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Oxford vandals flip to ARSON in assault on low site visitors neighbourhood bollards hated by native drivers


Vandals in Oxford have been caught on digicam as they turned to arson in an evening time assault – setting hearth to a bollard in a low site visitors neighbourhood which restricts site visitors to motorists.

Drivers destroyed 20 bollards over lower than three weeks – with vans and vehicles driving over the obstacles, one vandal ripping a bollard out of the bottom and strolling it off with it.

A vandal set the bollard alight after 11pm on a Sunday evening in July on Howard Road in east Oxford.

Video footage from native residents exhibits exhibits drivers intentionally destroying obstacles put up for the low site visitors neighbourhood (LTN) together with a DPD supply driver, a taxi and a number of other vans and vehicles.

A spokesperson for DPD advised MailOnline: ‘It’s unacceptable behaviour and the native depot is investigating that exact incident. We’ve got reminded all drivers within the space to respect the low site visitors neighbourhood initiative and route accordingly.’

Native taxpayers have now needed to pay £100,000 to interchange the destroyed plastic bollards with metal ones to thwart potential vandals as Oxfordshire County Council condemned the ‘unprecedented ranges of vandalism’.

The metal bollards will nonetheless enable emergency companies to enter the street when wanted.

A vandal setting a low site visitors neighbourhood bollard alight after 11pm on a Sunday evening in July on Howard Road in east Oxford

Video footage from local residents shows shows drivers deliberately destroying barriers put up for the low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) including a DPD delivery driver (pictured)

Video footage from native residents exhibits exhibits drivers intentionally destroying obstacles put up for the low site visitors neighbourhood (LTN) together with a DPD supply driver (pictured)

The plastic bollards installed to create the low traffic neighbourhoods will now be replaced with steel ones costing Oxfordshire County Council £100,000

The plastic bollards put in to create the low site visitors neighbourhoods will now get replaced with metal ones costing Oxfordshire County Council £100,000

Josie Proctor, a driver, bicycle owner and mom who lives on Howard Road, stated that she was apprehensive that youngsters biking to highschool may find yourself in automotive accidents after the bollards had been vandalised.

She stated: ‘My foremost concern is that by vandalising bollards they put susceptible street customers like children biking to highschool in peril as they do not anticipate a automotive barrelling in the direction of them the place they anticipated a filter. I’ve seen so many close to misses, it is solely a matter of time earlier than somebody will get significantly harm.

‘I recognise the LTNs are a contentious challenge. Protesting is one factor, however these senseless thugs have value taxpayers £100,000 to interchange the obstacles with metal bollards and lots of hours of police and council employees’ time which may very well be higher used.

‘We’ve got submitted the unredacted footage with quantity plates and faces seen to the police to allow them to deal with this criminality and get some a reimbursement to the general public purse, in addition to deter others and make the roads safer.

‘We’re actually happy that councillors at the moment are putting in metal bollards that can be a lot tougher to destroy however we would prefer to see some official cameras put in that might catch and positive people who flout the principles and the thugs that destroy public property and endanger lives.’

‘We ask the vandals as one neighbour to a different to please respect the trial and assist hold all these strolling and biking on these roads secure.’

Elizabeth Mills, 71, who lives within the Divinity Highway low site visitors neighbourhood stated: ‘I am ambivalent concerning the LTNs; in some methods they make my life higher, and in some methods harder. Nevertheless, what actually makes me offended is the vandalism. I merely do not suppose individuals ought to go round breaking the legislation as a result of they disagree – name me quaint however I do not!’

Native residents’ group Oxfordshire Habitable Streets have contacted DPD to induce them to research the matter and are asking all taxi corporations to respect the LTN regime presently in place.

The plastic bollards had been initially put in following session with the emergency companies with a purpose to scale back the period of time it takes to take away the bollards in case of entry being wanted by the police, hearth service or paramedics.

Drivers destroyed 20 bollards over less than three weeks - with vans and cars driving over the barriers

Drivers destroyed 20 bollards over lower than three weeks – with vans and vehicles driving over the obstacles

The plastic bollard on Howard Street was routinely pulled over so cars could driver over it

The plastic bollard on Howard Road was routinely pulled over so vehicles may driver over it

A member of the public damaging a bollard so a car can get through the blockade

A member of the general public damaging a bollard so a automotive can get by means of the blockade

Whereas vandals have been vandalising and damaging the bollards within the schemes, the LTNs have proved widespread with native residents and people in the remainder of the town, in keeping with a YouGov ballot which noticed a majority again the LTNs by two to 1.

Some residents have additionally proven their dedication to the LTNs, by appearing as ‘human bollards’ to cease automotive and van drivers persevering with to drive by means of the areas illegally.

Quite a lot of locals took issues into their very own arms to guard cyclists, pedestrians and kids from drivers flouting the principles, sharing a video on social media concerning the actions which generated 35,000 views.

Robin Tucker, Chair of the Coalition for Wholesome Streets and Lively Journey (CoHSAT), stated: ‘One factor we should not neglect is that the felony motion we see being perpetrated right here is by a small variety of nasty criminals. A minority of individuals oppose these measures, and an excellent smaller minority of these individuals commit these acts of vandalism.

‘It is value remembering that impartial polling carried out by YouGov confirmed that residents in Oxford help the low site visitors neighbourhoods by a majority of two to 1.’

Almost six in ten individuals dwelling throughout Oxford help low site visitors neighbourhoods reminiscent of these put in in east Oxford virtually six months in the past, round twice as many as oppose them.

A survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of Oxfordshire Habitable Streets confirmed that 56% of respondents supported LTNs, whereas solely 29% opposed them.

The information additionally confirmed that each one age teams supported the LTNs, with youthful residents (aged 18-34) backing them by a big majority, whereas older individuals (over 55s) additionally backed them, although by a smaller majority (49% to 44%).

The LTNs are barely extra widespread with males than girls, with 60% of male respondents supporting, in comparison with 52% of feminine respondents. Throughout each genders, simply 29% of each ladies and men opposed LTNs. 

Men in a van trying to get around the LTN bollard in Howard Street in east Oxford in June

Males in a van attempting to get across the LTN bollard in Howard Road in east Oxford in June

On the subject of the brand new metal bollards, Oxfordshire County Councillor Andrew Gant, Cupboard Member for Highways Administration stated: ‘It is a key second within the continuation of the LTN trial in east Oxford.

‘Ongoing harm has come at a big value to each the council and Thames Valley Police in each money and time, with doubtlessly severe penalties for individuals’s security.

‘Harm to the bollards and protracted use of the low site visitors neighbourhood streets as through-roads is just not solely a danger for the protection of street customers however impacts monitoring information high quality, which may delay the choice on the trial.’

Rob MacDougall, Chief Fireplace Officer for Oxfordshire Fireplace and Rescue Service added: ‘The Fireplace and Rescue service is conscious of the plans to interchange the present plastic bollards for the east Oxford LTNs with metal ones. Emergency companies will nonetheless be capable to take away these metallic bollards to achieve entry when wanted.

‘When the present bollards have been broken by being pushed over or vandalism to the locking mechanism, it has taken up worthwhile time when we’ve got wanted to achieve entry.’

This bollard on Barnet Street in Oxford was melted by a hooded group of arsonists in July

The bollard on Howard Street was also damaged in July

A bollard on Barnet Road (left) in Oxford was melted by a hooded group of arsonists in July. A bollard on Howard Road (proper) was additionally broken then

A hooded gang of had been seen melting traffic-calming bollards in Oxford in July as a mounting public backlash towards the scheme within the metropolis reached ‘one other degree’.

By July the trial of three low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) within the Divinity Highway, St Clement’s and St Mary’s areas that started in Might had already confirmed divisive.

And by then the council had already spent £12,000 changing or repairing road furnishings reminiscent of bollards and planters which had been vandalised.

Thames Valley Police has been contacted for additional remark.

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