A DAMAGED crash barrier that has been left broken for nearly a year has been labelled a ‘dangerous eyesore’ by villagers.
The metal barrier that separates the pavement from the road to protect pedestrians and houses along Titchfield Road, in Stubbington, was hit by a car and broken more than 10 months ago.
The barrier falls under Hampshire County Council’s responsibilities and county councillor Chris Wood is calling on the authority to fix the barrier before someone gets hurt.
He said: ‘It has been broken for 10 months now and it is clearly supposed to be there to protect the public on the pavement from cars, vans and lorries going past.
‘It is one of the busiest roads in Stubbington and absolutely nothing is being done about it.
‘It is really frustrating for me and the residents concerned.’
The council has temporarily fixed the barrier with plastic hoardings while specialist parts are being made.
Resident Jim Forrest, of Hill Head Road, said that he was concerned for the safety of pedestrians in case an accident happened.
He said: ‘It has been a long time since it happened and it makes it a lot more dangerous as the plastic barriers would not hold back any runaway vehicles like the metal ones would.
‘Pedestrians are at a lower level there and if an accident occurred along there then it could be very serious indeed.’
Executive member for transport, Councillor Sean Woodward, said he was aware of the damage and that repairs had been delayed due to problems tailor-making a correct piece to fit the barrier.
He said that he would be ordering officers to look again at options for the road, potentially removing the barriers and completely replacing them.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘It got broken by doing its job – but the parts are on back order as they need to be specially fabricated to match the rest.
‘I am thinking of requesting officers to get rid of it all and replace it.
‘It has been broken for 10 months now and I agree, it is an eyesore.’
Cllr Wood said he would be lobbying the council to act quickly.
He added: ‘It is unsightly and unsafe. It is supposed to be there as a safety measure for people walking past.
‘It is not good enough.’