Daniel Cowan, Labour councillor for St Laurence ward in Southend borough, has secured agreement with senior council members and officers to implement new security measures at Cockethurst Recreation ground off Snakes Lane, Eastwood, which had been the site of an illegal Traveller encampment.
A defensive band has been installed around the perimeter of the parking area next to David Lloyd fitness to prevent vehicles driving across the verge.
Telescopic security bollards are on order so temporary concrete blocks and stones have been placed in front of the gates, including the Whitehouse Road entrance which Cllr Cowan had identified as an overlooked weak point.
The height barrier to the car park has been welded closed until a more suitable replacement barrier with a considerably more secure locking mechanism is found.
Cllr Daniel Cowan said “Successive administrations failed to learn their lessons from previous incursions here so I took personal responsibility to ensure this space is secured properly.
“I’d like to thank the community for their support and patience as I attempted to have this issue deal with and security arranged, council officers for working swiftly, and Cllrs Terry and Mulroney for helping me see this through.
“The security arrangements I demanded on behalf of the community have largely been installed or are now on order. This should secure the site against future illegal encampments and preserve it for public enjoyment.”