Speeding motorcyclists who race up and down a footpath will be forced to slow down now gates have been installed.
Police feared a child could be knocked over if they didn’t take action to prevent people speeding down Waterworks Lane in Wellingborough.
The wide footpath is at the back of Redwell School and Redwell Leisure Centre, and it also backs on to a number of houses.
Following meetings between police officers and councillors, the police secured funding of £5,600 to install four gates along the path.
Crime prevention officer Paul Golley said: “We’ve had an ongoing problem with motorcycle nuisance, going back a couple of years.
“One particular concern was that a child would be knocked over, so we have been working with out partners to resolve the problem.
“While you can’t stop the motorcycles coming down the patch, we can slow them down.”
Cllr Ken Harrington, ward councillor and mayor of Wellingborough, said: “It’s wonderful that we’ve been able to receive the funding.
“This is an issue that has been quite a problem for a number of years. Probably about six years ago, I provided funding for a gate at each end of the lane, but it was never enough because the motorbikers get up to the lane from Churchill Avenue.”
PCSO Matt Powell said: “Residents of Crawley Road are over the moon about this.”
Dominique Cottey walks along Waterworks Lane to collect her daughter from school.
She said: “It’s a good thing because it will slow them down.
“Cyclists and motorcyclists both ride along the path and they don’t watch out for children.”