Bol­lard will not be re-used

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - 24 - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

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.

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