Controversial barriers in Wisbech will stay says councillor - and be painted green ‘to blend in with the grass’

Churchill road, Weasenham Lane junction Barriers. Picture: Steve Williams.

Churchill road, Weasenham Lane junction Barriers. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Barriers on Churchill Road, Wisbech, will stay – but be painted green “to blend in with grass”.

Churchill road, Weasenham Lane junction Barriers. Picture: Steve Williams.

Churchill road, Weasenham Lane junction Barriers. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

County councillor Sam Hoy said she was still unhappy the work was carried out without discussion.

“I’ve just come out of a meeting with the highways network manager about the barriers,” she said.

“He said they will be conducting an inquiry to see how it happened- work being done in an unsafe way with no one told.”

But she added: “The general response to the barriers is to leave them and people suggesting painting them. They will be painted a green colour.

Churchill road, Weasenham Lane junction Barriers. Picture: Steve Williams.

Churchill road, Weasenham Lane junction Barriers. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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“Green would blend in with the gas box and grass. They are going to send me some “shades” to look at. Feel like I’m going round B & Q.”

She said the barriers “have been put up as safety barriers to stop a serious injury or death if someone were to crash into the gas box which is large, heavy and solid.

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“The length of them is due to legal regulations

“The fact the barriers stop people selling cars there are an added bonus.”

Churchill road, Weasenham Lane junction Barriers. Picture: Steve Williams.

Churchill road, Weasenham Lane junction Barriers. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Last week Cllr Hoy said she had written a letter of complaint to the county council chief executive Gill Beasley.

“Officers should tell me what’s happening in my area,” she said. “Also they hadn’t even booked road space so when I notified the street works team they made them stop work as it was unsafe. What a total shambles.”

The barriers have been installed between Churchill Road and Elm Road.

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