A resident of Blackburn has taken it upon herself to improve a local eyesore by placing security bollards on the site to prevent vehicular access.

The patch of land in Malham Gardens, Audley, had become an area that attracted antisocial behaviour, such as drug dealing and rubbish dumping, after it had been left to go to ruin, the Blackburn Citizen reports.

However, 57-year-old Irene Cooper, a member of Great Places Housing, decided to take matters into her own hands after campaigning for three years to get the park cleaned up and eventually organised a programme with help from Darwen Council.

The great grandmother, who is also disabled, said: "It was a mess and no children wanted to play on it. It was terrible. People had started using it for tipping and some people even moved out of the area because they were so sick of it."

The Hucknall Dispatch recently reported that Nottingham City Council has also invested in automated security bollards in a market town north-west of the centre in an attempt to stop motorists driving through a pedestrianised zone.

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