THE LEXICON’S canopy has re-opened after safety bosses closed it off in September.

Children were said to have been climbing on the structure, which opened in March, with speculation online suggesting one child had injured themselves after falling from it.

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Metal barriers were installed around the arts and entertainment space with ‘keep out’ and ‘no climbing’ signs added to the borders.

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Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) bosses said the metal bars were only temporary but did suggest permanent barriers could be installed if climbing persisted.

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In October, Andrew Hunter, Director of Place, Planning and Regeneration at Bracknell Forest Council (BFC), said: “The canopy is designed to provide entertainment shelter and is not a structure intending for scaling, climbing or jumping on.

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“We have been working with The Lexicon, local schools and the police to discourage this activity and there are signs in place plus CCTV for this purpose.

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“We will continue to investigate and implement appropriate measures and would ask people not to climb on the structure for their own safety and wellbeing.”

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Instead of permanent barriers, BFC bosses took to coating the structure in anti-climb paint instead. 

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Mr Hunter told the News: "Due to some incidents earlier in the year where individuals were climbing on the canopy in Bond Square, we made the decision to close the area for the public’s safety.  

“In addition to existing signs warning individuals not to climb the structure, the canopy has now been coated with anti-climb paint to further discourage future incidents, and we’re delighted to be able to re-open the space for all visitors and residents to enjoy.”