We have a shiny new gate, plus new fence at our woodchip gate! We are grateful to the City Council for tidying up the frontage in this way. We are not planning on locking the gate at present, but as with the shop gate we would ask everyone to leave it closed, especially at night. As we have had various incidents of anti-social behaviour/unsavoury rubbish left in that car park, we are looking to make it less inviting to passersby.
NB, should you find anything in that car park (or anywhere else) that you don’t feel confident to deal with, please contact the council here https://www.oxford.gov.uk/homepage/122/report_an_environmental_problem to have it dealt with safely and as a priority. You can also find info via that page re disposing of needles etc. yourself.