Never mind the bollards!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Never mind the bollards! thumbnailTHE new bollards which have been placed outside SRC on Patrick Street.

AN issue of concern to Patrick Street residents which was highlighted by the Newry Democrat a number of months ago has now been resolved satisfactorily.

In our November 14, 2017 edition we carried the story of how concrete bollards, which had been put in place outside the Newry west campus of Southern Regional College had caused consternation.

Although these bollards were placed there to prevent that area being used as a parking area for cars, one local resident described the bollards as being like "something out of Omaha Beach," or indeed "Hitler's reinforced bunker."

At that time, we contacted Southern Regional College, who confirmed that the decision to erect the bollards had been taken because of "the haphazard manner in which vehicles outside of the college gates were parked."

A spokesperson for the college told us: "SRC has for some time been concerned as to the obstruction of the land, the effect of these obstructions upon the safety of its staff and visitors and a wider concern for local residents who would need to use the land as a means of escape in the event of emergency."

The bollards have now been replaced by black iron poles, a move which has pleased the same local resident, who again contacted the Democrat following the completion of the work, and who still wished to remain anonymous.

"Hooray!" said the local lady.

"The SELB have finally seen sense and done away with the ugly concrete stumps that were placed in front of the Newry Technical College on Patrick Street.

"The stumps were at odds with the modern design of the college and sat there like a row of bad teeth.

"It is heartening to know that somebody somewhere listened to the residents' concerns and did something about it.

"After considerable backlash and annoyance to locals and people in general with a bit of taste, the concrete stumps have been replaced with stylish black iron poles which fit in much nicer and serve the same purpose of desisting students from parking.

"Newry may not be top of the list when it comes to design and style and common sense from a town planning point of view (giant tv's etc) but it is a start and encouraging to know that thought was given, albeit second time round, to how the front of the school looked.

"On another note concrete has to be the least environmentally friendly material that should have been used to begin with, so God knows why it was ever even endorsed!

"Anyway many thanks to SELB for putting it right."


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