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Park barrier backlash

Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:03:14

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A plea from villagers to have a new height barrier restricting access to a park left open has been overruled by parish councillors.

The barrier, bearing a striking poppy design, has been installed over the gates to The Meadows by Alvechurch Parish Council.

It means the gates will not have to be locked for weeks on end when there is a fear of a traveller incursion.

While this will resolve complaints from people who couldn’t drive to the park when the gates were locked, the residents of Meadow Lane are now complaining that delivery vans are having to reverse back down the lane when they can’t turn round in the car park.

One resident attended the parish council meeting and told councillors: “All day long delivery vans are coming down the lane. It really is a nightmare.

“We would just like to see it opened when there isn’t a threat of travellers.”

But parish councillors voted by 6-4 against opening the new barrier for a trial period over the winter.

The council did, however, agree to look into the cost of installing a sign at the entry to Meadow Lane warning drivers of high vans of the restriction and to invite residents to “discuss a way forward”.

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