What a load of bollards! Staff exonerated after being filmed ‘vandalising’ street furniture

first_imgEstate agents at a branch of sales and lettings agency Martin & Co in central Birmingham have been caught on camera ripping up cycle lane bollards and their actions posted on Twitter, where they went viral yesterday as cycling activists harrumphed online about the ‘vandalism’.The videos (watch them here) do appear damning as three different members of staff attempt to extricate a company car from behind several cycle lane bendy bollards or ‘wands’ as they are known.After much to-ing and fro-ing including (see above) some paint scratching, one of the team rips one of the bollards out of the ground.This might seem like fairly standard for any city centre business battling parking restrictions and new cycle lanes, but the video was then posted online by a cycling website and distributed via social media.The three videos then attracted over 20,000 views and hundreds of comments as both the website and Twitter commentators accused the agency staff, and other people in the area, of deliberately parking in a cycle lane.But the whole episode is proof of how social media can get it horribly wrong.“Martin & Co Birmingham can confirm that it has spoken with a representative of the council in regard to the new cycle lane and bollards/wands that were installed on Carver Street yesterday afternoon, whilst cars were parked there, without any prior notice being given to surrounding businesses,” a company spokesperson told The Negotiator.It understood the council has apologised for the inconvenience to the estate agents. Those on Twitter may now have to follow suit.Read more about Martin & Co.cycle bollards estate agent Martin & Co September 18, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » What a load of bollards! Staff exonerated after being filmed ‘vandalising’ street furniture previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhat a load of bollards! Staff exonerated after being filmed ‘vandalising’ street furnitureFootage of agents damaging cycle lane goes viral as cycling activists get hot and bothered online.Nigel Lewis18th September 202002,414 Viewslast_img read more