Queen Mother’s statue is damaged in Prince Charles village Poundbury when school run mother ploughs her Peugeot into monument bollard
A woman on the school run ploughed into the side of the monument that stands in the middle of Queen Mother Square in Poundbury, Dorset.
Her silver Peugeot 308 knocked over one of the four bollards at the base of the concrete plinth the 10ft bronze statue stands on.
Die vrou, aged in her 40s, and her young daughter were left badly shaken up following the accident yesterday morning.
A woman on the school run ploughed into the side of the monument that stands in the middle of Queen Mother Square in Poundbury, Dorset, knocking over one of the four bollards (op die foto) in die proses
Queen Mother Square has no road markings, traffic lights or kerbs and is a ‘shared space’ between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Motorists have previously described the layout as a ‘dangerous minefield’ that is confusing to road users.
They have queried whether the statue in the middle is a roundabout or not, leading to a ‘free for all’ for drivers approaching it.
Witnesses said the woman driver may have been blinded by the low sun before she went into the monument.
Haar dogter, who was in her school uniform, was left in tears after the impact and the pair were taken away in an ambulance.
Designed by artist Philip Jackson, the monument is a replica of the statue of the Queen Mother already in place in the Mall in London
A manager of a local business, who saw the accident but wished to remain anonymous, gesê: ‘The woman crashed into one of the concrete bollards, knocking it clean off.
‘The right hand side of the car went up and over the fixing and the back tyre was up in the air – it was just balancing on it.
‘After about 10 minutes the ambulance arrived and they were taken away. They were in complete shock.’
Glanville Williams, a local resident, said it was an ‘accident waiting to happen’ because of the lack of road signs surrounding the statue.
Juliet Gilbert-Rolf also posted on social media: ‘I saw the statue as I was driving around it aimlessly, getting more and more frustrated at the lack of road signs. More to the point, it seemed everyone else was doing the same. It’s an awful place.’
The statue of the Queen Mother is found in Prince Charles’ village of Poundbury (op die foto), in Dorset
Jon Richard-Schofield said the statue regularly caused traffic ‘carnage.’
Hy het gesê: ‘Near misses happen on a minute by minute basis and the crossing points are just as confusing – most don’t use them, and those that do walk out with no consideration for drivers on what’s already a very confusing layout.
‘Whole section of road, crossings, and junctions need a major rethink. It’s quite entertaining at times watching the carnage unfold around it – until avoidable incidents do unfortunately happen.’
Prince Charles was very close to his grandmother, who died in her sleep aged 101 in 2002.
Designed by artist Philip Jackson, the monument is a replica of the statue of the Queen Mother already in place in the Mall in London.
The square in Poundbury is the only area in the eco-friendly village to be named after a member of the Royal family and commemorates the loving relationship between grandmother and grandson.