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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Carlisle residents to be asked if they want alleygates on back lanes

Residents living in parts of Carlisle are to be asked whether they want alleygates to be placed across their back lanes in a bid to cut antisocial behaviour.

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Hugh McDevitt: ‘I’m happy to see that something is being done to help reassure residents’

Members of the county council’s Local Committee for Carlisle are expected to approve the consultation exercise tomorrow.

If approved, police officers will be asked to visit homes around Westmorland Street and Norfolk Street in Denton Holme to assess the strength of local support.

There are currently around 50 alleygates in Carlisle.

It is expected that the scheme will cost around £20,000 but county councillor Hugh McDevitt, who represents the area, said the money would be made available through local area grants.

He said that residents had asked for lanes to be blocked off for a number of years now but previously police figures on reported incidents did not back up claims over the level of antisocial behaviour.

“County councillors have been given a sum of money over the years to spend on small schemes in their division,” he said. “I saved the money hoping that the project could go ahead.”

He added that senior police officers had said that they would give the scheme their backing if enough support was shown.

The face-to-face consultation needs initial approval from the local area committee at tomorrow’s meeting.

A council report said alleygates reduced crime and antisocial behaviour and many residents had lobbied for their introduction. The first gates were put up in Carlisle in 2007 and have since been introduced elsewhere in the city.

The 6ft gates close back lanes to everyone except residents and the emergency services who have a key or entry code.

They were first put up in Botchergate East, behind Flower Street, Edward Street and Grey Street. Others have gone up in Denton Holme and St Aidan’s.

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