Solar Powered Bollard - Court Hill/Brian Avenue
13/11/2019 19:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Residents may be interested to know that the council is no longer repairing solar powered bollards. I only found this out after reporting a broken solar powered bollard on Court Hill and Brian Avenue.
This is the response I have received:
Our investigations shows that the above Solar self-righting traffic bollard was installed over 5 years ago, however, since then the Department of Transport in 2016 has relaxed the lighting requirement for traffic bollards and some other signs. The motivation for this was in a bid to reduce energy usage and light pollution at a national level.
It is useful to note that all self-righting traffic bollards installed in the last 10 years are made up of retroreflective (reflect light back to the source and thereby increase visibility to approaching vehicles) materials. For this reason there is no requirement for the highway authority to reinstate the solar illumination part of the traffic bollard.
To replace or repair the existing solar traffic bollard the Council has to pay nearly £600 per unit which is difficult to justify because of the current economic challenges.
I appreciate that this is not the answer your constituent may be looking for on this matter, however, we need to apply a stricter control over finances and prioritise the resources available to us in a way that achieves the most benefit for the borough.
Notwithstanding this I have instructed our cleansing team to thoroughly clean the traffic bollard to ensure its retroreflectivity is maximised.
All I can say is it is very disappointing.