Hedges vandalised as North Hertfordshire College grounds remain off limits


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Hedges surrounding a college playing field have been vandalised after public entrances were blocked off.

Six entrances to green space at the North Hertfordshire College on Cambridge Road, Hitchin, were blocked off with steel fencing three weeks ago.

The college made a decision to stop people getting into the field through the gates as a result of issues surrounding dog mess, flytipping and anti-social behaviour after dark.

Now holes have been made in the hedges which surround the field.

A spokesman from the college said: “We regrettably closed access to the sports field in order to safeguard our students and customers, and limit anti-social behaviour after hours, and this access remains closed. We have since suffered vandalism to a number of the sports field perimeter hedges, which are in the process of being repaired. Limiting access to the field enables us to provide a safe environment for families and the local community who are welcome to use the facility by contacting the sports centre reception.”

Steve Chappell, who lives in nearby Coleridge Close, has launched a campaign calling for the college to reopen the entrances and is asking for backing so he can apply for a village green or public footpath status. Either status would ensure the public can use the field going forward.

For more, contact steve.chappell@sky.com or text 07534 933375.