While a lot of people are excited about the return of good weather, it has meant things have got very busy once again - with the Lower Leas Coastal Park being especially popular.
Despite successfully introducing a number of restrictions to reduce some of the issues seen recently, a number of people seem to be ignoring the fact the car park is closed between 8pm and 8am.
We've put lots of signs up and have people in the park warning visitors of this, but we still receive calls from those surprised to find their vehicle has been locked in.
There was more than 10 of these cases last night - and regretfully the height barrier and entrance gate suffered damage at some point in the evening.
As a result, we have had to hire a local security company to manage the car park overnight so there will now be a £100 release charge for vehicles left on the site after 8pm.
This is not to make money - far from it. It's to act as a deterrent and protect what is an important and well-loved area for the people that enjoy and, more importantly, respect it.
Date published: 25 June 2020