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CLEAN UP: Radlett resident rallies for island visibility following accidents 

 Published on: 19th February 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Radlett mum is urging the council to clean the bollards on top of islands in Watling Street after witnessing an accident. 

Corinne Miller witnessed a nasty accident last year on Watling Street towards Harper Lane where a car struck an unlit, dirty bollard when she was on her way home with her son, and she believes this is still the one that is missing to date. 

She said: “We all know that the streetlights are turned off around midnight if not earlier which no one is happy about. These bollards are a hazard and have caused four accidents to date. In the dark they cannot be seen at all as the reflective part is so dirty. Given they have raised concrete around them, this is unacceptable.” 

When Corinne posted about the bollards on a local Facebook group, she received 90 comments from residents in return, some of which described their own accidents or near-crashes because of a lack of visibility on the road.

Others said they had reported the bollards to the council on several occasions.

“I just would like to know why the council aren’t taking this seriously. There have already been too many accidents, I just don’t want another one to happen,” Corinne added.

Hertsmere Borough councillor for Aldenham West, Caroline Clapper, said: “I am pleased that residents are as concerned about the dirty and damaged bollards as I am. I constantly report these to Highways and would encourage any residents to do the same using the HCC online fault reporting system. 

“I have been personally pushing to get all these bollards replaced by reflective units on springs as I think they are safer and require less maintenance.”

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