Creepy traffic bollards cause outcry from residents

first_imgThey may look like something out of a nightmarish horror film, but these bollards have caused quite the controversy after residents branded them creepy and dangerous.The mannequin-style figures are the latest idea by Iver District Council in a bid to improve road safety outside local schools.The bollards, known as Bill and Belinda, have been installed near infants and juniors in Iver and Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire as a deterrent to speeding drivers, however many residents have hit out at the hair-raising figures calling them an “eyesore” and potentially hazardous. The bollard known as BelindaCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley The scheme was spearheaded by Buckinghamshire County Councillor Luisa Sullivan.She said: “I think we really need to experiment with our options. Whilst they may not look pretty, they have minimal facial appearances as to not distract drivers, they are merely supposed to resemble school children and just make drivers think. But the Councillor responsible for their implementation said she suspected parents were only annoyed as they were now unable to mount the kerb with their cars when dropping their children off at school.More than half a dozen of the youngster lookalikes have been erected at a cost of £5,395 in an effort to fool drivers into thinking a child is crossing the road, but reviews have been mixed on the eerie figures.Resident Alison Major said: “They look awful, they should have been a normal traffic bollard. They will be knocked over in no time or defaced with graffiti. Connor McGinn added: “If I was a driver they would scare me into crashing, super creepy.” “When people know that it’s just a bollard they will just continue as normal as they get used to them so when a child does step out the potential for them to get hit is still there.” Safety bollards modelled on schoolchildren outside Iver Heath Infants School, Iver Bill the bollardCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley A dog walker passes one of the bollards Safety bollards modelled on schoolchildren outside Iver Heath Infants School, IverCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley The bollard known as Belinda Bill the bollard “We also have a number of parents who mount the kerb at the school, and these bollards can act as a deterrent to this, maybe that is causing annoyance, but I think that if they make the school area safer they should only be seen as a good thing.”The scheme wasn’t a complete write off though with some residents seeing the funny side, providing the bollards with sunglasses and waterproof overalls. RAC spokesman Rod Dennis commented that if the scheme is proven to be successful in encouraging drivers to slow down they should be seen as a positive move.He added: “Regardless of their aesthetics, these bollards are likely to catch the eye of drivers and send a clear messages that young children will be walking in the area.” A dog walker passes ‘Belinda’…Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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