PLANS to introduce security fencing at a community centre to ward off vandals are opposed by members who fear it will make the area 'look like a prison.'
Brookside Community Centre in Brookside Road,Hayes have been awarded £25,000 by Hillingdon Council for improvements, but it is only prepared to build a 6ft 6inc metal security fence.
Charlie Farmer,president of Brookside Community Centre, said the application for the cash was to keep unwanted people out, but the council was dictating the type of fence to be used.
He said: "It is the same as the fence they use for parks and recreational grounds and it will make the place look like a prison." Instead he wants a brick wall with railings on top.
Nigel Cramb, partnerships, business and community engagement manager at Hillingdon Council said the 'request to change it to a brick wall with pillars and ornate railings' would cost a lot more.