Business backs bollard petition

18 June 2013.....  Joshua Woodall from Woodall Bros garage claiming  the newly installed bollards on Westfield Road in Hemsworth  are affecting business
18 June 2013..... Joshua Woodall from Woodall Bros garage claiming the newly installed bollards on Westfield Road in Hemsworth are affecting business
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Residents and businesses are fighting to get bollards removed from their road - despite a previous campaign to get them installed by other home owners.

A petition of more than 100 signatures has been signed to get the bollards on Westfield Lane, Hemsworth removed.

They were installed six months ago after residents complained the road was being used as a ‘rat run’.

But now complaints about obstruction to residents’ homes and loss of business for nearby companies has provoked the petition.

Joshua Woodall, mechanic at Woodall Brothers on Westfield Road, said the business was suffering because of the bollards.

He said: “It is affecting us in a big way. We don’t have people passing us anymore because the road has been blocked off. No passing trade means less business which is going to be detrimental for us.”

Brian Denham, of Mount Avenue, started the petition.

He said: “It is true that the road is used as a rat run around school home times and it has made it a quieter road, but it has made it much more difficult for people that live on that road.

“I can’t drive up my own road now so have to drive the long way around to get to my house. It is going to cost me an extra £40 a year in petrol.”

He suggested putting speed bumps in place of the bollards.

Ian Thomson, service director for planning, transportation and highways said: “The bollards were part of a 12 month trial. The closure was introduced in response to numerous complaints from local residents about the use of the road as a rat run and even some drivers travelling against the one way system on the road. We have received comments both for and against the bollards, which we will be reporting to a future highways and planning committee meeting, where a final decision will be made.”

What do you think? Write to hemsworth@ywng.co.uk to have your say.