A controversial traffic scheme in Preston city centre is to be scrapped by council bosses.
Rising bollards were installed at the junction of Cheapside and Friargate in 2009 at a cost of £35,000.
But the decision has now been taken at county council level to remove them.
At a meeting of Preston City Council, deputy leader John Swindells described the decision as a “real disappointment”.
He said: “The focus of our event programme will be on the flag market, and to enable that to go on and be a success it would have been better to pedestrianise that area. But the decision has been taken elsewhere.”
Coun Neil Cartwright said: “We will be the poorer, not just in financial terms, because we won’t have the means of restricting vehicular access through the area. I feel quite sad that after all the mockery it’s being scrapped.”
Paul Dunne, highways manager for Preston, said: “The rising bollards were introduced in partnership with Preston City Council as part of a scheme to improve the area for shoppers and businesses by reducing the number of vehicles parking and accessing the area inappropriately.”
He said they were part of a wider experimental traffic order. He said: “The new parking restrictions have improved the way traffic is managed and will now be introduced permanently, but we encountered a number of operational and road safety issues when testing the rising bollards and have taken the decision to remove them.
“The bollards were originally installed as part of the European-funded CIVITAS scheme and will be stored and used elsewhere when there’s an appropriate opportunity.”