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Protecting our Green Spaces

Published on Friday, 8th February 2019

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Work begins next week to protect our parks from unauthorised access

The Borough Council will be undertaking various landscape works to try and deter unauthorised access at both Arley and Mancetter Recreation Grounds. This is in response to the travellers who accessed both Recreation Grounds last year and also in previous years.  During the latest incursions, there was some disruption to services, as well as waste and rubbish left at both sites. 

Works will comprise a combination of ditch and mound formation, installation of steel knee railing, timber fencing, bollards and height restriction barriers with gates. 

The appointed contractor is RMF Landscaping Limited, who hope to be starting the works on site at Mancetter Recreation Ground on 18th February. Weather permitting, the works will take a few weeks and complete at Mancetter in early March 2019.

Cllr Margaret Bell, Spokesperson for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure, said, “ Im pleased that these works are under way next week, the short period of disruption will hopefully ensure that the open spaces at Arley and Mancetter are kept available for the local communities to use freely and safely at all times. These deterrents should also prevent the council spending money on repairs and clean ups, problems that we have encountered in these areas in the past.

The construction works are highly likely to cause some disruption and when complete will still appear to be unfinished, with soil being exposed until the grass has had time to establish. Both sites will remain publicly accessible during the works.

More information is avaliable on our Protecting our Green Spaces page.