Good news to report for people crossing the Lansdown Road – near the Royal High School in Bath.
It was from near there that Bath Newseum fan Tony Howell wrote to complain about the state of the bollards on the traffic island.
“There has been only ONE bollard (when there are supposed to be TWO) for about 6 (yes, you ‘eard, SIX) months. The extant one is battered, bent, dented, dirty and distended.
It is a beacon, a metaphor for the state of this country today. And no, I’m not on my high horse. It really does demonstrate how we collectively feel about ourselves.”
Well, l hope Tony is feeling cheered by a visit from the chaps at B&NES Highway’s Department.
“You may be interested to know that as a result of my appeals to Tim Warren of BANES (Bathnes), or whatever it calls itself nowadays, and indeed your kind exposure of this problem, some three weeks on, we now, as of this morning, have new bollards.
So WE can pat ourselves on the back. Except we can’t, because there’s much more to be done.
Freelance Journalist, broadcaster, columnist and local historian. Director of Bath Newseum. Married and lives in Bath.
Interested in local history, architecture and visual display in museums and urban spaces.
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