The rules are now very clearly set out in the Agreement with Sunderland Council that all tenants sign. Preferably these should be locked at all times - in the ineterest of everyone's security. However, the management Committee has agreed that as the site is large and busy this is not necessary but that they should always be closed after entrance/exit. They should not be left open.
(During the hours when the container shop is open on Sat/Sun the gates are often left open as there is someone in attendance).
In Winter months the gates are locked in the evenings and reopened in the morning with a lock that no-one can access. Details of this will be posted in advance of this taking place, to inform members.
Vehicle gates at Usher's field (at the Waterworks site) ARE PERMANENTLY LOCKED. Access can be arranged for deliveries via the Secretary. The Pedestrian gates are operated with the same key as the pedestrian gate at the main entrance - and must be closed AND locked immediately after use.