The decision by Gateshead Council to remove the grey bollards placed in the River Tyne next to the Gateshead Millenium Bridge has been welcomed by a leading Liberal Democrat Councillor.
The bollards were originally installed as a requirement for the bridge to be built to protect it from collisions. But many people believe they are unnecessary and detract from the iconic design.
The final decision to remove the bollards was taken at the Gateshead Council meeting held on 10th December.
“The bollards are no longer needed to protect the bridge,” said Councillor Frank Hindle, who also hopes to become Gateshead’s new MP in the New Year.
“The Quays area is a major attraction for tourists and we are very keen that people come here and spend their money in the local economy.
“The bollards are unsightly and make the river at this point look more like motorway roadworks!
“Their removal will boost the appeal of the bridge and help bring more visitors to the area. The cost of removing them will be less than the long term cost of maintaining them.”