WORK to put a night-time barrier system in place at an Abergavenny car park will be carried out in the next fortnight.

The trial initiative, which is being spear-headed by Monmouthshire council, is being introduced in Fairfield Car Park in a bid to end more than a decade of anti-social use of cars.

The county council, together with Gwent Police and Abergavenny Town Council, will put 60metres of recycled corrugated beams in place across a section of the car park to enable the closure of the main parking area during the evening. Collapsible bollards will close off the main access road at night and allow access to the whole of the parking area during the day.

Flow plates will be in place at the exit to prevent vehicles from gaining entry through the exit at all times.

Those groups using Abergavenny Rugby Club, St John Ambulance, the Girl Guides and Scouts, will still be able to get into the top part of the car park 24 hours a day.

Monmouthshire north inspector Huw Jones, previously said the anti-social use of vehicles has been an on-going issue in the car park for a number of years. He said that it is hoped that the initiative will reduce the effects the problem has had on the local community.

Town and county councillor John Prosser said the scheme is a sensible way forward.

“We hope this trial will be effective and resolve the problem. If it improves then we will review it to see if it has been effective,” he added.

A spokeswoman for Monmouthshire council said officers have been working to find the most suitable and cost effective scheme to enable the trial to take place. She said it is envisaged that the works will be carried out within the next couple of weeks.

The scheme will run until the end of September and be reviewed in October.

An attempt to install barriers at the car park were shelved by Monmouthshire council in 2008 after Councillor Bob Greenland decided that the initiative would move the problems to another car park in town. Car park users also expressed concerns about losing numbers and time wasted waiting for a key-holder to come to the gates with a key to let them in.