Car park may get barriers

LOCKABLE barriers could be installed at a Nailsea car park in a bid to keep out vandals. North Somerset Council is looking into the possibility of installing barriers at the entrances to the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park. The barriers would be locke

LOCKABLE barriers could be installed at a Nailsea car park in a bid to keep out vandals.North Somerset Council is looking into the possibility of installing barriers at the entrances to the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park.The barriers would be locked when the centre closes at 10pm.The move follows increasing problems with vandalism at the sports and leisure centre.The North Somerset Times revealed last month how vandals had smashed nine windows over a period of five weeks, costing thousands of pounds to repair.The building has also been daubed with graffiti and the nearby rose garden vandalised.Pensioners living at Laurel Court even wrote to police asking them to move on the teenagers who congregate in the car park until the early hours.Scotch Horn Leisure Centre manager Amanda Burroughs said: "It is getting to the stage where all the damage is proving very costly."We have been suffering for a couple of years with general rubbish and smashed windows."The vandals have also had a good go at the rose garden and we suffer from graffiti fairly regularly."I know the council is now looking at putting up lockable barriers and considering installing more CCTV."North Somerset Council spokesman Nick Yates said: "We are looking at proposals on what to spend some section 106 money which has been allocated to the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre."One of those suggestions is to have a barrier.


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