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With many leisure facilities, schools, businesses, public and recreation venues now closed for the foreseeable future, many are choosing this downtime time to completely review their perimeter security and maintenance arrangements. 
 
Sadly, we are also learning from the news there are people trying to take advantage of the current situation, purposely and unlawfully gaining access to empty and closed buildings and to take advantage to illegally fly-tip in roads and streets.  
 
An article in today's Manchester Evening News unfortunately covers this news story. (31/03/2020) 
 
Our anti-vandal manual gate (CSG 10405) has provided solutions to similar scenarios. 
 
Project Background 
Some time ago, the Highways Agency approached Cova to specifically design a manual 'anti-tamperproof' gate to provide increased protection for farmers and landowners alongside the M20/M25 motorway stretch in Kent. They were experiencing instances where persons and their vehicles were trespassing land to take unauthorised temporary residence. 
 
However, this gate has also provided numerious solutions when it was required to completely close off private land, recreational areas and roadways (with emergency access permitted) and to prevent continual fly-tipping. 
 
DEFRA report that there were a record number of 1,072,000 fly-tipping incidents reported in 2018/19 across the UK, an increase of 8% from the previous year, and with many recycling centres now closed for the foreseeable future, the problem isn't going to go away. 
Client Requirement 
 
Experiencing more than 50 years of fly-tipping within their borough, our client had seen year on year growth of the problem. All previous forms of enforcement (overt and covert) had failed and a 1000m stretch of road was costing just under £10k a month to clear, which was simply unsustainable. 
 
Following the lifting of a temporary road closure which had stemmed the problem for a while, our client was seeking a more cost effective, secure, longer term solution to several sites within the borough. 
 
The requirement was for the gates to be tamper proof and withstand attack from chains, angle grinders, sledge hammers and battery-operated drills. so the CSG 10405 anti-vandal manual gate we had previously designed and developed for the Highways Agency was the perfect solution. 
Client Solution 
 
Sector: Local Government 
Client: Enforcement Department, Neighbourhood Services 
Security Level: Vehicle Entry & Exit Solution 
 
Cova Provided:  
Expert advice, product information, technical specifications, product quotation. 
 
Upon placing the order, this included fully Project Management with initial site visits, full 3D cad product designs, foundation drawings, in-house bespoke manufacture and full installation on all sites. 
 
Product Supplied 
Can be installed by local fencing contractors, builders etc or by Cova Security Gates  

Below demonstrates the broken compromised gate, and at the same site after installation our Anti-Vandal Manual Gate, click this link or image below to view the product page for more information. 

Project Highlights 
Bob Brooker - Cova Head of Design 
 
“The Highways Agency had several rural sites to secure, not only due to fly-tipping, but also to provide a more long term secure solution to private farmland alongside motorways to prevent intruders gaining access via broken or temporary gates.  
 
In one instance livestock had escaped out on to the M20 motorway, causing major delays in the Kent area for a number of hours, whilst live stock was rounded back up into their field by the authorities. 
 
Standard commercially available steel gates are susceptible to vandalism and damage and are rarely capable of withstanding a determined attack. This is highly secure gate and is flexible in that it is pre-assembled so can be easily installed by a local fencing or building contractor, or we can deliver it direct to site and simply crane it into position.” 
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