Residents celebrate success in bollard battle

Birkacre Park residents stand next to some of the "unsightly and impractical" bollards that they will be happy to see the back of

Birkacre Park residents stand next to some of the "unsightly and impractical" bollards that they will be happy to see the back of

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Residents are celebrating success in their battle to have dozens of unsightly metal bollards “making their lives a misery” removed from their estate.

The residents of Birkacre Park estate, Eaves Green, say they were “gobsmacked” when the bollards appeared one evening in winter with no notification from Miller Homes.

Everyone was in agreement that these bollards were just not necessary and after joining forces through Facebook, it appears we have won our battle because at last they are going to be removed

Jon Peake - Birkacre Park resident

They say they present parking problems and difficulties for delivery vehicles, bin lorries and emergency services – as well as being “a total eyesore”.

Resident Jon Peake, who set up a group on Facebook, said: “Everyone was in agreement that these bollards were just not necessary and after joining forces through Facebook, it appears we have won our battle because at last they are going to be removed.

“Last week a technician from Miller Homes came out and agreed that the majority, if not all of the bollards, can be removed pending a safety audit.”

A Miller Homes spokesman said: “The bollards were erected in compliance with the design guide provided by English Partnerships (now the Homes and Communities Agency). However, we understand the frustration of the residents and as such are engaging with the local authority further on this matter.”

Neil Stevens, Lancashire County Council’s highways development control manager, said: “These residential roads have been designed according to the Home Zone concept, which aims to create places where children can play safely, are welcoming to pedestrians, and encourage social interaction.

“Home Zones rely on the use of shared space, with no strong divide between areas for pedestrians and traffic – street furniture, such as bollards, is used to create narrowings to encourage very low vehicle speeds.

“We are aware of the concerns raised about the bollards and are discussing the issue with the developer.”