Councillor Dr Hugh Mason (above, right) was shocked that local residents had not been consulted before the change.
"This decision has been made by local Conservative councillors without asking people who live locally what they think. For a long time we have had problems of anti social behaviour in the park, and leaving it unlocked all night will only make things worse."
"When the Lib Dems ran the City Council there was a task force set up with the Police to crack down on trouble coming from some of the houses in Waverley Road. Now that the parks are being left open all night there have been reports about needles being found in places where children want to play. This is not good enough, and the secrecy from Conservative councillors about this decision is terrible."