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Forty vehicles now damaged by racecourse bollards in six months

But dispute over who is responsible rumbles on

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Forty vehicles now damaged by racecourse bollards in six months

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.”

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  • raz0rf1sh

    26/11/2016 - 22:10

    Newbury Racecourse bollards are controlled by overzealous, jobsworth security staff who would rather make Racecourse resident friends/family (visitors) drive all the way back out via the town center & A339 tripling the journey, just to get back to Thatcham/East Newbury. Obeying nonsensical rules are more important than common-sense and courtesy to them. Such a boring place anyway, you would have to pay me to live there.

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    • Newbie

      28/11/2016 - 14:02

      Or...as the first line of their job description will be "restrict access to authorised vehicles only"...they are doing a first class job.

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  • Blizzard

    23/11/2016 - 22:10

    Can't see if the bollard is down. I've a large 4x4, so rely on the green light. The one exiting the racecourse is better as the line is further back. Barrier system could be better, and cheaper. If a barrier is down you know the score. Personally I don't know why they don't just allow traffic through while boundary road is closed. Oh and before anyone starts, I live on the estate. It's more hassle seeing recovery vehicles, cones and repair men digging up the road every week.

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  • Oldmoaner

    23/11/2016 - 16:04

    Why not make it a toll road and charge to use it. Is there not also a civil liberties question that when we build a road then put in an unnecessary fixed obstruction with the potential to actually kill someone?

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  • Oldmoaner

    23/11/2016 - 16:04

    West Berkshire planners are to blame for this debacle; they allow money grabbing developers to exactly what they want with no thought of the impact to the existing area. Mind you they should know a lot about drooping whatsit’s. Fancy allowing this development to be constructed in the middle of the town and putting all of these problems on the existing infrastructure. I walked down and watched the other afternoon the day before a race meeting in an hour they stopped about thirty vehicles, after discussion they turned around two, one was an Argos delivery van and the other a catering van that came out of the racecourse, so much for racecourse traffic being allowed. As for the number of vehicles racing through affecting the nursery, it could be more dangerous with a high speed single vehicle, so the risk has not been assessed and catered for within the planning of the estate. Why not make it a toll road and charge to use it. Is there not also a civil liberties question that when we build

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