Paper petition details

Closure of the access gate to Trafford Park from Trafford Gardens

Close the access gate on Trafford Gardens to Trafford Park, with a new access gate being opened on the existing park’s perimeter

Over the past eighteen months, residents of the Grace Drive Estate and, in particular, the Trafford Gardens cul-de-sac, have experienced a vast increase in both vehicular and pedestrian footfall onto the estate due to the re-vamp of this small community park.

As a direct result, this has caused major parking issues, resulting in residents being unable to get on or off their driveways, residents’ vehicles getting damaged by cars attempting to turn in the minimal turning circle that is left, disabled access being blocked, pavements being blocked with refuse, and fire and general delivery vehicles being unable to access the cul-de-sac.

Further to this, criminal damage, anti-social behaviour, drug-taking, littering, urinating and dog fouling have all also increased tenfold.

Due to Coivd-19, the park was unfortunately shut, which literally stopped every issue previously mentioned overnight, clearly evidencing the problems this access point is causing residents.

The residents raising this petition work very hard on a daily basis to clean the park of litter and dog fouling, and to keep the park safe and free of any anti-social behaviour, enabling local people to enjoy this space with their children.

Started by: Victoria Whitehouse

On reaching 1 signatures the head of the relevant department will be made aware of the matter.

This Paper petition was received on 02/11/2020.

145 people signed this Paper petition.

Council response

Thank you for your petition submitted to Nottingham City Council on 5 October 2020 regarding access into Trafford Gardens park and play area.

The Parks Service has been liaising with residents on this matter for some time and, in early August, we briefed Cllr Dave Trimble (the Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and IT), who agreed to close the access into the park from Trafford Gardens on a three-month trial basis, once the new gate from Western Boulevard was installed.

Following this decision, the new gate was ordered and subsequently installed in late September. The original access from Trafford Gardens is now locked, and we hope that this will prevent the anti-social behaviour that local residents experienced this summer.

This situation will be reviewed in early 2021, including via discussion with residents, to ensure that the new access arrangements are working satisfactorily for everyone.

Please do contact me if you have any further concerns about this matter.

Yours sincerely,

James Dymond
Parks and Open Spaces Development Manager