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Burton bollards could go, as plans discussed for their future

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

  • 15/11/13 Bollards - High St,, Burton Another driver has hit the bollards on High St

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BURTON’S notorious bollards could be removed and the High Street completely pedestrianised under new plans being explored by the highways authority.

The idea, which experts estimate would cost more than £160,000, is one of three put forward in a report to Staffordshire County Council which focuses on concerns around the town centre posts.

Other options include keeping the bollards, but improving signage or putting in automatic numberplate recognition cameras.

The report was commissioned following dozens of incidents in which people were caught out by the bollards, damaging the posts, their vehicles and often themselves.

Each hit costs the authority around £5,000.

A spokesman for the authority, which is responsible for maintaining the bollards, said: “The report found that all accidents were due to driver error.”The bollards, which are policed by East Staffordshire Borough Council, are currently down as mechanics await a new part.

Now the report has been finalised, the county council is in the process of discussing it with the borough council to decide if the options put forward in the report are feasible.

Councillor Mark Winnington said: “The bollards were introduced to reinforce existing traffic regulations to allow families to enjoy the town safely, without the risk of being injured by motorists flouting the warnings and tailgating buses into the pedestrianised area. This is a good opportunity to take stock and look at the options in a little more detail.”

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