Motorist causes damage in Preston city centre

More items of street furniture within Preston's controversial shared space area have fallen foul of a careless motorist - but this time it's not the Fishergate bollard.

Monday, 26th June 2017, 4:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:45 am
The lamp-posts on Church Street have been removed

A pair of lamp-posts at the opposite end of the city centre were damaged last week, burdening county hall with the cost of replacing them.

The latest incident, adding to a growing list of collisions in recent years, has prompted council bosses to call for help from the public.

Martin Dunwell, community services manager at Lancashire County Council, said: “This type of incident costs the county council money to fix the damage.

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“We’ll see if we can find out what has happened, and whether we can claim from the driver responsible or their insurance company.”

The multi-million pound shared space scheme was extended from Fishergate to Church Street last year.

Designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly and attractive city centre, it has not received universal approval with drivers complaining it had contributed to congestion problems.

However, the £3.4m project won a national award last year for getting rid of unsightly street signs.

And it has made the Fishergate bollard - situated at the junction with Corporation Street - somewhat of a social media celebrity with 2,145 followers on Twitter reading about its various altercations with dozy drivers.

Council bosses said the lamp-posts, on Church Street, have now been removed.

Mr Dunwell added: “If anyone sees an incident taking place, please contact us so that we can try to track down the vehicle responsible.”