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Revealed: How much Fishergate Bollard hits are costing Lancashire County Council

Posted on - 4th April, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Fishergate bollard seen out of position Pic: David Shelstone
Fishergate bollard seen out of position Pic: David Shelstone

Two drivers have received payouts after striking the Fishergate Bollard and its structure.

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Lancashire County Council has revealed it paid out a total of £5,029.96 in two claims.

Eight drivers attempted an insurance claim against the county council for the controversial street furniture which has been hit numerous times since its introduction near Preston Railway Station.

Six of the claims were defended by LCC but they lost two claims, due to lighting on the plinth and its structure being out at the time the collisions took place.

One driver in January 2019 received £2,744.97 and another in September 2016 received £2,284.99.

But the county council has also been clawing money back from motorists who hit the bollard‘s structure, as our exclusive information from a Freedom of Information request shows.

Seven individuals have had to pay through insurance for the cost of cleaning up oil and debris after a hit on the Bollard’s base.

The shared space was funded by the European Union - as outlined on the bollard
The shared space was funded by the European Union – as outlined on the bollard

A total of £1,801.35 has been recouped by the county council and the claims date from June 2017 to February 2019.

The main Bollard remains missing from Fishergate, replaced for the meantime with a traffic cone.

Read more: The last time Fishergate Bollard was actually there

Another Freedom of Information request made by Blog Preston showed it costs the county council £330 per bollard that is put back in place each time it’s hit.

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