A NETWORK of paths and walkways on Bulwell’s Crabtree Estate is being used by young people involved in drug activity to escape from police on bikes and motorbikes.
This was reported at a meeting of Nottingham City Council’s Area Committee for the Bulwell and Bulwell Forest wards.
Members were told that the paths - on Courtleet Way and Willow Hill Close -are also popular with ‘joyriders’ on motorcycles.
At a cost of £4,200, the council is planning to put up bow-top gates to slow the culprits down and stop them congregating there.
A local resident who did not want to be identified said: “Anything that helps to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour up here is to be welcomed.”
The city council’s tenancy and estates manager, Nicky Jarvis, said the proposal was part of a programme of environmental improvements earmarked for the Bulwell area.
People living on the Sandhurst Road estate are supporting a plan to put up clearly-visible signs for the numbers of bungalows there.
This would be in response to complaints that it is ‘extremely difficult’ for visitors, including emergency vehicles, to find specific addresses.
A 1.8m high metal fence is proposed to deter unwanted visitors who use a path on Saxelby Gardens late at night.
It is claimed that a wooden fence at the location has been persistently vandalised, enabling intruders to use the path as a cut-through or as a toilet.
Other improvements are aimed at cracking down on fly-tipping and indiscrimate parking on Snape Wood estate.