Anti-terror bollard system deployed in Canterbury city centre

A bollard system designed to protect residents from a terrorist attack will come into force in Canterbury City Centre in late autumn 2020, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

Canterbury City Council decided to install the barriers on the advice of specialist police officers to protect people and business from plots in which a hostile vehicle could be used as a weapon.

The scheme will mean the majority of motorists will be refused access to city centre streets.

Deliveries to residents living in and businesses trading within the pedestrianised zone will only be allowed overnight between 4pm and 10.30am.

Access to the city will only be allowed via the intercom at one of the automated bollards sites. This will apply 24 hours a day.

Chief executive Colin Carmichael said: “There is no specific intelligence that says Canterbury is at immediate risk but we need to take sensible precautions, on expert police advice, to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible.

“This has been a very complex project with all sorts of considerations so there is always a very small chance it will not operate perfectly on day one.

“We will keep an incredibly close eye on things so we can make any tweaks that are needed quickly and efficiently.”

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