Community leaders have expressed fresh concerns over the design of the controversial new bollards at Marlow Bridge.

Members of the Marlow Community Forum wrote to county councillor Alex Collingwood saying they felt “no consideration” was given to the siting of the bollards “despite having a lengthy consultation”.

The email, seen by the Marlow Free Press and written by community forum chairman Rod Braybrooke, said: “I have been asked by the Marlow Forum to express their concern over the siting and design of the bollards that were installed recently on the bridge.

“It is felt that no consideration was given to the siting of these despite having a lengthy consultation.

“Can you confirm to the forum via myself what actions BCC [Bucks County Council] is proposing to rectify the situation.”

In reply, Cllr Collingwood wrote: “I am sorry you feel that no consideration was given to the siting of the bollards.

“We carried out extensive consultation and the feedback from the public was they wanted underweight cars to be able to travel freely and while stopping overweight vehicles.

“I will come back to you as soon as I have more information.”

It comes after larger, more “robust” bollards were installed at the iconic bridge last year in a bid to prevent a repeat of scenes from 2016, when a lorry driver ignored the three-tonne weight limit and drove over it, forcing it to close for two months.

The new bollards were proposed by Bucks County Council as a trial to see if vehicles like Luton vans and 7.5 tonne lorries could be prevented from using the bridge as a shortcut to the A404 Marlow Bypass.

But residents and businesses criticised the bollards – which the Marlow Free Press revealed taxpayers forked out £110,000 for.

Now, even bigger bollards could be in the pipeline to protect the bridge according to Cllr Collingwood, who said last month that the county council was considering a new design.

He said at the time: “The bollards are stopping the big, big lorries but what they are not doing is stopping the 7.5 tonnes and that was why they were put in in the first place.”