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New bollards to curb pavement parking

Posted on February 29 2016 at 2:50:14

The replacement of bollards on the pavements of Hewell Road has been proving a headache for Barnt Green parish councillors.

Seven of the bollards installed to prevent pavement parking are now missing: one from the corner of Victoria Mews, three outside the Deedar restaurant, and three outside Oulsnams – while another outside Oulsnams is described as “the leaning bollard of Barnt Green”.

Some councillors have suggested that instead of replacing all three bollards outside the Deedar, two could be replaced with a planter similar to those outside the Tea Shop, which would hopefully be more durable.

However, Coun Edwin Gumbley told the parish council meeting that Worcestershire County Council might insist on replacing “like with like”.

Councillors believe that the bollards outside Oulsnams were removed by Severn Trent Water when attending to a water leak last year – and with replacements costing £200 each, they decided to ask Severn Trent to foot the bill.

“We’ll probably lose that one but we might as well try,” said Chairman Robert Cholmondeley.

The parish council also discussed possible inscriptions for the new bollards, since the old ones are inscribed with the date of installation.

* At the same meeting, councillors heard that an appeal by St Andrews’ First School for parents or carers to volunteer for a “walking bus” scheme to alleviate parking problems in the village had received no response.

There had also been no response to a call for extra parish councillors. Coun Gumbley said he was “per-plexed by local residents’ lack of willing to get involved and give back to their lovely village.”

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