A PARISH council will be told to tear down a fence which has angered residents because it “obstructs a public highway”.
The Advertiser told last week how the 8ft spiked fence at South Street, Thurcroft, has upset people living there and more than 200 people had signed a petition calling for it to be removed.
Thurcroft Parish Council insisted it was needed to stamp out anti-social behaviour by nuisance bikers and drivers churning up the adjacent playing field.
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But Rotherham Council has now said it must be removed and the parish council had been to look at other measures – a move with the parish council said it would resist.
Kellie Sinderson, a resident who led the calls for the fence to be scrapped, said the news had made her day.
“It does obstruct access,” she said
“I’m sure myself and the other residents would love to help come up with an alternative solution and be actively involved in any further plans and all work towards this being done.”
A Rotherham Council spokesperson said: “The recreation land at Thurcroft is owned in part by Rotherham Council and in part by Thurcroft Parish Council.
“We appreciate that the fence has been erected to help prevent anti-social behaviour.
“However, the fence does obstruct a public highway and as such, we have advised the parish council to explore other options.
“We currently have no plans to install any new access controls onto recreation land owned by the Rotherham Council, however we are aware of the issues and we are reviewing options to reduce anti-social behaviour.”
Parish council chairman Cllr Jeb Nightingale said borough council officers would be invited to make a site visit to the street before ordering the fence’s removal.
“In the email they sent us, they it is a very tricky situation,” he said. “If we can have a site visit there might be some way we can work together to get round this problem.
“We are disappointed with the stance from the council.”
Cllr Nightingale said the field was used for football matches and the parish council would hold Rotherham Council liable for any damage caused by anti-social bikers if they were forced to remove the fence.