A PETITION has been launched calling on the council to remove a set of traffic calming bollards as residents say they are making the residential Poole road more dangerous.

The contentious features are in place in Dale Valley Road, where it is claimed there are regular crashes.

Just last month a vehicle careered into one of the bollards, which are located along the road near St Edward's Roman Catholic/Church of England School.

Resident Danny Windle set up the petition calling on BCP Council to remove the bollards over safety fears.

He said while they were constructed by Borough of Poole several years ago with the intention to reduce speeding, they have caused more problems than they have prevented them.

Mr Windle said: "Before the bollards were constructed, I didn't recall frequent crashes like the ones my family and neighbours hear on a monthly basis now. One time a bollard was crashed into it flew as far as 20 metres into my front garden.

"My family and neighbours fear that a bollard may eventually harm pedestrians or passengers.

"Dale Valley Road is a busy thoroughfare comprising of different kinds of residents and there is a school nearby.

"It is well understood that speeding is an issue on Dale Valley Road, but something needs to be done about the bollards as they are causing more accidents than they are preventing."

Councillor Andy Hadley, BCP Council cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “Since the 20mph zone and additional traffic calming features were introduced in Dale Valley Road, less casualty incidents, and of lower severity have been reported.

"St Edwards School is located on this busy residential route and we would expect motorists to drive within the 20mph limit at all times and show care and respect for other road users, including children and cyclists.

"The traffic calming slows people down, and there are currently no plans to make further changes.

"As always, safety of our residents and all road users is our top priority and we will continue to monitor and review our roads to reduce casualties where viable. ”