Details of security bollards scheme revealed

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Details of how Canterbury City Council’s city centre security bollards scheme will operate have been revealed to the businesses and residents who will be affected.

They will receive letters and information leaflets outlining how access to the city will work in the future. The pack also includes a map showing where the bollards will be situated. The letter explains:

  • Access to the pedestrian zone will be strictly controlled at all times
  • Existing City Centre Access Permits will no longer be valid and current holders and people considering themselves eligible will need to apply for a new permit
  • Delivery drivers and commercial waste contractors will have to ensure they arrive in the city outside of the pedestrian zone hours, ie from 4pm to 10.30am

It also warns people to expect congestion around entrances to the city centre at peak times especially in the early stages of the bollards’ operation.

The information leaflet and map contains full information on how the scheme will work.

Work to install the bollards begins next month (July) and should be complete by the autumn.

The £789,000 scheme is being put in place on the advice of counter-terrorism police to stop a hostile vehicle being driven at pedestrians. There is no specific intelligence pinpointing Canterbury as being at risk. This is a precautionary measure.

The council’s engineers have been working closely with the highway authority Kent County Council, the emergency services and other key players in the city including the cathedral authorities.

They have also been helped by experts from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT) and have conducted detailed radar surveys of the city’s medieval streets to locate buried services.

There will be a total of 105 automated, manually-retractable and static bollards being installed. The automated bollards will be connected directly to the council’s CCTV control room via a camera and intercom.

A separate £131,000 project to protect the Marlowe Theatre is now finished.

Canterbury City Council Chief Executive, Colin Carmichael, said: “This continues to be an immensely complex and challenging project given the nature and history of the city.

“But it is incredibly important that we do all we can to protect everyone who lives, works and studies in the city, as well as the tourists who visit.

“The installation of the bollards to enhance security in the city centre will, in effect, see us enforcing the restrictions on vehicles in the pedestrian zone that have existed for the past 20 years.”

The council will be holding a drop-in session to give residents and businesses the opportunity to ask questions or raise concerns in person between 3.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 12 June at the Guildhall in St Peter’s Place, Canterbury.