Work Starts on Security Measures in Southcote

WORK to install security measures to prevent unauthorised incursions on public land in Southcote is now under way.

A site at Granville Road has been subject to 11 unauthorised incursions this year and measures have been planned in consultation with local residents to ensure they are properly landscaped as well as being effective.

The preventative measures will include a combination of knee high metal rail barriers and natural earth mounds along the boundary of the land.

Fencing is also due to be installed on a smaller piece of public land in Dwyer Road, which has been subject to a number of incursions in recent months.

The works in Southcote are part of a programme of security measures being installed in Reading parks and public spaces.

Measures such as wooden posts, rail fencing and earth mound defences were installed in Prospect Park late last year.

Work was also carried out to protect Coley Recreation Ground and Courage Park, in Coley, earlier this year.

Councillor Liz Terry, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, said:

“The security measures being installed in Granville Road have been designed to prevent further incursions while at the same time being complementary to the surroundings.

“We have listened to residents’ concerns and this year put in place a budget of £100,000, of which we have so far committed £52,000, to prevent further incursions and protect Reading’s parks and public land.”

David Millward

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