New entry barrier for St Mary’s Car Park

PUBLISHED: 20 June 2024

St Mary's Car Park, located on Balkerne Hill, is set to undergo improvements aimed at increasing safety and security for its users.

Thanks to recent Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) funding, a new automated roller barrier will be installed at the entrance to assist in addressing late night vehicle-based antisocial behaviour. Enhanced CCTV coverage will improve surveillance throughout the car park.

Works are scheduled to begin in the week commencing 24 June, with a partial closure of the entire car park necessary on the morning of 26 June.

In addition to physical improvements, the grant funding also allows Colchester City Council and Essex Police to regularly deploy active patrols to the car park to further ensure a safe environment for visitors and residents. The council’s security patrols will have the authority to record evidence, check number plates, and issue fines.

Cllr David King, Leader of the Council, said: “We know that tackling antisocial behaviour is a priority for our residents. Nearby residents have had to endure far too much bad behaviour, interrupting sleep and peace of mind, over many months. I am pleased to say that our security responses have reduced these antisocial behaviour incidents.

“These latest measures, including the barrier and multi-agency joint patrols, should continue that trend. Our priority, here as elsewhere across the city centre, is to make sure Colchester is a safe and welcoming place to live, work and visit for all.

A Public Space Protection Order also exists in this area that bans certain antisocial behaviours and makes it possible to issue fines. These measures will help prevent some of the activities seen in recent years, or to evidence the fines or prosecutions resulting if incidents occur.

If you experience any antisocial behaviour, you can report it online here or contact the Police on 999 for emergencies, or 101 for non-emergencies.

Page last reviewed: 20 June 2024


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