11:55AM, Thursday 25 February 2016
Pressure from a petition has resulted in the Crown Estate postponing a decision to close a pedestrian entrance gate in Windsor Great Park.
A notice of the planned closure was posted on the A30/Wick Road entrance last week.
A petition, which appeals for the Crown Estate to keep the entrance on the east side of the park, was started on Saturday.
The petition states: “Both alternative entrances are a considerable distance either along a main road or a dangerous country road with no pavement.”
A spokesman for the Crown Estate said the decision to permanently close the gate was due to ‘anti-social behaviour in this isolated area’ and an increase in litter and dog waste.
The gate was scheduled to close on March 1 but feedback from the public was ‘noted’ and the decision to close the gate has been deferred to allow consultation with residents.
Nick Day, head of operations at Windsor Great Park, said: “Having planned to close the gates as a way to prevent unsustainable levels of anti-social behaviour, litter and dog waste, we have agreed to defer the closure to allow time to for us to explore the issue in more detail with the local community.
“It will be good to understand local residents’ views on solutions to these problems and we will be in touch with all those who have contacted us.”
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