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Safety concerns prompt railings installation

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Following safety concerns at Bank Gardens, traditional Victorian-style railings have been put in place.

The decision to install railings came after concerns were raised by the The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) about the significant drop from the gardens to the pavement of Lansdown Road below.

A yearly inspection, commissioned by the Stroud Town Council, highlighted the absence of barriers as a potential hazard. Inspector David Yearly stated: “The drop from the top of the wall is unprotected. Adding a fence will prevent falls and will protect users below.”

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Gloucester Street Forge, situated on Slad Road, undertook the task of sourcing and installing the railings, which have already received positive feedback from the public.

Green Spaces Manager Pete Bradshaw said: “The new railings have already been well-regarded by the public, who have expressed feeling safer, especially parents of young children. It’s great that events such as ‘Pride Day’ in Bank Gardens will no longer require temporary barriers.”

The revitalisation of Bank Gardens doesn’t stop at railings. Recent enhancements include the installation of two types of lighting. One set illuminates paths for improved visibility, while the other, equipped with CCTV, contributes to better overall safety for garden users.

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With these upgrades, Bank Gardens not only retains its historical charm but also ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience for visitors. The efforts reflect a commitment to preserving heritage while meeting modern safety standards, marking a significant step forward for the town’s green spaces.

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