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Quinton Councillor ridiculed over 'waste of money' bollards
Local residents called the attempt to "deter illegal off road bikes" a "joke" and a "waste of money"
A Birmingham City Councillor has been ridiculed by her own electorate after posting about a new installation of bollards in Quinton on social media.
The bollards have been installed at Highfield Farm Recreation Ground, a green open space in Quinton that is regularly troubled by illegal off-road dirt bikes who cause anti-social behaviour and have previously injured a resident’s dog in Woodgate Valley Country Park.
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Cllr Sam Forsyth (Quinton, Labour), posted images of the bollards in local Facebook community groups, commenting,
“New bollards at Highfield Farm Recreation Grounds to help deter illegal off road bikes”. She added, “Making Quinton safer” along with a rose emoji, the Labour Party emblem.
But residents were quick to respond, highlighting that the space between the bollards was far too wide to prevent off road bikes from going through them.
One Facebook user responded that the bollards were a “waste of money!”. Another agreed, commenting “what a waste of money, bikers are probably laughing at them” adding a string of ‘laughing’ and ‘face palm’ emojis.
Other Quinton residents listed things that could fit through the bollards:
“What a pathetic waste of resources & money! You could fit an elephant through that gap!”
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“Omg a bus would get through that! *face palm emoji*”
Other residents were more critical of the decision-making process at Birmingham City Council, arguing that “someone needs to be held accountable for this. it’s stupid”.
Local residents are clearly frustrated that the cash-strapped Council has wasted vital resources on an ineffective measure to tackle what is a serious concern for many in Quinton.
Counter Cut understands that the local Conservatives on Birmingham City Council are investigating how much the bollards cost the Council.
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