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Shopkeeper calls for ANPR system to replace bollards

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

Shaid Hussain

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A BURTON shopkeeper believes installing automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras is the answer to ending the town centre’s bollards saga.

The High Street posts are currently out of action, with Staffordshire County Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council at odds over who should pay for their running.

When they were operating, the bollards caused havoc along High Street, with vehicles regularly smashing into them.

Shaid Hussain, who runs Good News, in High Street, believes scrapping them altogether in favour of cameras could be the solution.

The future of the bollards is currently under review, though Staffordshire County Council has admitted they are unlikely to be removed.

But Mr Hussain said: “ANPR systems could be a better option. That way, there wouldn’t be any damage to cars and there would be no repair costs. My only concern is that they have to strict in terms of enforcement.”

Mr Hussain said he disagreed with suggestions from some councillors that the area should be completely pedestrianised, saying it could be the ‘nail in the coffin’ for businesses in the area.

The bollards were down for the fourth day today since news of the spat between the two authorities surfaced.

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