Alleygates to get go-ahead

Pamela Hargreaves cuts the ribbon to open the refurbished ofice of Owton Fens Community Association building

Pamela Hargreaves cuts the ribbon to open the refurbished ofice of Owton Fens Community Association building

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CIVIC chiefs have backed plans to install alleygates in a back street – five years after it was originally approved – despite concerns by residents that they are not needed.

Hartlepool Borough Council is to install the gates in the back street of Marske Street and Stockton Road after the scheme was put forward by Hartlepool New Deal for Communities (NDC).

The scheme was originally given the go-ahead way back in May 2006 but the gates were not installed because an agreement could not be reached as to how the gates would be managed.

Council bosses decided to take another look and have recently completed a second period of consultation.

Of the 21 letters sent out, 10 were in favour and four were against.

The objectors said there is already restricted parking on Stockton Road and any further restrictions could hit trade, that there is no need for the gates, and that there are concerns over who would open and close the gates.

Officers have said that the opening and closing times will be left to the residents and businesses to manage.

Council officers said residents in Marske Street were generally in favour as were councillors in the Burn Valley ward.

The area has been categorised as a “hotspot” for crime and disorder and officers hope the alleygates will help reduce crime while improving “community confidence”.

Labour councillor Pamela Hargreaves, regeneration and economic development portfolio holder, approved the plans at a recent meeting.

A report said: “While other measures are in existence to tackle the problems, such as intensive policing patrols and CCTV, located on the Burn Valley roundabout, implementation of the alleygates, which have proven to be an extremely effective crime prevention measure in other areas, will ensure the rear of these homes receive the additional security needed in this street which is located in a hotspot area for crime and disorder.”

The scheme will be funded by Hartlepool NDC.