Residents living near Prestwick Meadows north are demanding Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) put an access point to the Meadows on Ashridge Drive that will allow residents direct access to Burnley Close and Prestwick Road.
A broken fence has been used as a makeshift access point to the Meadows for the past 10 years’. TRDC has replaced the broken fence a number of times – at least three times this year at a cost to council tax payers of £300-500 each time.
Over 120 residents have signed a petition launched by Labour Councillor Paul Gordon. Christopher Thompson an Ashridge Drive resident said “something needs to be done about this. Either a pathway needs to be put in or a metal fence erected to restrict access. Proper lighting is also required to scare off fly-tippers and stop anti-social behaviour.”
Deborah Tunnicliffe a Burnley Close resident said “I have lived here for over 25 years. There has been a path from Burnley Close through the Meadows to Prestwick Road for years; creating an ‘official’ exit onto Ashridge Drive is well overdue.
““It makes absolute sense to put an access point to the Meadows at this point. At my request, TRDC have already removed drug taking paraphernalia and rubbish from this part of the Meadows. A proper access way will encourage residents to use the Meadows and reduce drug taking and anti-social behaviour. To continue to replace the fence is a clear waste of council tax payers’ money and must be stopped.”