ROGUE riders are being blocked out of a play area.
New fencing and gates have been installed at Deneside Park, in Seaham, as part of a £10,000 campaign to make the town’s parks better places to visit.
Seaham Town Council is leading the work and put up barriers to halt off-road bikes, which have caused damage to the ground.
Fencing is also to be installed to keep out the vehicles.
Other work planned for the spot include revamping the park’s former rose garden with another display and restoring newt ponds.
Councillor Eddie Bell, leader of the town council and a Durham County Councillor, said: “This is a preventative measure because we want to try and bring Deneside Park back to its past splendour.
“We want families to be able to come here, feel welcome and enjoy the surroundings, without the worry of off-road bikes.
“All the parks are going to be reviewed and we hope that by using the money appropriate, people will appreciate the tranquillity and beauty of the parks in Seaham.”
He added the council is working alongside the police to put a stop to nuisance bikers.
The gates have been installed in the footpaths leading to Deneside Park from Victoria Street, Maureen Terrace and Springfield Crescent.
Others are being put in next to the traffic island on Strangford Road and at the main entrance to the park off Dene Road.