DIVERSIONS were in place after a crash at a busy town centre junction – on the first day Burton’s notorious bollards were out of action.
Police and the ambulance service were called at 3.50pm yesterday to reports of a crash involving two cars close to the bollards at Burton Library.
The incident involved a blue Vauxhall Zafira and a black BMW.
The front passenger of the Zafira suffered minor injuries and was taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital to be checked over.
The road was blocked for a short while to enable recovery of the vehicles.
A funding row has meant the bollards are now out of action as East Staffordshire Borough Council has refused to continue operating the posts free of charge telling Staffordshire County Council it must foot some of the annual £30,000 bill.
But the county council, which maintains the bollards, has refused to pay out for the safety measure, saying simply it is not its responsibility.
The bollards were installed in 2008 to create a more pedestrianised High Street, only allowing buses and trades vehicles access. However, many motorists not aware of the bollards have damaged their cars after driving over the posts, costing thousands to the local authority.