Bollard theft in Oriental Road halts progress

SURREY County Council has been left flummoxed after two newly installed bollards were dug up and stolen – less than a day after being installed on the grass verges along Oriental Road.

Residents of the street have complained about the state of the verges close to Woking train station since 2013, when roadworks left them in a poor condition.

Although the grass was replanted once the work was complete, residents say it has not been able to grow back due to
inconsiderate drivers leaving their cars on the strips of land.

In response, Surrey County Council planted trees at the top end of Oriental Road at the beginning of the year, and recently agreed to place two bollards on one patch of grass to prevent it from being used to park vehicles.

The bollards were put in place on Friday, November 6. However, there was shock the following morning when it was found that the posts had been pulled out of the ground, leaving two square holes.

Conservative Councillor for Mount Hermon East, Carl Thomson, who represents the area on Woking Borough Council,
said: “It’s pretty astonishing that someone would go to the trouble of digging up and removing council-owned bollards.

“I think it shows a serious disregard for other people and for public property.

“It’s actually a financial loss to the taxpayer as they will need to be replaced and further work done to secure them and ensure they can’t be removed.”

Councillor Thomson told the News & Mail that if anyone has any information about the loss of the bollards then they should contact Surrey County Council on 0300 200 1003.

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