Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Temporary security features are being installed in Preston City Centre, as part of plans to increase public safety.
Lancashire County Council is installing a number of heavy wooden and metal planters during the next few days, which will reduce the space for vehicles to mount the pavement - as has been seen in the UK and elsewhere in the world to deter terrorist incidents.
The move follows discussions with Lancashire Police to reduce the risk of a serious incident taking place, however it is not in response to a specific threat.
These temporary measures are being put in ahead of the busy Christmas period. Permanent features are currently being developed and will be installed later next year.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We're going to position these planters so that people on the pavement can still get around easily, while helping to reduce the chance of an incident taking place.
"The UK threat level is severe, so it's right that we do something. It's important though that this is proportionate and still means that we can carry on with our daily lives.
"The planters will help to protect pedestrians. Thousands of people come into Preston every day and we have a responsibility to make sure that they can come here and have a safe and enjoyable experience."
Similar precautions have been installed in town and city centres across the country.
The work to install these new features will be carried out outside of peak times.
Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council, said: “We take the advice given by Lancashire Police very seriously and understand why these measures are being taken across the UK. The safety of our residents and visitors is extremely important to us and we support whatever action is necessary to assure it.”
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