A 12-month trial scheme to close several of the entrances to the Dane John Gardens at night begins today (Wednesday 17 July).
The initiative aims to reduce the amount of anti-social behaviour that occurs in the park overnight, following concerns raised by the St Mildred’s Area Community Society.
The city council has installed new gates at five of the eight entrances, which will be closed between 10pm and 4am every night. These are:
- Watling Street
- Adjacent to 7 Dane John
- Watling Street car park
- Opposite the junction of St Mary’s Street and Marlowe Avenue
- Adjacent to 16 Dane John
As the paths through the Dane John are officially classified as public highway, the closure is being run as an experimental traffic regulation order.
This means the first six months of the trial are the official consultation period, and the council is very keen to hear the views of residents in the Dane John and anyone else who may be affected by the closure.
More information is available at www.canterbury.gov.uk/consultations. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent in writing to Transportation, Canterbury City Council, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YW. The deadline is 17 January 2020 and responses received will be reported to councillors later in 2020.
Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “Closing some entrances to the Dane John at night could help to reduce anti-social behaviour in the park, but in order to find out if this really is the case, we need to get on and actually do it. “I would encourage everyone who is affected by this to let us know what they think. The public’s view will be vital when we come to decide whether the closure will be made permanent at the end of the trial.”