School Street Scheme bollard reinstated after vandalism over festive period

A bollard in Cambridge has been reinstalled by the council after being vandalised over the festive period. The barrier which is located opposite St Phillips School on Vinery Road had been installed on a trial basis by Cambridgehire County Council (CCC), as part of attempts to reduce rat-running in the area.

CCC in an official statement said: “The bollard on Vinery Road was vandalised. Our teams worked quickly and have since replaced the bollard. We are looking into more secure options”.

Simon Ward, a Romsey resident alerted the community to the bollard’s disappearance on December 29 on social media: “Oh dear, Vinery Road barrier has disappeared….. Happy new year everyone”. One user asked whether it was an “official disappearance” or “guerrilla activity”. The unnamed man soon got his answer as the barrier has been promptly reinstalled by CCC several days later.

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Under the proposals which were considered by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee, cars aren’t allowed to enter Vinery Road and Vinery Way between 8.30am and 9.30am and 2.45pm and 3.45pm, Monday to Friday, during term time. A temporary scheme to prevent vehicles from accessing roads outside a school during drop off periods in Cambridge was made permanent back in July.

The School Street Scheme in Vinery Road and Vinery Way was installed during the pandemic to help pupils and staff attending St Philip’s Primary School. It followed a consultation which showed the majority of respondents were in favour of the scheme.

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