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Anti-terror barriers approved for West Bridgford sports grounds

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Nottinghamshire County Council has approved plans to install permanent anti-terror barriers at the City Ground and Trent Bridge cricket ground in West Bridgford.

New barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicle-based terror attacks will be installed around Trent Bridge in time for the Cricket World Cup next year.

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They will replace the current, temporary barriers, and are estimated to cost £850,000.

It is hoped they will be in place by the end of May, when Trent Bridge hosts its first game in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, when Pakistan play the West Indies.

The barriers will protect the 17,000 capacity at Trent Bridge cricket ground, and the 30,445 capacity at Nottingham Forrest’s City Ground.

Nottinghamshire County Council, which is responsible for the highways around the stadia, approved the new measures today.

The County Council has been working with the police, cricket club, Nottingham Forest, landowners and highways company Via East Midlands on the proposals.

The safety features will be located on and near pavement areas where large numbers of people are expected. They will be designed to allow easy pedestrian access, the council says.

It comes after Nottingham City Council brought in similar measures near the Victoria Centre and Old Market Square.

Councillor John Handley is the vice-chairman of the committee which approved the measures today, and represents the Greasley and Brinsley ward for the Conservatives.

He said: “Events at these sporting venues generate huge pedestrian traffic and, at times, congestion on the pavements in the surrounding area. International cricket matches can attract up to 17,000 spectators several times a year. And the City Ground sees gates of more than 20,000 for home games.

“The proposed permanent bollards and protective features around Trent Bridge will help with crowd control and serve the same purpose as the temporary barriers which were installed outside the ground in July this year.

“Once installed, the proposed safety features – and the measures implemented by the grounds themselves – will provide a significant boost to pedestrian safety at two of Nottinghamshire’s most iconic places.”

The plan was approved unanimously at a meeting at County Hall today.

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