This is one, or shall we say the latest, attempt at designing a gateway that will allow “nice” people into the park, and prevent “undesirables” from gaining access. We have had several versions of gates to allow horse riders in, all of which it seems deterred the horses and had no effect on scrambler bikes. You don’t say!!!! Now I may be a bit thick, but the horses I’ve seen are a darn sight bigger than scrambler bikes. And if you are fit enough to ride a bicycle or a scrambler bike, it’s quite likely you are fit enough to lift it over this new “barrier”. Besides which there are numerous other places where there is free unobstructed access to the park.
The Parks Police, initiated by former council Leader Laurence Davies and headed up by former borough commander John Boylin, have now pretty much got the scrambler bike problem under control. So, the question is – do we really need to keep
wasting spending tax payer's money on trying to prevent a problem that is already under control, in a way that is just not going to work short of building a bloody great wall with manned check-points. It’s a nice colour though, don’t you think?