Fears East Park reopening to traffic could ‘spoil peaceful place’…

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Fears East Park reopening to traffic could ‘spoil peaceful place’…

People using East Park have expressed concerns reopening gates to cars would spoil a now peaceful place while a senior councillor said their closure had denied disabled people access. Sarah Barley, who walks her dog in East Park every day, told LDRS she had launched a petition against the plans because she was worried about the effects of traffic. Meanwhile, a nearby resident and park user who asked not to be named said he worried about the risk cars returning to the park would pose to his two-year-old daughter. But Hull City Council Deputy Leader Cllr Jackie Dad told the BBC officials had to find a solution for everyone after disabled people's groups challenged the closure on equality grounds. It comes after the council put plans to reopen East Park's main gates on Holderness Road to traffic out to consultation in December. READ MORE: Map shows proposed new East Park layout as campaigner bids for it to remain traffic-free Hull split 52pc to 48pc on plan to reopen East Park to traffic, poll shows The results of the consultation are currently being analysed. If the council presses ahead with the plans, it would see the gates reopened during the park's existing opening times. A one-way system would be created at the front of the park along with footpaths and access for motorists from James Reckitt Avenue taking them to its model boat pond. Works would begin later this year if they get the go ahead. The gates at East Park are currently closed to traffic (Image: Hull Live) The park has been car-free since the gates were closed in 2020 to improve it for people using it to get outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic. But people living in nearby streets such as East Park Avenue and Westminster Avenue complained visitors were leaving their cars outside their homes, causing parking problems. Mrs Barley, who also lives opposite East Park, said the gates being closed had never stopped her from being able to park. She added she presented a petition to the council on Monday, January 8 after collecting a total of 1,900 signatures online and in person from those worried about the plans. The resident said: “A lot of people live down the nearby streets to be near to the park. I use the park every day to walk my dog and when I'm out I speak to people and I see children out with their parents and riding bikes or rollerblading. “So when I heard about these plans I was shocked and I decided I wanted to try and d
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