‘CREEPY’ BOLLARDS GIVE MOTORISTS A FRIGHT
“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.
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There has been a mixed reaction to Billy and Belinda