Barriers revised at Cranbrook railway station car park

PUBLISHED: 10:42 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:49 11 January 2018

The revised barrier arrangements at Cranbrook railway station. Picture: Paul Strange.

The revised barrier arrangements at Cranbrook railway station. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Cranbrook railway station car park has had its narrow barriers revised.

The revised barrier arrangements at Cranbrook railway station. Picture: Paul Strange. The revised barrier arrangements at Cranbrook railway station. Picture: Paul Strange.

Width-restricting hoops at the main entrance have been removed, the barrier height has been lowered, and new hoops installed around the car park’s perimeter.

The revision follows feedback from local residents and the town council.

The barrier saga – which so far has cost Devon County Council (DCC) around £10,000 – began last summer after travellers set up unauthorised encampments.

Temporary barriers were introduced as a deterrent but were replaced by narrow permanent barriers, which have now been modified.

The revised barrier arrangements at Cranbrook railway station. Picture: Paul Strange. The revised barrier arrangements at Cranbrook railway station. Picture: Paul Strange.

A DCC spokesman said that the width-restricting barriers on the entrance/exits to the car park had been re-used around the perimeter of the smaller car park along with some additional hoops to ‘restrict vehicles from attempting to access the car parks from the kerbside’.

He also said that the height barriers had been lowered to prevent caravans from being able to access the car park.

“These measures should secure the site from future attempts to occupy the site and should provide a more cost-effective way of managing the site, taking into account the associated legal/clean-up costs associated with illegal encampments.”

The revised barrier arrangements at Cranbrook railway station. Picture: Paul Strange. The revised barrier arrangements at Cranbrook railway station. Picture: Paul Strange.

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