‘Where are our bollards?’

Councillor Paul Dixon shows the marks made in preparation for bollards to prevent cars parking at the junction of Hylton Road and Trimdon Street. The work has now been cancelled.
Councillor Paul Dixon shows the marks made in preparation for bollards to prevent cars parking at the junction of Hylton Road and Trimdon Street. The work has now been cancelled.
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A FED-UP councillor claims traffic bosses did a last-minute U-turn on putting bollards on a busy street.

Coun Paul Dixon, who represents Millfield, is disappointed that Sunderland Council has appeared to scrap plans for 17 bollards at the junction of Trimdon Street and Hylton Road.

Cars parked on Trimdon Street next to the junction with Hylton Road.

Cars parked on Trimdon Street next to the junction with Hylton Road.

Coun Dixon claims cars parked on the pavement, as well as rubbish and furniture being dumped, cause significant problems for residents and businesses.

He feels bollards would be more effective at preventing the parking than relying on traffic wardens to enforce the law.

“Cars have been using the place for years and it just hasn’t worked. There’s no chance it will work now,” he said.

“I got the council to agreee to the plans and they were due to be installed last week.”

But council bosses now say they will looking at how well enforcement works.

James Newell, interim head of Traffic Management, Road Safety and Parking Services, said: “We have reapplied the parking and waiting restrictions in parts of the Trimdon Street area off Hylton Road and are monitoring the situation.”

But Coun Dixon said: Enforcement doesn’t work. If they had them (the bollards) down it would have been solved.

“As soon as the traffic warden goes, the cars just come straight back.

“If bollards are unsightly on a significant gateway into the city what effect on this gateway does furniture, cookers, washing machines, carpets and a variety of junk advertised for sale all over the footpaths have?”

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