Fury as more than 50 'ugly' bollards spring up to stop school run parking mayhem

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Neighbours have described the anti-parking measures as an
Neighbours have described the anti-parking measures as an 'eyesore' (Image: Darren Quinton/Birmingham Live)

A council has sparked anger after installing more than 50 ugly bollards to curb school run parking.

Motorists have been left scratching their heads after the posts were erected outside a school in the West Midlands.

But residents claim the traffic calming measures are an 'unnecessary eyesore' and could actually prove more dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

They appeared outside Meadows Primary School, in Birmingham, which caters for around 700 children, around 18 months ago.

The bollards stretch along the A38 Bristol Road between Longbridge and Northfield.

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But after a video of the sprawling 50 metre (164ft) stretch was shared on social media this week, many locals began branding it a complete waste of taxpayers' cash.

Fury as more than 50 'ugly' bollards spring up to stop school run parking mayhemThe sets of anti-parking bollards have been installed on a section of public pavement (Darren Quinton/Birmingham Live)

And neighbours living nearby have also revealed how they were left just as confused by the decision to install three rows of 60 bollards - instead of just a fence.

Mum-of-one Jessica Grant, 38, who lives nearby, said: "They popped up out of nowhere about 18 months ago and everyone was just a bit baffled.

"We're all for traffic safety around a primary school but this just looks like a weird slalom of posts more suited to the Winter Olympics.

"A simple fence or some barriers along the side of the road would have done the job but this is surely more expensive.

Fury as more than 50 'ugly' bollards spring up to stop school run parking mayhemNeighbours have branded the bollards outside their homes an 'eyesore' (Darren Quinton/Birmingham Live)

"It's an absolute eyesore too and if anything could prove more dangerous for cyclists or pedestrians trying to navigate it.

"Delivery drivers have also been unable to park up and I hear parents have had difficulties too.

"I've never seen anything like it anywhere else to be honest."

Another local, who did not wish to be named, added: "Serious questions have to be asked of the council. It's barmy. Who on earth thought this was a good idea?

"We have had problems with parking near the school but this is an unnecessary eyesore and complete overkill by the council.

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Fury as more than 50 'ugly' bollards spring up to stop school run parking mayhemThe black bollards block areas around driveways to homes on the road (Darren Quinton/Birmingham Live)

"The first row nearest the road I sort of understand but the rest of them are just weird."

Earlier, the World Bollard Association tweeted an image of some bollards outside a shop in Asia with the caption: "There's no such thing as too many bollards"

One web user replied with footage of the Birmingham stretch and wrote: "The A38 between Longbridge & Northfield (Birmingham) would seem to agree."

One person commented: "Trees would serve same purpose and you know, look good while doing it."

Fury as more than 50 'ugly' bollards spring up to stop school run parking mayhemResidents have questioned who thought the bollards were a good idea (Darren Quinton/Birmingham Live)

Another added: "Ah, yet another local authority resorting to this ridiculous solution to much bigger infrastructure problems."

A third put: "For the love of god, and all that's holy. why?"

Another person compared it to the Siegfried Line - Hitler's World War II defensive line which stretched 390 miles along the German border.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: "We receive regular complaints from residents about inconsiderate and dangerous parking outside the school.

"We are working with the school to help challenge this behaviour and encourage walking and cycling where appropriate, but unfortunately the number of bollards that have been installed demonstrates the scale of the problem.

"We will continue to encourage parents to consider other forms of transport and to consider others when dropping off children at school."

Sophie Watson

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