Bollard will not be re-used
MOTORISTS have been stung for £1,500 to repair a city centre bollard damaged by their cars – only for it to be taken out of use by the council.
The controversial rising bollard in Fitzwilliam Street – which was damaged last September when cars drove over it while it rose – has been permanently withdrawn from use by Peterborough City Council.
It was installed in May last year to replace a fixed bollard, which blocked traffic from using the road as a shortcut between Park Road and Broadway. The new bollard sank down when a code was entered, allowing taxis and emergency vehicles to pass through.
However, the bollard has been broken for nine months, since cars tried to pass over it by following behind authorised vehicles.
Around 15 cars were damaged along with the bollard and the council launched legal action against motorists to regain the £1,500 it would cost to repair it.
However, two weeks ago, the council installed two permanent fixed bollards in Fitzwilliam Street.
A council spokeswoman said today: “The rising bollard in Fitzwilliam Street is no longer in use. The bollard will remain in the ground. If a suitable site is found elsewhere in the city, the council will look to re-use it.”
Emergency vehicles and taxis must now use either Church Walk or Burghley Square to travel between Broadway and Park Road.
The taxi rank in Fitzwilliam Street was also removed two weeks ago and converted to pay and display parking. The council is working with the Peterborough Taxi Drivers’ Forum on a new location for the rank.
The council spokeswoman said no motorists had claimed against the council for damage to their cars.
Cllr Darren Fower, who has previously criticised the bollard’s design and signage, said: “I am glad the decision to stop using the bollard has finally been taken. People and businesses should have been consulted to make sure the bollard was put in the right place. It is sad that thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on this project.”
stung: The controversial bollard in Fitzwilliam Street.