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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Pictures: Extra security staff monitor Bridgfield and Bridgford Park today

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After today’s announcement by Rushcliffe Borough Council, security patrols and access measures are in place in the town’s open spaces.

As temperatures reached over 30 degrees C this afternoon many people arrived in the parks to enjoy the nice weather.

Several security officers are at the site, and the only entrance / exit is the main double gate on Bridgford Road.

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One of the small gates on the walkway from Bridgford Road adjacent to the car park

The smaller side gates around Bridgfield are all cordoned across and signed as locked.

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A security van arrives at the site today 25 June

On Monday (June 22) it was announced the parks will have earlier evening closing times to alleviate the issues.

The sites will continue to be closed from 7pm at Bridgfield and 9pm at the Bridgford Park, instead of 9.30pm each evening, until further notice.

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Extra security fencing was also installed around their entrances and perimeters to prevent unauthorised access when closed and access to Bridgfield is  through a single controlled access point.

The number of park users is now monitored so the areas can still be used safely in conjunction with government advice and all park users will be requested to leave the areas at the stated closing times.

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Park users and town centre visitors have been advised to approach officials or call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 should they need to raise any concerns.

Leader of the Council Cllr Simon Robinson said: “Further security is now in place in addition to the measures we announced at the parks earlier this week to ensure it can continue to be a place for all to enjoy.

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“We know the overriding majority of park users enjoy the areas responsibly and we thank them for taking pride in their local area by always binning their rubbish or taking it home.

“Park users’ and local residents’ safety is exceptionally important to us and the scenes of recent weeks where a minority have left high volumes of litter and reports of anti-social behaviour have been received is totally unacceptable.

“This mirrors an unfortunate picture nationally but we will do all we can to protect those who use and enjoy our parks and adjoining neighbourhoods.”

Extra temporary yellow event bins and toilets will remain in place and Streetwise teams will continue their regular clearance of bins across the park and town centre.

Outlets in the town that are currently licensed to serve off-sales food and drink continue to display signage at their premises reminding customers to follow the PSPO guidelines.

The Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing teams and Police are continuing unannounced high-profile visits to all licensed premises in the town to further check arrangements in line with their current licences.”

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