Sunday, 22 October 2017

Bollards to protect residents

BOLLARDS are to be installed outside a Henley retirement village to protect pedestrians.

BOLLARDS are to be installed outside a Henley retirement village to protect pedestrians.

The town council has agreed to carry out the work after concern was raised by residents of Bowling Court, off Fair Mile, about their safety.

One woman said residents using a post box and a bus stop were at risk from drivers who drive along the pavement when parking on the verges.

The land outside the entrance to Bowling Court belongs to the council.

A report prepared by the council said there had been a number of near misses involving residents waiting at the bus stop.



Some people had to squash themselves up against the wall while posting a letter to avoid being hit by a car.

The report said: “It is reported that there is a taxi that regularly drives along this section of the pavement and parks on the Fair Mile verge several times a day.

“In the past, on other sections of the Fair Mile when parking has been an issue, notices have been placed on the windscreen of the offending vehicle requesting that they do not park in that area.”

The town council’s traffic advisory committee has agreed that wooden bollards should be installed to prevent cars from being driven along the pavement and parked on the verge. The idea is supported by Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, provided the bollards allow for disabled access along the footpath.

In October 2013, an entrance sign was installed outside Bowling Court after an ambulance got lost trying to find the village while answering a 999 call to a resident who had fallen ill.



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