A campaign has started in Dulwich after the council announced it would be removing the bollards outside a primary school, which currently restrict road traffic between school hours.
The proposed removal of the bollards is causing quite a stir at Bessemer Grange Primary School, with parents and teachers worried it could lead to ‘children getting harmed.’
In 2018, the collapsible metal bollards, which are manually erected from the ground during opening and closing hours to stop cars from driving directly outside the school, were installed by the council as part of the school streets scheme. Nairn Grove is one of eighteen school streets in Southwark where motor traffic is restricted, in order to improve road safety and reduce the impact of air pollution.
Given the council’s current mission to make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians, with the Streets for People strategy, this seems to fly in the face of that entirely. Just last week, we reported on how much disturbance the road work to pedestrianise a street in Walworth was causing for one business. It seems ludicrous that the council would face the wrath of residents for this long to push a policy that they seem to be reversing in this school’s case.