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Sensor could be key to bollard problem, says councillor

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 08, 2013

05/11/13 Bollards - High St, , Burton High Street Bollards

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A BURTON community leader has forwarded a possible solution to the controversial rising town centre bollards.

Conor Wileman, who represents Burton’s Tower ward on Staffordshire County Council, said a sensor on the bollards could allow cars to enter the restricted zone before they rise.

The driver, who would be trapped in the High Street, would have to a call a number to be released and would be fined for entering the restricted zone.

His suggestion came after a two weeks of bollard mayhem which has led to an elderly man and pregnant woman needing medical treatment after being caught on the rising posts while Mail readers have been divided on the issue.

Councillor Wileman said his suggestion would be a compromise for those who wanted the bollards to stay and those who say they are dangerous.

He said: “It’s clear that they are controversial.

“A lot of people want them to stay and have blamed the drivers.

“But there’s the group who say they are causing too many injuries.

“So I think this would be trying to draw a line between the two sides.

“It means the bollards would not impale the car itself so I think it’s a workable idea.

“The bollards would still come up so we would not have cars hurtling down the High Street causing problems for pedestrians.

“It’s a compromise which would be the best of both worlds and keep both camps happy.”

Councillor Wileman said he would put his idea to Staffordshire County Council which will reveal the result of a review into the bollards at the end of the month - a move which Councillor Wileman said he welcomed.

He said: “It’s clear that a lot of residents in Burton are not happy with the system so a review is the right way.

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