”

What do you think? We will ask the questions that you raise. Please comment on the Facebook post that brought you here or by email adrian.walker@nunthorpepc.org.uk. We apologise for the weather at the time the photographs were taken! Thanks you.

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Proposed New Community Centre

The Parish Council, at its meeting on Monday evening, 1st November 2021, unanimously agreed to lead a partnership with the Community Council and the Institute, in writing the proposal for a new Community Centre (located alongside the new GP surgery) on Stokesley Road.

There is funding available.

Replacement Trees for Nunthorpe

Following the loss of three trees locally this year, we are pleased to share that Middlesbrough Council has agreed to replace them. The Sorbus at Greenway, felled because of storm damage in February 2021, and the maple at the Whernside Play Area, maliciously damaged in October 2021 will both be replaced. The lime on Connaught Road, felled because of potential hazard in October 2021 cannot be replaced at the same location, but a replacement will be provided at a site to be agreed elsewhere in Nunthorpe.

 

 

New Defibrillator at The Avenue Shops

The Parish Council gave a grant towards the installation of a new defibrillator at The Avenue shops. The suppliers ran a Zoom training session and have provided an edited (but quite long) recording of the session. We feel that it is worth sharing. Settle down with a cup or glass of your preferred beverage, click on the image and learn!