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Gates come down on Deepdale’s troubled alleys

Posted on - 5th January, 2012 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston Council
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View towards Linnet Street, Deepdale, with fly-tipping down the alley

Four more areas of Preston will be getting new alleygates in the next year, according to a new report.

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Four lanes in Deepdale, Ashton, St Matthews and the Town Centre wards are to be gated to stop problems with anti-social behaviour states an update going to Preston City Council’s cabinet next week.

Alleygates are put in to stop easy escapes routes for criminals and troublemakers between houses and other buildings, blocking them off and making it easier for police officers to pursue suspects.

The Canaries in Deepdale were due to be alleygated before Christmas and just one street remains to be finished according to a local councillor.

Deepdale councillor Ismail Bax said: “We have one street to complete. It was hoped we would complete the whole area by Christmas but due to weather conditions this was not possible.

“Overall, it is a fantastic scheme and the residents are really happy with the outcome. It has made a very positive difference in terms of negating anti-social behaviour and fly tipping and will greatly help to reduce crime as well.”

Cllr Bax also said the gating of the Counties lanes would allow the local residents to reclaim their streets.

He said: “A recent consultation by the Neighbourhood team found the majority of residents in favour of alley gating again to negate problems similar to those experienced in the Canaries area.

“Alley gates have enhanced the area and I think the residents will be able to take ownership of their back alleys and children can use them as secure play areas.”

To date Preston City Council have committed £229,911 to alleygating schemes, with a further £138,529 due to be spent on four new areas – including the Counties in Deepdale, an area between Tulketh Road, Blackpool Road, Water Lane and the railway line in Ashton, Robin Street and Burns Street in St Matthews and Chews Yard in the Town Centre.

The council said using alleygates had proved popular with local residents.

A council spokesman said: “Partners within the Safer Preston Partnership are aware that levels of crime and criminal activity leads to a fear of crime from members of the community and therefore it is important that we work together to reduce these feelings of vulnerability and improve community reassurance.

“The very positive feedback that the city council and its partners have received from residents where their rear alleyways have been closed through alleygates have consistently led the Safer Preston Partnership to believe that alleygating is an effective and successful tool in the work of crime reduction and prevention.”

The alleygating scheme is due to be discussed at the council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday 11th January at the Town Hall. Read the full alleygating report here.

Do you live in any of the areas due to be alleygated? What do you think of the scheme? Let us know your views in the comments below

Image credit to norbet1

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