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‘No plans’ to remove bollards, says county council

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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

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

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A RECOMMENDATION to explore removing the notorious Burton bollards will not be taken up, it has been claimed.

Staffordshire County Council said there are ‘no plans’ to remove the traffic restriction, regardless of the fact the option was put forward in a report investigating the future of the posts.

A spokesman for the authority said the three proposals – to retain the current system, to pedestrianise High Street or to replace the bollards with cameras – were due to be discussed, but they were not being formally considered.

She added: “We wouldn’t want to give the impression this is likely to happen.”

The council commissioned a report into the use of the three bollards, on High Street and Station Street, following a number of incidents when motorists tried to follow buses through the bollard and got spiked by them.

Each hit costs the authority £5,000 in maintenance and causes damage to the cars involved. The occupants of the vehicles have also been hurt on several occasions.

The report, completed by URS Infrastructure and Environment UK, found the bollards were not to blame.

“No recorded instances are as a result of faulty bollard operation, and all have been entirely due to driver error or misjudgment,” it said.

Recognition has been made, however, that the signage in place could be confusing and could lead to mistakes.

A recommendation has been made that if the bollards are retained – which seems to be the most likely option – the signs should be improved.

The county and borough council will now discuss the feasibility of the options.

A spokesman for the consultants said: “The rising bollards are viewed with suspicion and negativity. A number of alternatives have been explored which would maintain the integrity of the environment, but provide a more acceptable solution.”

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