Anti-terror measures are being put in place in Preston’s main shopping street.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council is putting in a number of heavy wooden and metal planters into Fishergate during the next few days.
The new security features are being put in to reduce the space for vehicles to mount the pavement.
Lancashire Police had discussed the measures with the county council and say it is not in response to any specific threat against the city.
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Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon 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.”
Many towns and cities across the UK have installed similar heavy barriers to deter terrorist incidents.
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The work to install the new planters is to be carried out at off-peak times during the next few days.
Leader of Preston City Council councillor Peter Rankin 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.”