Site security will be improved at several open spaces, countryside sites and sports grounds across Colchester.
In July 2021, Colchester Borough Council’s Cabinet allocated funding to enhance the security of open spaces and help prevent unauthorised access that could pose a risk to the biodiversity and accessibility of these important locations.
After completing an audit of 60 sites across the borough, site improvement works are now scheduled at 17 locations to make them more secure. The improvements range from installing new height barriers to upgrading the locks that are currently in use.
Cllr Beverly Oxford, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “Our green spaces, in all shapes and sizes, have become increasingly significant and important to support residents’ physical and mental wellbeing during the Covid pandemic.
“It is important that we keep our green spaces available for people to enjoy, whether for a short walk or to play sport. These 17 sites are the ones that need priority work, and further works will be picked up at other sites throughout the year on a rolling programme of general maintenance.”
The security improvement works have commenced and most will be complete by the end of March 2022:
Tile House Farm
Baden Powell Drive
Cleavland open space
High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre car park & entrance