New measures will be introduced to protect Chester’s Grosvenor Park from acts of anti-social behaviour following its refurbishment.
This follows concerns expressed by residents who live around the park.
Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, recently met people from neighbouring properties to discuss problems including late night drinking and noise which have also impacted on the adjacent St John’s Church in the past.
Cllr Jones said: “Grosvenor Park is one of our city’s real gems and at the moment we are investing over £3m on it.
“We need to protect it and help the residents nearby. I will personally keep this matter under review and revisit it over the summer.
“The restoration work in the park is almost complete and I urge everyone to come and have a look and you will see why it’s an asset worth protecting.”
A security firm will now lock the gates at 9pm every day.
Prior to locking the gate the security company will check everyone has left. If park users refuse to leave the police will be called.
During the summer, two police officers will be present every afternoon and evening in The Groves and Grosvenor Park area. This operation is aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour.
A newly-appointed Grosvenor Park co-ordination officer will oversee these changes.
Tory candidate Kate Vaughan, who is standing in the council by-election for Boughton ward, said: “Local residents made an articulate case and I am delighted the council has come up with a solution quickly.”