BASHED bollards in Warwick town centre will soon be a thing of the past.
The black bollards marking the refuges in the centre of the High Street have cost Warwickshire County Council £4,300 in repairs following 18 damage call outs in the past two years.
But a planned one way system as part of traffic calming measures being implemented now could spell the end to the bollards – which are designed to help pedestrians cross the road safely – but which have regularly been hit by drivers.
Resident Phillip Wallbank claimed the bollards were not visible enough for drivers to notice particularly when dark coloured vehicles were parked nearby.
He said: “Since they were put in place some years ago the discreet black bollards, topped with tiny directional arrows littering this location have been persistently demolished or damaged.”
He added it was a ‘matter of safety’ and something needed to be done urgently.
But a council spokesperson told The Observer: “The new works planned for this area will make it safer and easier to maintain by introducing a one way system, which will remove any bollards and prevent such issues occurring.”
A 20mph zone for the town centre has recently been introduced, and road re-surfacing and speed reducing measures are expected to be completed on Priory Road by the end of February.
Upcoming works include a one-way system along High Street, Jury Street and The Butts, pavement widening, new crossing points, improved cycle links and priority signals for buses.