Bothersome bollard takes toll on motor vehicles

Thousands of dollars of damage

CHE BAKER IN WANAKA
Last updated 12:09 27/12/2013
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Caltex Wanaka owner Matt Davison stands by a bollard he thinks should be removed.

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A Wanaka businessman is unhappy with a road bollard installed outside his shop which has resulted in thousands of dollars of damage to vehicles.

Caltex Wanaka owner Matt Davison, who raised his concerns at a Wanaka Community Board meeting last week, said the bollard, one of three installed in a line, was hit by motorists on a daily basis.

The bollard was installed as part of the Ardmore St and Brownston St planned upgrade.

Mr Davison said the upgrade was a "vast improvement" to the area but the bollard "shows no purpose".

Within two days of it being replaced it had been hit at least three to four times, Mr Davison said.

"It's just plain wrong.

"It needs to come out. It's already caused thousands of dollars of damage to cars," he said.

Mr Davison said he met with Queenstown Lakes District Council's Wanaka capital works project manager Rob Darby but was told the bollard would not be removed.

Council infrastructure engineer Nicola Greaves said the company who installed the bollard, MWH, were not happy for it to be removed for health and safety reasons.

"Hitting that could be hitting a person," she said.

Board chairwoman Rachel Brown met with council staff and Mr Davison to discuss the bollard but Mr Davison said there was no progress made.

 

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