The Duke Street rising (not) bollard is still shy: hiding away in its little hole in the ground. There is evidence of investigative work (after more than a month of waiting) with some cobbles having been dug up and replaced by tarmac. But repairs are still awaited. For a couple of days at the start of this week a temporary barrier was moved into place, but that didn't last long and yesterday and today Skinnergate has been full of cars and vans driving through or stopping to shop.
On Monday, July 21st, I sent the following email to Cllr David Lyonette, the Cabinet Member responsible for this matter, copied to three officers, but, of course, I did not receive a reply:
There was some email correspondence between myself and officers last week concerning the broken bollard on Duke Street, which controls access to the Skinnergate pedestrian area. This is due to be mended within the next couple of weeks. However, since last week I have been approached by several retailers and cafe owners from the area to ask if a temporary barrier could be installed.
As the schools break up and kids are in town, and as the weather improves and tables and chairs are being put outside (Arcadia, for example), there is genuine concern that there may be an accident on Skinnergate while so many drivers flout the law and drive through during the day. Pedestrians and cars do not mix well - and kids running around outdoor tables and chairs mix even less well with cars! See http://cllrmikebarker.blogspot.com/2008/07/protests-grow.html for some examples from a ten minute stroll I had down Skinnergate this afternoon."
This afternoon I even saw a white van enter the Pedestrian Heart from Bondgate (which doesn't have a bollard, working or not) and park outside HSBC. The driver strolled into the bank, where I was also headed, carried out his business at the counter, climbed back in his van, negotiated a three-point turn among all the pedestrians and drove back out down Bondgate.
Do these people think pedestrian areas are some sort of outward bound challenge, with points awarded for successfully achieving their target. Some councillors are opposed to cyclists in the Pedestrian Heart: it's selfish, arrogant car drivers they should be worried about.