Go-ahead for alley gates

Contributed by admin on May 26, 2004 - 06:49 PM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>GO-AHEAD FOR ALLEY GATES

An alleyway between Narabeen Road and Cheriton High Street can be closed, magistrates have decided.

Shepway Council applied for gates to be installed at either end of the alley to stop it up after complaints from Police and local residents about anti-social behaviour.

Although the Ramblers Association and the Open Spaces Society opposed the move when the civil case was heard o­n Wednesday (19 May), magistrates agreed that the alley was surplus to requirements and that other routes were available. Residents whose gardens back o­nto the alley, the emergency services and High Street businesses with rear access o­nto the alley will be provided with keys to the gates.

Sarah Williams, Shepway District Council Crime Prevention Officer, who gave evidence in court, paid tribute to the chairman of the local residents association, David Springett, and individual residents who had supported the case and given evidence in court in support of the Council’s case. 

Sarah said: "I hope the alley gates will help improve the quality of life for local people."

Cllr John Hughes, Cabinet member for Public Space and Safety, said access to the alley for the local residents and businesses who need to use it would not be affected.

"The people who need to use the alley for access to the rear of their properties will be able to continue to do so. This order will simply block the alley as an escape route from the High Street - a problem identified by Police - and stop the anti-social behaviour that was causing a problem for local residents. This is another example of action being taken by Shepway Council to crack down o­n the anti-social behaviour that adversely affects people’s quality of life.