Consultation starts on barrier plan for Abbey Park
Residents and users of Abbey Park in Pershore are being asked for their views on the design of a new barrier to protect the park from illegal encampments.
A three week consultation has been launched on the final design to confirm there is enough public support for the proposal before work is carried out, as it will alter the look and feel of the park.
The design uses a mixture of knee height rails and boulders to create a physical barrier around the park, while still allowing easy access for people through entry points.
Other options considered included creating bunds, ditches and a full line of boulders to create a barrier around the park. These have been ruled out because it was felt they would not be as effective as other measures and would have a significant impact on the character of the park.
It is hoped the barrier will prevent a repeat of recent events, which have seen travellers illegally occupy the land for several days on two separate occasions.
This led to numerous complaints from residents and businesses about anti-social behaviour and calls for the council to take action to protect the land.
Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: "I urge residents in Pershore and users of Abbey Park to get involved in the consultation. The changes we have to make to the park to protect it from unauthorised encampments will alter its look and feel and it's important we know there is public support for this course of action.
"As well as the barrier, we are also looking at legal deterrents. We're aware there have been authorised encampments elsewhere in the district recently on our land and we are looking at the vulnerability of those sites and what additional security measures, if any, can be put in place."
Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/parks to take part in the consultation. The deadline for responses is 11pm on Sunday, 12 September 2021.