Se­cu­rity bol­lards re­placed for big lights switch-on

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By ELIS SAND­FORD News Re­porter elis.sand­ford@reach­

WORK has started to re­place the bol­lards re­strict­ing ac­cess to Broadgate af­ter months of con­tro­ver­sial al­ter­na­tives.

A pre­vi­ous set of ‘rise and fall’ bol­lards were dam­aged dur­ing RAF cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in July and re­moved.

Since then the gap has been filled with var­i­ous coun­cil ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing a hired van and a minibus, to pre­vent unau­tho­rised ac­cess to ve­hi­cles.

How­ever work­men have now been spot­ted at the Trin­ity Street en­trance to Broadgate sig­nalling some progress.

A coun­cil spokesper­son pre­vi­ously said that park­ing ve­hi­cles at Broadgate had “no im­pact on ser­vice users”, but al­ter­na­tive se­cu­rity mea­sure has been in­stalled in time for the Christ­mas lights switchon later this month.

Work­men have ar­rived at Broadgate to in­stall bol­lards at the Trin­ity Street en­trance, though these will not be a per­ma­nent mea­sure.

In­stead, new rise and fall bol­lards, which will al­low con­trolled ve­hi­cle ac­cess in and out of Broadgate from both Trin­ity Street and High Street, will be in­stalled though ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, these have been de­layed un­til “well into 2019”.

It is be­lieved that the de­lay comes as a re­sult of man­u­fac­turer is­sues.

The tem­po­rary bol­lards have been de­scribed as meet­ing “lat­est in­dus­try stan­dards”, and will be re­lo­cated else­where in Coven­try city cen­tre once the per­ma­nent bol­lards are ready.

Coun­cil­lor Ab­dul Salam Khan, Coven­try City Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Events, said the work would be com­pleted be­fore the Christ­mas lights switch-on on Novem­ber 21. He said: “The safety of shop­pers and vis­i­tors to the city cen­tre has al­ways been our main pri­or­ity which has led to the tem­po­rary mea­sures be­ing in place.

“Find­ing a fi­nal so­lu­tion to the is­sue has taken longer than we would have wanted for rea­sons out­side of our con­trol, which was the rea­son for the tem­po­rary mea­sures.

“But it was im­por­tant that this work will all be com­pleted be­fore the Christ­mas lights switchon when we ex­pect to once again have thou­sands of peo­ple in Broadgate for an­other won­der­ful fam­ily event.

“De­liv­ery of the new rise-and-fall bol­lards for have been de­layed mean­ing we have de­cided on this tem­po­rary so­lu­tion for Trin­ity Street but these will not be wasted, as we will use them else­where.”

Ear­lier this year, con­crete blocks were in­stalled at the walk­way en­trances to Broadgate, at both Cross Cheap­ing and Iron­mon­ger Road.

These are also in the process of be­ing re­placed, with per­ma­nent bol­lards go­ing into place at both of these lo­ca­tions.

With the Christ­mas lights switch-on tak­ing place on Novem­ber 21, Broadgate is likely to be busy with con­struc­tion with work also con­tin­u­ing at Cathe­dral Lanes.

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