Walsall Council is installing a series of gates, barges and bollards in sections of the town centre to protect visitors and businesses from terrorism.
A series of hostile vehicle mitigation measures will be implemented on Monday and Tuesday night (12-13 February) in Park Street, Bridge Street, Bradford Street and Digbeth Square.
The measures, which have been funded by income generated by parking charges, will be temporary while the council considers permanent measures, which include anti-terrorism plans for the Park Street and Gallery Square regeneration scheme.
“The terror threat in Walsall is low but real, and I fully support this action to secure the town centre. Community safety must always be a priority and anything that mitigates any potential threats posed by vehicles is to be welcomed, “ said Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Resilient Communities, Walsall Council.
“The installation of new HVM measures in Walsall is not due to any increased threat to the town centre, however the overall threat to the UK from terrorism remains substantial. This is a good opportunity for us to follow advice from expert colleagues in our counter Terrorism Unit, and work with Walsall Council to ensure that the town centre is safe and secure for residents and visitors,” said Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby from West Midlands Police.