A SERIOUS accident took place in March this year (2015) when a car accidentally moved forward from its parking space in the Market Place striking a pedestrian and crashing into Cooplands bakery.
The accident victim was left with a severely injured foot, unable to walk and requiring treatment for most of this year.
Following the accident, the injured pedestrian went online to organise an e-petition to get bollards installed at the Market Place to prevent such an accident being repeated. With over 130 signatures that petition is gaining support.
The Hedon Blog consultation on Bollards – an initiative suggested by Councillor John Dennis – sought to capture the views of those in favour and those against installing bollards. A straw poll showed almost equal numbers in favour (58) as against (60).
Significantly, forty three people submitted their reasons and opinions on why they voted the way they did.
In summary; opinion polarised around doing something about the perceived risk of accidents particularly the risk to smaller children, and those who thought that the bollards were an over-reaction to the accident and might themselves cause problems.
By far the biggest concern from those voting YES to bollards was the risk to toddlers, small children and frail pedestrians from any similar accidents. The accident happened at 3.20pm and many respondents were alarmed that it could have been a child walking home from school who could have been injured, or even a toddler walking by. As a result of the incident there is now a fear from some parents of future accident “I use the local shops everyday and have to leave my pram outside as it won’t fit into many of the shops… at the moment I feel vulnerable (to the threat of another similar incident)” said one respondent. Others were similarly concerned of the perceived risk of prams, bikes, scooters and mobility scooter riders being future casualties.
Those voting NO were concerned that one unfortunate accident was prompting an overreaction that would look unsightly and actually cause obstacles on the narrow path that pedestrians would have to dodge or bump in to. Respondents said that problems caused by children playing around them, dogs being tied to them, and pedestrians stepping into the parking spaces to get by would mean there was still a risk of accidents and of people being trapped between car bumpers and the bollards.
We have listed the various issues raised by YES and NO voters below:
Do you support the idea of Bollards in Hedon Market Place?
|Safety first before aesthetics or damage to vehicles.
Bollards could be designed tastefully.
The accident was avoidable. Accident waiting to
Risk to toddlers, small children, frail and other pedestrians. What price on a life?
Cars pull up to park at speed.
Would stop car bumpers overhanging the pavement.
Put bollards in the parking area, not the pavement.
Provide security for business premises against collision damage.
|One unfortunate/rare accident prompted overreaction.
Would spoil the look of the place. Look awful.
Costs money better spent elsewhere.
Bollards would become a plaything for children.
Bollards are obstacles.
Trapping risk between bollards and vehicles.
Other dangerous and inconsiderate parking should be dealt with.
Raise height of kerb.
All the responses have now been sent to the three East Riding Councillors (Cllrs Mike Bryan, John Dennis and Sue Steel) and copied into Hedon Town Council. We will keep you updated with further progress.