The Whitchurch Bollards Project Hampshire - a winning idea waiting to happen
The Whitchurch Bollards
Whitchurch is a pleasant small Hampshire town situated in the upper reaches of the River Test. The Town Square was where the right to demonstrate in public was won for the country and was a scene of massive riots in the 19th century.
Whitchurch was once an important coaching town and the White Hart Hotel along with the impressive Town Hall, still dominates the Town Square, as do... a load of bollards.
The Town gained its charter in 1247 and is well-known for its clear chalk waters teeming with trout, its famous working Silk Mill and its historical connections.
Around 4,500 people live in the Town and its surrounds and nowhere is more than a short-ish walk from the centre. But its an important cross roads and with roads comes traffic!
Historically boring bollards have been seen as a way of keeping traffic off pavements, but do they work, do they look attractive, can they serve any useful community function - and can they be FUN?
In 1888 the Star newspaper famously reported:
The Star forgot to report that Whitchurch has Loadsa Bollards!!
Over 40 of them