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£67k cost of ever-broken bollards in Aylesbury

£67k cost of ever-broken bollards in Aylesbury

Published by Dan Gooding at 2:16pm 22nd July 2019. (Updated at 2:29pm 22nd July 2019)

Is the cost of repairing ever-broken bollards in Aylesbury value for money?

That's the question we've asked Buckinghamshire County Council.

Since 2014, over £67,000 has been spent on trying to fix this one set of rising bollards on Watermead.

There are worries about safety for people living nearby when they are down, which is more often than not.

Our Freedom of Information Request revealed a near £50k price tag for replacements put in last year, which still don't work properly.

We asked how many times the council had been asked to fix the bollards since 2014.

They told us:

We can confirm that Transport for Buckinghamshire and the manufacturer attended multiple times a year from 2014 to 2018 to reset the system and carry out repairs but the exact number of times is not centrally recorded.

'Regrettable'

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The Watermead bollards have cost £67k to fix since 2014

In a statement, Mark Averill, Head of Highways, said:

"All of Transport for Buckinghamshire's (TfB) capital schemes, such as the replacement bollards at Lark Vale, Watermead, are subject to a bidding and approval process in accordance with the Buckinghamshire County Council's Medium Term Financial Plan process.

"This process requires submission of a full business case identifying the need for the scheme, the benefits to the residents and a value for money assessment.

"As people are aware, the bollards at Lark Vale have failed on numerous occasions. This has been due to two main factors - repeated vandalism and an internal system failure.

"The system fault took some time to identify but was resolved on the 18th of June and the bollards were working far more reliably, unfortunately follow up work by the contractor last week appears to have caused a new fault stopping the bollards from working and they are planning to return next week to investigate.

"Whilst it is regrettable that the operation of the bollards since the replacement has been very problematical, and frustrating for all concerned, the repairs have been undertaken at the contractor's expense."

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