Bradford Council criticised over 'silly' kerb plan

A bemused plumber has criticised Bradford Council for installing a “silly plastic kerb” randomly on a busy road which he fears will lead to accidents when it snows.

Brian Heaton, of G Jackson Plumbers, Brownroyd Hill Road, Wibsey, said officials told him on Friday the kerb was being installed over the weekend. The £6,000 kerb was installed to cope with the volume of pupils from Grange School which has more than 1,850 students and follows calls to Bradford Council from concerned neighbours and residents.

Mr Heaton arrived at work on Monday and found the 100-yard long plastic kerb at the corner of the road.

He said: “If you imagine a road surface and someone has bolted a type of kerb to the road in the middle of nowhere and it is the stupidest thing I have ever seen in my life and for a public footpath it is crazy.

“People don’t walk on that part anyway and when it snows that kerb will get lost in the snow, then if a car hits it I don’t know what will happen.

“It is like someone has put a concrete block in the road and they haven’t even tapered it down to the road.”

Darren Badrock, principal engineer for Bradford Council’s Highways Service, said: “We have installed this plastic kerb to create a new footpath, as this is a main route for pupils walking to Grange School.

“It makes the route safer, as previously there was no footpath on one side of Brownroyd Hill and now pupils have a safer alternative to crossing St Enoch's Road.

“This new kerbing has a black and white reflective edge which will make it clearly visible to drivers.

“The plastic structure is far quicker, more environmentally friendly and cost effective to put up than a traditional kerbing, which would have required a crew to dig trenches, check drainage and lay concrete before the kerbing could be installed.”

Wibsey Councillor Ralph Berry (Lab) said that the kerb was part of a scheme to ease the heavy traffic, adding: “The scheme resulted from concerns raised by residents about the impact of traffic from the school as it is a very congested spot.”

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9:11am Wed 5 Dec 12

angry bradfordian says...

“This new kerbing has a black and white reflective edge which will make it clearly visible to drivers."

That'll be very useful when it's buried in snow which was Mr Heaton's point.
Despite the fact these council officers are educated to do their job, it's a bit sickening when they just fob off a genuine query from the public. Looking at the photo, common sense would suggest that this is a cheap solution that's created a trip hazard.
“This new kerbing has a black and white reflective edge which will make it clearly visible to drivers." That'll be very useful when it's buried in snow which was Mr Heaton's point. Despite the fact these council officers are educated to do their job, it's a bit sickening when they just fob off a genuine query from the public. Looking at the photo, common sense would suggest that this is a cheap solution that's created a trip hazard. angry bradfordian
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10:25am Wed 5 Dec 12

Idler60 says...

Wonder how long it will be before the 1st compo claim?
Wonder how long it will be before the 1st compo claim? Idler60
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6:49pm Wed 5 Dec 12

jh137 says...

Idler60 wrote:
Wonder how long it will be before the 1st compo claim?
had to laugh, first think i thought of too ...
[quote][p][bold]Idler60[/bold] wrote: Wonder how long it will be before the 1st compo claim?[/p][/quote]had to laugh, first think i thought of too ... jh137
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9:26pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Mike Strutter says...

If Darren Bostock thinks that is acceptable then he deserves the sack. Email Darren.bostock@bradf
ord.gov.uk to tell him what you think
If Darren Bostock thinks that is acceptable then he deserves the sack. Email Darren.bostock@bradf ord.gov.uk to tell him what you think Mike Strutter
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9:26pm Wed 5 Dec 12

puddingandpi says...

Anyone who tries to drive down Brownroyd Hill in snow deserves everything they get.
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But some sort of provision for pedestrians was needed. What do drivers do when normal kerbs are covered by snow? They cope.
Anyone who tries to drive down Brownroyd Hill in snow deserves everything they get. . But some sort of provision for pedestrians was needed. What do drivers do when normal kerbs are covered by snow? They cope. puddingandpi
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9:07pm Thu 6 Dec 12

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

Dear me! I JUST CANNOT STOP FROM LAUGHING OUT LOUD at such a PATHETIC, RIDICULOUS IDEA and, readers, this WHATEVER you want to call it, WAS actually 'BORNE' out of City hall by so-called "INTELLIGENT" councillors!!! DEAR ME(once again), and WE, the public, have to "vote" for IDIOTS such as these in City hall, my, my, my. COUNCILLORS, IT WRONG TO 'CUT' CORNERS
Dear me! I JUST CANNOT STOP FROM LAUGHING OUT LOUD at such a PATHETIC, RIDICULOUS IDEA and, readers, this WHATEVER you want to call it, WAS actually 'BORNE' out of City hall by so-called "INTELLIGENT" councillors!!! DEAR ME(once again), and WE, the public, have to "vote" for IDIOTS such as these in City hall, my, my, my. COUNCILLORS, IT WRONG TO 'CUT' CORNERS GABRIEL.NORDE
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