Verging on the ridiculous! New bollards in Terrington St Clement are panned
Wooden bollards which were erected on a narrow road in Terrington St Clement last week have been the cause of uproar amongst some villagers.
Three posts were installed on a verge outside of a property at Old Roman Bank by Norfolk County Council Highways, which is where a county councillor lives.
Residents have complained that the bollards were placed outside of the home of Sheila Young, who is also a borough and parish councillor, but Mrs Young said this is not a case of favouritism.
Paul Hunter, who is a farmer in the village, said: “There are things in the village that need doing before this.”
He added: “We live in the middle of nowhere, and we can’t even get signs put up. I have spoken to a neighbouring farmer about it and they are livid with it.”
But Mrs Young said other residents who were in need of similar protection for their properties are able to apply for it.
She said: “There’s no favouritism or anything.
“What happens to us along here is that farmers’ large vehicles score great gauges out of our wild flower verge.
“The past year has been particularly dreadful.”
Mrs Young said she asked Highways to replace posts which had been destroyed by large vehicles which use the road.
“If people want their properties protected by the reflective posts Highways will do it for them if they appreciate the need, I waited for two years for this to be done,” she said.
Mrs Young added that she had spoken to a Highways official since the bollards were installed who had admitted that the posts had been placed in the “wrong place”.
“He admitted he should have put them on the mound,” she said.
A Norfolk County Council spokeswoman said: “Prior to the installation of the wooden bollards, the single lane track had been fitted with reflector posts to deter vehicles from mounting the side of this track and damaging the verge and nearby property.
“When, on inspection, these had been broken beyond repair, it was necessary to replace these with something more robust.
“Wooden bollards are an effective and safe way to prevent further deterioration of pathways and verges on narrow roads such as the one in question and are common throughout the county.”