Councillors fear great barrier grief

PUBLISHED: 13:10 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:50 12 May 2010

THE installation of a barrier at the car park at the Seth Ward Community Centre has been criticised by Buntingford Town Council. Police are keen for a barrier in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour, and because they cannot patrol the area constantly. Bu

THE installation of a barrier at the car park at the Seth Ward Community Centre has been criticised by Buntingford Town Council.

Police are keen for a barrier in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour, and because they cannot patrol the area constantly.

But the cost to the town council would be £1,500.

At a council meeting on Thursday, members said a barrier would cause more problems.

Councillor Pat Whittaker said: "It may increase parking in Luynes Rise, but motorcyclists will get into the car park, barrier or no barrier."

And Councillor Ron Bray also believed parking would be an issue.

"It could cause problems if people leave their cars in the car park on a Friday night," he said.

Councillor Jean Cook said: "It could be a problem trying to find someone to lock and unlock it.

"It would be another burden so I'm not sure if it would be the right thing."

Councillor Stan Bull said: "Police need to patrol more regularly to stop the problem."

Cllr Whittaker added that he believed people were not getting value for money from the police.

He estimated that £250,000-a-year came from Buntingford in council tax to cover policing.


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