Is £600,000 for “rusty” Bourges Boulevard barrier a good deal?


The barrier, which runs along Bourges Boulevard, near to the entrance to the Train Station, has certainly caused a range of comments whenever I’ve spoken about it on-line and in 2015, after recently being installed, it was even hit by vandals.

Some residents then asked me to find out how much it has actually cost, so I did.
At a meeting of Full Council, I stood up and explained that I’d had several queries relating to the so called “art work”, that runs along the central reservation of the Bourges Boulevard, that appeared following the £4.5 million improvement scheme the other year.

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Tory Councillor, Peter Hiller responded:

“I suggest the cost of the safety barrier needs to be looked at in the context of the whole scheme.

“The total cost of this project was £4.5 million of which £2.1 million was government funded and £0.6million was a contribution secured from the rather splendid Waitrose development alongside; approved, he might remember, by the cross party Planning Committee.

“The remaining £1.8 was from the Council, agreed by Members as an integral element of the budget at that time.

“The estimated cost to plant trees directly into the central reservation without the use of planters and the erection of standard specification, somewhat utilitarian, railings was originally priced at about £720,000 whereas the use of planters and bespoke railings now installed cost well under £600,000.

“Quite a saving, I’m sure you’ll agree.”

So ……. do you agree with the Tory councillor? Or do you have another view? Either way, please let us know below!

Some local people have been very surprised at how much it cost!

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Darren Fower

Elected as City Councillor for the Gunthorpe area, in 2004. Hold the record for 2nd youngest councillor in Peterborough's history. Governor at Gunthorpe Primary School.

2 thoughts on “Is £600,000 for “rusty” Bourges Boulevard barrier a good deal?”

  1. wow what a bunch of self deluded morons that believe they’ve created a vision……… eyesore yes ! followed by narrowing of the main city road, look at the 2 photos as time emerges so does traffic flow, extending a massive footpath and adding even more traffic lights at a roundabout creating more traffic, the question is how much did they benefit themselves as it certainly not impressed the people nor the spendthrift money, to which all they’ll do is increase revenue on bills for us they should be held accountable for tax payers money ………. its official after 56 years in this city ITS A DUMP ! the 70/80s were the best here , but again only my view and will fall upon deaf ears !

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