THE fate of the notorious Burton bollards is one step closer to be being revealed.
A long-awaited report into the safety of the controversial posts has finally reached draft stage – almost a year after it was first announced – and highways bosses have said it should not be too long until the document is on general release.
Experts at Staffordshire County Council are due to meet with members of East Staffordshire Borough Council next week to discuss the findings of the report.
A spokesman for the authority said: “We hope that whatever decision the county take on the future of the bollards will be in the interest of the community.
“The borough council operates the CCTV system which also covers the area the bollards are located. We are keen to meet with the county and finally agree their financial contribution towards this operation.
“This contribution is relevant whether or not the county decide to continue with the bollard or implement an alternative solution.”
The bollard system, which was implemented to semi-pedestrianise the Market Place and some of High Street, has been the cause of much contention in the town since it was established.
Motorists have continually been spiked by the rising posts, which lower to let buses through, and many people have called for their removal.
Councillor Ron Clarke, who represents Burton town for Staffordshire County Council, urged people to keep an open mind ahead of the release of the review.
He added: “It would be wrong to speculate. This has been going on for so long that we must have an open mind.
“I think the solution is a fully pedestrianised area, but you never know. If something beneficial comes up which can be put in to prevent people being spiked and trying to race through – something very positive – I would definitely reconsider.”
The community seems split on the value of the bollards. Many people say they are nothing but trouble, but others say they welcome the restrictions, and that people who get caught out by the posts should simply have read the warning signs.