Eton Faculty blocks off Nationwide Cycle Community route and deploys security employees

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A Bracknell bike owner has complained that a part of the Nationwide Biking Community has been blocked off at Dorney Lake, the place she says she encountered “wound up” security employees employed by Eton Faculty.  

The Windsor Observer reviews group of six ladies had deliberate to journey from Bray to Dorney Lake alongside Nationwide Cycle Community route four this week.

Nonetheless, they have been met with a barrier and ‘highway closed’ indicators.

“I went as much as the security man and mentioned ‘it is a public proper of means. We want to use it’,” mentioned one of many cyclists, Charlotte Parker.

“He simply mentioned ‘the highway is closed, go away’ and put the barrier proper in entrance of my bike.

“I needed to determine a connection and say I completely understood why that they had needed to take motion they did, however this was a proper of means. Had a brief closure discover been utilized for?

“He simply mentioned ‘we’re Eton Faculty and it’s closed’.

“I identified the bridleway discover and he simply mentioned, ‘that’s coming down’.

“He was proper in entrance of me and appeared so wound up. He threatened to name the police.”

Dorney Lake is privately owned by Eton Faculty. In March, the faculty obtained a Public Area Safety Order (PSPO) for the realm in response to anti-social behaviour.

A publish on the lake’s Fb web page defined: “The Order was granted in recognition of the truth that persistent incidents of an array of aggressive, unreasonable/anti-social behaviour together with alcohol and drug abuse, littering, vandalism and bridge leaping has had a major unfavorable impression on the native surroundings, our occasions and the standard of life within the locality.”

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A subsequent publish, on June 1, introduced that the lake was closed till additional discover, together with to cyclists.

Parker mentioned she felt the faculty have been managing the state of affairs very badly.

“I requested Eton Faculty to replace me concerning the authorized particulars of the closure every week in the past when I discovered one other route with limitations throughout. Eton Faculty haven’t responded.”

The Nationwide Cycle Community is managed by Sustrans. A spokesperson informed highway.cc: “A couple of weeks in the past, entry to NCN4 was closed due to a Public Areas Safety Order obtained by the Faculty to cope with anti-social behaviour. Sustrans has since made contact with the faculty, and are working with them and the native authority to discover a momentary diversion.”

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