Westgate gate saga finally swings shut

Councillors David Kerr,(left) and David Smith (right) with Westcliffe Caravan site residents, John Priestman and Dave Hodges on the ginnel in between Westgate and Westcliffe Caravan Parks, which has now been fitted with a gate.

Councillors David Kerr,(left) and David Smith (right) with Westcliffe Caravan site residents, John Priestman and Dave Hodges on the ginnel in between Westgate and Westcliffe Caravan Parks, which has now been fitted with a gate.

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They call it Footpath 23 – and it was the bane of Westgate residents’ lives for over a decade until the community joined forces.

But now a troublesome alleyway between two caravan sites has been sealed forever after a campaign lasting 12 years.

Footpath 23, the ginnel between Westgate Caravan Park and Westcliffe Drive caravan park, was used by youths to invade the parks and cause bother.

But the park owners hope a newly-installed eight foot-high gate will put paid to the anti-social antics. “We have incidents all the time, although it’s the nature of the beast on a caravan park,” said Ian Makinson of Westgate Caravan Park.

“The council, police, myself and a park home owner at Westcliffe had meetings about it. We’ve got the gate and touch wood we’re not too bad now.”

Westgate city councillor David Kerr said: “Children had been running down there and throwing bricks through caravan windows at one or two in the morning.

“There’s elderly people living there of 80 and 90 years old so it’s great that after nearly 12 years, we’ve finally got it gated.”

The gate was erected after an official ‘gating order’ was served and the parks split the cost.

Coun Kerr thanked everyone who was part of the campaign, including fellow councillors David Smith and Eileen Blamire.

A spokesman for Lancaster City Council said: “The gate was erected as a result of a referral to the Community Safety Partnership.

“The partnership includes, amongst others, the city council, county council and police.

“The action was taken to address reports of anti-social behaviour in the area and to reduce the fear of crime being experienced by nearby residents, many of whom are elderly people and in many cases vulnerable.”