New gate gives wrong message to residents fearing development
DEVELOPERS have not done any deals with council bosses over a piece of land in Cheltenham.
Residents living near the land off Albemarle Gate had feared selling off the land was a done deal after a new gate was put up at the site.
But chiefs at Cheltenham Borough Council insist the new gate has nothing to do with the future of the land. The authority continues to consider the future of the space, which was once part of Cheltenham's Pittville Park.
It is due to be put under scrutiny by members of the assets management committee in November. But the appearance of a new metal gate, replacing an old wooden one, has raised concerns among residents living close by.
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Councillor Dave Prince (PAB, Pittville and Prestbury) said: "There was supposed to be a meeting of the assets committee to discuss this land this week," he said.
"But this has been postponed until November at the request of the chairman as he feels there needs to be the whole committee present to consider this matter.
"In the meantime, somebody at the council has decided to buy a five-bar metal gate and erect it at the site to stop people getting in. The previous gate was always adequate to keep people out.
"But this is now giving people some concern as they think the future of the land is done and dusted. I know it has not, but this is sending out the wrong message to residents."
David Roberts, head of property and asset management at the borough council, said the gate had been put up after the previous one had been deemed dangerous.
He added that no decision had been made about what would happen with the site.
"The new gate replaces the old wooden gate which was in a very poor condition and could have been dangerous to members of the public," he added.
"The new metal gate is safer and offers greater security as it can be locked.