Wed, 23 Nov 2016
A CHILD and an elderly woman are among the people who claim they have been injured as a result of the vehicle they were travelling in colliding with rising bollards at Newbury Racecourse.
In total, more than 40 vehicles have been either damaged or written off in the past six months and the row over who is responsible has further intensified this week.
Newbury Racecourse refuses to admit liability for the incidents and remains adamant that drivers are ignoring the warning signs.
But some furious motorists insist that the bollards are faulty.
The bollards were installed next to the Rocking Horse Nursery to prevent access to and from the Stroud Green end of the development, although racecourse vehicles are allowed through.
Members of Nuffield Health also have permission to access the gym via the bollards, which are meant to lower using automatic number plate recognition. They can register up to two vehicles per membership, but are only meant to use the access when using the gym.
Many Racecourse Road residents claim the system is being abused by members using the access at other times, but the gym says it is difficult to monitor.
The bollards were installed to prevent through traffic using a private road and stop people using the racecourse as a ‘rat run’ to avoid the A339.
But with the bollards increasingly out of action due to the number of collisions, many Racecourse residents say that motorists are doing just that.
One resident, who didn’t want to be named, said: “The amount of traffic coming through has got out of control. Cars are flying past the nursery and we are really concerned a child will be knocked down.”
However, several motorists have claimed the bollards came up under their car after they were waved through by stewards.
Michelle Page-Smith said she pulled up to the white line and, after not being acknowledged by security staff, proceeded to edge forward at around five miles per hour with a child in her car.
She added: “As I looked there was no bollard coming up out of the ground, so I moved forward.
“This was when I got shunted and there was a loud bang.
“After the vehicle was towed away I had someone take me and the child to Newbury hospital to be checked over.
“Luckily there were only minor injuries of bruising to my chest and the child had bruising to his back.”