Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Posting Lookouts at School

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Posting Lookouts at School

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Byline: By Sonia Sharma

A Tyneside firm has developed safety bollards which look like children to help slow down drivers near schools.

The Great British Bollard Company, of North Shields, made the six posts for a primary school in Nottingham.

Now the firm is hoping the idea could be taken up by schools across the country.

The bollards, all nicknamed Billy by the children, are outside Southwold Primary School, in Radford.

The aim is to stop cars mounting the kerb and get them to slow down as they pass.

A spokesman from the firm said: "The city council approached us and asked if we could make something like this. We were told the bollards could not be of a specific gender, so they are neither male nor female.

"We have not had any requests for them from anywhere else yet but it could take off and other schools may follow."

The structures are made of polyurethane on the outside and metal on the inside.

Nottingham Council ordered the structures from the Tyneside firm after a safety officer thought up the idea. …

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