Work to St Andrew's Park entrances to improve safety

February 01 2013
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Work is due to start on entrances to a local park amid concerns about health and safety for visitors.

Work to St Andrew's Park entrances to improve safety

Work is due to start on entrances to a local park amid concerns about health and safety for visitors. St Andrew's Park

Friends of St Andrew’s Park are the committee behind calls for the improvements. The group is made up of local residents, holding regular meetings to discuss any issues or debates that may arise about the park.

One of the ongoing debates within the committee is about health and safety issues regarding the entrances on Effingham Road and Leopold Road. There have been anecdotal reports of near-misses on the roads, where some on bikes and scooters have overshot the entrance and ended up in the road.

Paul Bullivant, 65, a member of the Friends committee, said: “The issue of the lack of gates on the bottom entrance to the park has been a concern for some time. We are worried about the safety of the public and particularly children who come down the main path at high speed on bikes and scooters.”

Finance has become available though a Section 106 agreement, whereby the developer of the new flats on Pigsty Hill has provided a financial contribution to the provision. Funding is also coming from the council's £3.5 million Capital Stimulus fund for parks.

Bristol City Council has made proposals to the committee for a hooped steel chicane barrier to be installed at the entrance at Leopold Road.

There will also be “bow top” fences and a pair of self-closing gates along the edges of the tarmac area near the park depot.

Concerns were raised by the committee that the proposed gate for the main entrance at Effingham Road would not fit with the history of the park. However, the committee has decided that in time a hedge could be planted to soften the visual impact.

With all the work that is to be carried out, the committee is positive that this will end their concerns about the safety of visitors, especially young children.
All work was due to start before the end of January 2013.

For more information on Friends of St Andrew’s Park and the proposed design for the park, visit http://friendsofstandrewspark.ning.com.