Fury over rotting bollards
ROTTING bollards have sparked safety fears in Kingsholm.
A large number of the wooden posts by Sebert Street recreation ground are in disrepair or have gone missing.
They were originally put in place about three years ago at the request of city and county councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD Kingsholm and Wotton).
He said: "I asked for them to be placed because myself and the residents were fed up with people parking on match days.
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"I noticed there was an issue when I went on a walkabout with another city councillor and we saw many tyre marks on the grass because there is not many bollards left now."
He said Gloucester City Council initially refused to replace them but after he contacted them again, they would now look into the costs.
He said concerns over the safety of the children is another problem as drivers park on the nearby fields.
Mr Hilton said: "It is a recreation area and there is one of the best play areas in Gloucester, next to the fields.
"I will not be satisfied until something is done."
John Price, chairman of the Kingsholm and Wotton Neighbourhood Partnership has backed Mr Hilton. He said: "The community and the council have spent a considerable amount of time and money looking after the area, so it would be a shame to see people driving on it again.
"There are a number of issues, firstly the safety of the children who go to the play area nearby.
"Secondly if cars are parked on both sides, it is very hard for emergency vehicles to get through.
"The rugby club is a big part of Kingsholm, who also try to keep people from parking on the fields."
A council spokesman said: "The council is currently looking into the costs associated with replacing and maintaining bollards in the area and to whether this is the correct solution."