CONTROVERSIAL bollards that blocked access to a road have been ordered to stay lowered for good.
The dropping of the automatic bus gate at Yew Tree Drive, in Whiteley, was agreed by executive member for transport Councillor Sean Woodward yesterday.
The bollards, which protected a bus lane, have been the subject of nearly two years of council discussions.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘It has never been a matter of if it will be open to traffic, it was a matter of when.’
The bollards were lowered and the road opened to traffic for a three-month trial in February.
A public consultation was carried out, with 86 per cent of those who responded supporting the permanent opening of the bus gate.
Surveys were sent out to 5,287 properties in Whiteley, with 4,711 to residents and 576 to businesses.
Cllr Woodward agreed to lower the bollards and an application will now be made to Fareham Borough Council for the permanent opening of the bus gate. He ordered that traffic mitigation measures are put in place on Swanwick Lane and Botley Road.