MOTORISTS are being locked out of a park in East Shields to ensure the safety of users.
Coun George Elsom says drivers have been taking no notice of ‘No Entry’ signs in Cleadon Recreational Park in Quarry Lane and driving over bollards which can be lowered or raised to block entry.
He claims people have regularly been driving along the pathway around the old tennis courts and bowlers’ club house – especially on match days as footballers use the premises to get changed.
Coun Elsom, the Cleadon Park ward’s Independent representative, said: “There’s been a number of times that cars have just basically driven over the grass, churned it up and made a right mess.
“It’s not just about the mud, it’s also about the safety of people using the park. They shouldn’t have to worry about the possibility of traffic.
“There’s been a few incidents recently when people have been out walking their dogs and cars have just appeared.”
Padlocks on the bollards have now been renewed.
Coun Elsom says that a key will be given to one bowler with mobility problems, so he can drive up to the clubhouse, but everyone else will be barred.
He added: “I hope that this will make it much safer for park users.
“I have an assurance that if the padlocks are broken, that they will be replaced quickly.”