She said: “I was contacted yesterday teatime by a resident who uses Lowrys Lane frequently to ask why the gates at the section leading from Kylemore opening onto Hatmore had been padlocked closed.
“This user had then to walk all the way back up what is quite a steep hill to get back out and I’m sure others had to do the same.
“I contacted the Wardens and they assured me they were not responsible, especially as it is a health and safety issue.
“I understand people are particularly anxious at the moment with the recent thefts in the area and throughout the City.
“I did forward residents requests to have the gates temporarily locked with the PCSP, but was reminded their purpose is solely for curtailing ASB issues and do not guarantee crime prevention.
“There would also be, as has been in the past, considerable objections from the public who frequently use this laneway as a shortcut.
“If the need arises for these gates to be locked it is under the strict supervision of the Council Safety Wardens, individuals cannot assume this responsibility, especially as both ends have to be closed and opened simultaneously.
“If anyone is experiencing issues in this part of the park, I would ask they contact the Council’s Safety Wardens or myself and we will be happy to help,” added Cllr Cusack.