Trent Bridge Safety Barriers Here To Stay?

Barriers which were put in place on Trent Bridge to improve safety during the busy cricket season could be installed for the longer-term.

They were initially installed ahead of the cricket season a few weeks ago temporarily – and were planned to be in place until the end of July.

Nottingham City Council says it is monitoring how effective they are – and is considering putting “longer-term arrangements” in place.

Businesses and shoppers in West Bridgford gave mixed-views on the safety barriers.

Fergus Hunter-Spokes, owner of Crumbs Sandwich Bar said: “I didn’t know it was going to happen and I still don’t know what’s going on.

“I think they look very temporary, so if they are going to be a more permanent solution it should look more permanent and should be more aesthetically pleasing.”

But Jake Carruthers, of Long Eaton and owner Arkwright Dry Cleaners, said they were a “good idea”.

The 26-year-old said: “It’s such a popular place, especially with the Forest games and the cricket.

The barriers have been in place around Trent Bridge for several weeks
The barriers have been in place around Trent Bridge for several weeks

“They might not look very pretty but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I do think the threats are real here, one hundred percent, and it’s becoming more and more real as the months go by.”

Notts Police Football tweeted before the first Forest match of the season that the barriers were “there to keep you safe”

Ed Sullivan 48, of The Meadows added: “It’s the 21st century and I can see why they have done it.

“There’s probably not a big chance of a terror attack happening, but I do know that the football fans when they are out of the City Ground, they are all over the lanes.

“I’d say it was more to do with stopping people’s fears than providing a high-risk solution.”

Nottingham City Council said it was responsible for Trent Bridge – and installed the barriers on “national police advice”.

They said: “We allowed them [the national police] to install the temporary barriers that are currently in place.

“We haven’t given permission for those barriers to remain in place permanently, but we are monitoring how they are working and are considering longer-term arrangements.”

Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story – Original Story


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