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A popular rat run from Windmill Street through to Parrock Street has been made harder for drivers by Gravesham council

21 December 2013
by Thom Morris

A popular rat run from Windmill Street through to Parrock Street has been made harder for drivers by Gravesham council.

Motorists regularly turned off Windmill Street, down North Street, across the Lord Street car park, and out into Parrock Street to avoid the one way system.

The car park entrance has been blocked by these bollards

But brightly coloured ‘lego bricks’ have appeared in the car park entrance in a bid to slow down drivers.

A Gravesham council spokesman said the authority had received complaints about dangerous driving across the car park and had installed the bollards to try to slow traffic down.

Some tried to move the bollards which were later reinforced with metal struts.

The changes caused an outpouring of anger on our Facebook page.

Wendy Hayes said: “It’s very annoying if you normally park on the far side.

“Now you have to do a full circuit, past the disabled bays and the entrance and exit on the Parrock Street side.”

Aimee Jayne Wingfield said: “It’s just going to increase the already far-too congested one way system, increasing waiting times and making getting around town far more problematic.”

But while many are against the idea, some people approve of the changes.

The Parrock Street car park

Helen Matthews said: “People use it as a cut through even on boot fair days which is extremely dangerous as it’s full of people. I for one think its a great idea. It’s a car park, not a short cut.”

Ellie Whittaker said: “I do use it as a cut through but the bollards don’t prevent this, just take a detour around the car park following the road the bollards have created.

“They help slow cars down so I’m not sure why people are moaning.

“A minute extra on your journey to help make the area safer isn’t a lot to sacrifice.”

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