This council’s new bollards look like small children and they’re as creepy as that sounds

The council in Iver, a parish in Buckinghamshire, has caused a bit of stir after sharing pictures of its new traffic bollards that are painted to look like children.

The life-sized statues have been placed outside schools in the parish in an attempt to slow down drivers.

But residents online have started pointing out what disturbing additions “Billy and Belinda” make to their local area, staring out from the edge of pavements unblinking, all day and night.

The Belinda driver speed awareness bollard
Belinda is meant to slow down drivers (Ivers Parish Council/PA)

“They look awful,” said one resident, who wrote that the new bollards would probably be knocked down or vandalised.

Several comments also called the bollards “creepy”.

“Saw them today,” said one local, “but they looked a bit creepy to me, just standing around looking.”

Billy the bollard
His eyes seem to follow you down the street (Ivers Parish Council/PA)

In a Facebook post accompanying the pictures, the council said: “The best option due to width restriction was to install the bollards which have had success in driver speed awareness across the country.”

But one dismayed resident thought they would have the opposite effect.

“If I was a driver they would scare me into crashing, super creepy,” he wrote, under the council’s pictures of the new additions.

This isn’t the first time this bizarre brand of bollards have appeared on Britain’s streets – they were also spotted outside a school in Maidenhead last year.

A man walks past a life-sized child shaped bollard
Similar bollards line the pavement near a school in Maidenhead (Jonathan Brady/PA)

But there’s no going back on the new “eyesore”, as one local resident put it.

In response to comments online, the council said 11 statues have already been purchased, and of those, eight have been installed and one replacement is in storage.

It looks like Billy and Belinda are here to stay.

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