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Installing security gate may need consultation and education

Installing security gate may need consultation and education

24th March 2016

There is often a clear need for security gates to protect the property or prevent unauthorised use when it comes to access. However, in this example from Dorset (, a security gate that has been erected to protect a ferry jetty has caused local discord.

The ferry runs a few hundred meters from the picture-perfect beach huts of Mudeford over to Christchurch. It is popular with tourists as a day trip and locals as an easy way to get provisions over, with highly restricted vehicular access. The council claims that the jetty is frequently misused by other unauthorised boats, with risky scenarios involving children being passed over railings in unsafe ways and fuel cans dumped on the jetty. (

Security with a balanced view

While there is a clear need for the galvanised metal and wire gate, when it comes to installing such a security measure, particularly in an area of beauty or a tourist hot spot, the agency, company, or individual responsible should consider the consequences of their actions. They should plan with education, information, and clear reasons for any gate installed. If it affects a local group, then a leafleting campaign explaining the move could also be considered.

Looking at this example, the gate was installed with no signage and little warning. Suppose you install any gate, some clear notice explaining why there will go some way to assuage most visitors’ angst. Highlighting the legal need to protect property and people from their own actions helps build a strong case for any installation. In design terms, the council may also have considered something slightly less stark, given the wide range of options and shapes of security gates and fencing available on the market.

So, while your property, event, business or facility may need protection with security fencing, gates and other installations, consider the impact on the users and the local area before erecting them. Zaun has a range of permanent and temporary solutions to protect everything from construction sites to data centres and sports events to playgrounds, Whatever your security needs.