Category Archives: Older residents

New bollard on Palace Road

At the end of January a new bollard appeared on Palace Road, just outside the Palace Road Nature Garden. It is beside the gate that blocks the road to motor traffic, but obstructs wide cycles (such as tricycles), mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

What is it for? We asked the council and they replied that someone had been driving a Smart car through this gap, leading to complaints by “a number of” residents – hence the new bollard. As for non-motorised road users who can’t get through the gap any more, they are advised by the council to “use the footpath running parallel”. This may well be illegal, of course.

Contact the Elderly charity

Do you know an elderly person who lives alone, has little contact with friends or relatives and has difficulty getting out on their own? There is a local group (part of a national charity) that runs tea parties for such people, giving guests a lift to and from their homes. They are looking for two or three more members of their group. Do you know someone who could benefit from being a member? If so, let us know and we will put you in contact with the group coordinator.