Shopkeepers complained over bollards to Southend Council

Echo: Success – Paul Mills at the spot where bollards were put up by the council last year Success – Paul Mills at the spot where bollards were put up by the council last year

A PERSISTENT postmaster who complained when the council put up bollards outside his business is celebrating after they were taken down.

Paul Mills, 54, was furious in September last year when access to six parking spaces in front of the post office in Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, were lost because of the new bollards.

The four wooden bollards were put in by Southend Council in an effort to make the forecourt area safer, but traders complained it was driving customers away.

Mr Mills, who runs the sub-post office in the parade of shops, said he wasn’t consulted on the action and saw a drop in customers who could no longer pull up and pop into the shops.

He took on the council to get them taken down and is now happy to see the council has buckled under his pressure.

He said: “I have complained ever since they were put in because cars parking on the forecourt haven’t caused any accidents in the five years I have been here.

“It seemed like a complete waste of taxpayers’ money putting them in and it was hampering business.”

Mr Mills launched his campaign in the Echo alongside Samsu Miah, who owns the Hasina Tandoori Restaurant next door.

Mr Miah called the bollards a “disaster” and said in the 28 years he had been based in Rayleigh Road, he had never seen an accident.

Mr Mills added: “People have said well done for fighting it and I hope, now the spaces are free again, customers will start to come back.”

A council spokesman said: “The bollards have now been removed as a result of representations from the shopkeepers.”

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10:10am Tue 21 Feb 12

Southendracer says...

some of these bollards are just stupid people block my drive in council does nothink about it and now have put bollards on the oposit side of the road to now i cant even go on the path to get my car out
some of these bollards are just stupid people block my drive in council does nothink about it and now have put bollards on the oposit side of the road to now i cant even go on the path to get my car out Southendracer

10:14am Tue 21 Feb 12

timmus says...

These wooden posts are a waste of time and money, they are every where, the council wasted a fortune on them.....then we read storys like this one..

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These wooden posts are a waste of time and money, they are every where, the council wasted a fortune on them.....then we read storys like this one.. http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/9542049. Southend_Council_war ns_spending_must_fal l_25__by_2016/ timmus

10:35am Tue 21 Feb 12

APR says...

I can understand why they were put there. To stop people parking on a pedestrian area, then backing out onto a main road, close to a pedestrian crossing.

When there is a free car park 25yds away.
I can understand why they were put there. To stop people parking on a pedestrian area, then backing out onto a main road, close to a pedestrian crossing. When there is a free car park 25yds away. APR

11:22am Tue 21 Feb 12

Nebs says...

APR wrote:
I can understand why they were put there. To stop people parking on a pedestrian area, then backing out onto a main road, close to a pedestrian crossing.

When there is a free car park 25yds away.
Shouldn't they reverse into the parking spaces, and then pull out going forwards.
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: I can understand why they were put there. To stop people parking on a pedestrian area, then backing out onto a main road, close to a pedestrian crossing. When there is a free car park 25yds away.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't they reverse into the parking spaces, and then pull out going forwards. Nebs

1:04pm Tue 21 Feb 12

cockleshed says...

I'm presuming these were the thick wooden bollards ? I was driving down Woodside, Leigh sometime back in october/november last year and I noticed that they had placed these into the grass verges obviously to avoid parking on them... The following week I drove down there again and mysteriously they had been removed ! Seems like an awful waste of time and money and wondere if anyone can explain ?
I'm presuming these were the thick wooden bollards ? I was driving down Woodside, Leigh sometime back in october/november last year and I noticed that they had placed these into the grass verges obviously to avoid parking on them... The following week I drove down there again and mysteriously they had been removed ! Seems like an awful waste of time and money and wondere if anyone can explain ? cockleshed

1:09pm Tue 21 Feb 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

it's the traffic warden's favourite album, 'never mind the bollards'.....
it's the traffic warden's favourite album, 'never mind the bollards'..... The Cater Wood Creeper

2:01pm Tue 21 Feb 12

APR says...

Nebs wrote:
APR wrote:
I can understand why they were put there. To stop people parking on a pedestrian area, then backing out onto a main road, close to a pedestrian crossing.

When there is a free car park 25yds away.
Shouldn't they reverse into the parking spaces, and then pull out going forwards.
In theory yes. I always try to back into parking places myself.

Not easy though, as it's a busy road, and there often people standing around.
The car park is right next to the shop, but people are too lazy to walk a few yards.

The same way that people will spend ages driving round and around a supermarket car park, to avoid walking a few extra yards.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: I can understand why they were put there. To stop people parking on a pedestrian area, then backing out onto a main road, close to a pedestrian crossing. When there is a free car park 25yds away.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't they reverse into the parking spaces, and then pull out going forwards.[/p][/quote]In theory yes. I always try to back into parking places myself. Not easy though, as it's a busy road, and there often people standing around. The car park is right next to the shop, but people are too lazy to walk a few yards. The same way that people will spend ages driving round and around a supermarket car park, to avoid walking a few extra yards. APR

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