An article in today’s Bristol Evening Post claims shoppers have been put off from using Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre following the installation of speed humps back in November last year.
The humps on the approach road to the centre are said to be giving customers “too much of a jolt” and the obstacles are alleged to be causing traffic congestion because vehicles have to “virtually stop before driving over them”.
The story will be familiar to Journal readers as we covered it two months ago when the humps were first installed.
The paper quotes Bradley Stoke Town Councillor Keith Cranney as saying:
“… the centre should be doing everything it could to encourage customers in times of economic austerity – not put them off.”
“I’ve had a lot of complaints about this and it was raised at a recent forum meeting where someone said they wouldn’t be shopping there again.”
Members of the Bradley Stoke Police Beat Team which has a base at the centre, however, expressed different views in a presentation to a Town Council meeting last Wednesday.
PCSO Paul Baxter said he believed the humps were actually “helping the cause”, adding:
“Before they went in, every day we were viewing CCTV images of people sliding off from the bend at the end [of the access road] and writing their cars off.”
“They needed to slow down. I understand that it’s a pain but I do believe it’s better than having nothing there at all.”
Beat manager PC Claire Fletcher had earlier told the meeting that she encounters “someone driving at me [down the centre of the road] every time I arrive or leave”, adding:
“On two occasions I’ve had to swerve to avoid someone and have immediately gone up to inspect the CCTV in the centre’s control room to get the registration numbers.”
The errant drivers were dealt with under Section 59 of the Road Traffic Act (Vehicles used in manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance), she reported.
Willow Brook Centre Manager Scott Lahive is quoted as saying:
“It would be very regrettable if these measures were discouraging people from visiting the centre.”
“The introduction of speed bumps were a last resort following nearly 50 accidents on the approach road due to speeding vehicles.”
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