A row has broken out over council plans to close a Fulham park at dusk with residents saying they will be forced to make long detours to their homes.
Pineapple Park has traditionally been used as a cut through from shops and bus stops in Wandsworth Bridge Road to people's homes in surrounding streets such as Stephendale Road and Bagley's Lane.
But following complaints from residents in Pearscroft Road, which directly overlooks the park, the council is considering closing it as early as 4.30pm and installing two-metre high fencing to deter antisocial behaviour.
Dugald MacInnes, 60, of Stephendale Road, said the council was over-reacting to noise complaints and the move would hinder workers and schoolchildren.
"They will be forced on enormous detours to get to their homes and, for some, it will double their journey," he said.
Stephendale Road resident Barbara Cook, 77, whose family have lived in the area for 125 years, said she was disappointed at the plans.
But Fulham and Hammersmith Council said the plans would go ahead by next summer. "The council, working closely with the police, has consulted residents on a number of measures aimed at resolving issues of ongoing evening disturbances to people who live close to the park," a spokesman said. "As a result, the park will be locked after dark in a bid to curb antisocial behaviour."