Councillors fear great barrier grief
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.
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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.
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"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.