Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

“CREEPY” bol­lards shaped like chil­dren have been in­stalled out­side a school in Iver in a bid to slow down speed­ing driv­ers.

Named ‘Billy’ and ‘Belinda’, the fig­ures are de­signed to tackle mo­torists who drive too fast past the in­fant and ju­nior schools.

Iver Parish Coun­cil (IPC) hopes the de­ter­rents will raise driver aware­ness that there is a school nearby, but at a cost of £5,395 for 11 of them, re­ac­tion has been mixed.

Neigh­bours have branded them “aw­ful” and “su­per creepy”, while sup­port­ers backed the idea say­ing they would make driv­ers think twice. IPC said it had con­sid­ered var­i­ous options but found the dum­mies were the most prac­ti­cal mea­sure and had worked else­where.

The coun­cil took to Face­book to share the news on Tues­day August 29, but un­der­neath the post Ali­son Ma­jor wrote: “They look aw­ful, they should have been a nor­mal traf­fic bol­lards.

“They will be knocked over in no time or de­faced with graf­fiti.”

Connor McGinn said: “If I was a driver they would scare me into crash­ing – su­per creepy.”

Sharon Pol­lard posted: “Didn’t like these at first, how­ever, haven driven past them a few times, I can to­tally see their ben­e­fit, es­pe­cially to an­nounce the ap­proach to a school. I may even get to quite like them.”

An IPC state­ment on its web­site read: “Any­thing that we can do to raise driver aware­ness that there’s a school in the vicin­ity and young chil­dren on foot is a good thing.

“Both in­fant and ju­nior schools have had Billy and Belinda bol­lards in­stalled over the week­end by Bucks County Coun­cil, fund­ing was se­cured by Iver Parish Coun­cil and the project has been driven by your county coun­cil­lor Luisa Sul­li­van.

“Ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sions took place with the schools in both Iver and Iver Heath in­volv­ing Iver Parish Coun­cil and Bucks County Coun­cil.

“The schools were in full agree­ment with the pro­posal for these road safety bol­lards.

“Rail­ings were also con­sid­ered, but it was the rec­om­men­da­tion of Trans­port For Bucks that the best op­tion due to width re­stric­tion was to in­stall the bol­lards, which have had suc­cess in driver speed aware­ness across the coun­try. Love the place you live.”

The man­nequin-like de­signs are the lat­est in a string of mea­sures de­signed to im­prove road safety in the vil­lage, with neigh­bours cur­rently fundrais­ing £6,100 for sig­nage, ed­u­ca­tion and street fur­ni­ture.

Visit https://www.just­giv­ing.com/ crowd­fund­ing/iver­heath2017 for more in­for­ma­tion.

There has been a mixed re­ac­tion to Billy and Belinda

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