GATES serving as a reminder of Greenham Common’s US airbase days are to be removed and restored.
The airbase gates at the Pyle Hill entrance to the common will be taken away on Monday as part of a scheme to improve access to the common.
The gates were painted blue by protesters, mainly from the women’s peace camp, campaigning against cruise missiles being stored on the common during the 1980s.
The gates will be painted green and returned in a few weeks time and should be fully functional and be able to be used by emergency vehicles.
Work on the hanging posts will also be carried out but one will be left with the protesters’ paint
and graffiti intact to preserve
the history of the protesters’ action.
The work is being carried out by sub contractors on behalf of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).
All signs on the gates will be removed, including the barbed wire which will be cleaned without removing the paint and then refitted.
BBOWT will be fencing off the gap left by the gates. An area around the gates will be closed on Monday to prevent visitors blocking access with vehicles.
The work is part of a BBOWT application to improve the car park and close off unauthorised car parking in front of the gates.
Trees were recently felled at the Pyle Hill car park, leading residents to express dismay. The trust said that the trees were removed because they posed a safety risk.