The council has new powers under The Highways Act that allows
the gating of the highway.
"Alley-gating" is a very simple crime prevention
measure. It involves erecting steel, self locking gates to the ends
of alleyways and passages that are the responsibility of the home
owners who live around them. There are a number of other advantages
in addition to reducing the levels of burglaries which include:
- Reduced opportunities for people to cause annoyance - this
could mean anything from drinking in alleys to taking drugs
- Fewer problems of dog fouling by stray dogs
- Safe play areas for children
- Improved community spirit giving a sense of ownership of the
The council has still to decide on how best to use these powers
as the guidance given for implementation requires a number of
criteria to be met with regard to causes of crime.
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