Security was the hot topic at a Windsor Town Forum meeting last night (Wednesday). Residents and representatives from the Royal Borough attended the forum at Windsor Guildhall. RBWM s head of planning David Scott updated the meeting on safety barriers in the town centre.
Temporary barriers were put up around Windsor Castle in March after a terror attack at Westminster where five pedestrians were killed when a car ploughed into them. They are currently in six locations around the Changing the Guard route and permanent measures are due to be installed. Two or three other locations have also been identified which could have barriers installed.
Mr Scott said the new barriers will bring the same level of security as the temporary ones, creating a ring around the guard route.
They will significantly reduce the risk of a vehicle being able to attack crowds or military personnel, he added. He said TVP and the Royal Borough are working with an external company to come up with plans for an integrated street scene solution which are due to be reviewed this month. The permanent aesthetically pleasing and strong barriers are expected fit in more with the street scene and not affect parking on the road.
Chairman of the forum, Cllr Jack Rankin (Con, Castle Without), said: It is good to hear that the permanent solution won t look as out of place in conservation areas as the temporary. Town centre manager Paul Roach said rules about what shops can do when the Changing the Guard takes place have also changed. Before increased security measures were introduced, cars could park within the cordon and make deliveries to shops.
Now this is not possible from 10.30am-11.30am on days the ceremony takes place. With heightened security in the town, some residents raised concerns about how safe the building site at York House will be while it is being redeveloped. Resident Robert Muir said: You are making a construction site in one of the most security sensitive places in Windsor, they will be within feet of the troops.
The council building in Sheet Street is opposite the army s Victoria Barracks.
You are building an extra floor with a garden on top that will look straight down into the barracks . Has the MOD (Ministry of Defence) been consulted? RBWM s property service lead Rob Large told the meeting he had the same concerns and met with the barracks and a senior police officer who are happy with it .
Craigavon security alert ends as police declare suspicious object ‘nothing untoward’
A security alert sparked in Craigavon following the discovery of a suspicious item on the footpath has ended. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/craigavon-security-alert-ends-as-police-declare-suspicious-object-nothing-untoward-35863486.html
A security alert sparked in Craigavon following the discovery of a suspicious item on the footpath has ended. A police patrol discovered the item on the footpath between Lakeview Court and Lismara at around 10.40am Sunday morning.
Police said a suspicious object was examined and was found to be nothing untoward.
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A security firm boss who was stripped of his licence last year will go on trial accused of continuing to work in the business after the ban. Mark Pursglove, of Llanberis Road, Caernarfon, denied two charges when he appeared before magistrates at Caernarfon today. The 50-year-old is said to have been engaged in licensable conduct while not in possession of a valid licence by acting as the manager or supervisor of one or more security staff at Pwllheli harbour between February 11 and November 23 last year.
Pursglove also denies being the shadow director of MP Security Services Limited between February and December last year. Appearing alongside Pursglove were Rachel Ann Williams, 37, of Margaret Street, Caernarfon, and Alan Ifor Williams, 57, of Llys yr Eifl, Caernarfon. Ms Williams faces charges of working in the security industry without a valid licence and aiding and abetting Pursglove.
She denied both charges. Mr Williams, who was said to be a director of MP Security Services Ltd between April and November last year, denies a charge of making a false statement to a Security Industry Authority investigator on December 19, 2016. The matter was adjourned for trial, which is due to be heard at Llandudno magistrates court over two days in August.
In February 2016, Pursglove, who was director of Mark Pursglove Security Limited, was fined 3,000 and ordered to pay costs of 5,000 after pleading guilty to employing an unlicensed security guard on a construction site near Porthmadog between April and August 2014. Peter Smith and Simon Lane, two other members of staff at the company, also pleaded guilty to offences . They were fined, ordered to pay costs and had their licences revoked.