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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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More alleygates in Carlisle to reduce crime

New alleygates are likely to be installed to help cut crime and trouble in the Denton Holme area of Carlisle.

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Alleygates will be extended in Denton Holme

Cumbria County Council’s Carlisle Local Committee has agreed to take the measures following a consultation with residents.

The gates will prevent anyone except residents getting in to back lanes and alleys.

The gates will be installed in the Norfolk Street, Richardson Street and Westmorland Street areas.

It follows similar schemes in other parts of the city.

Denton Holme councillor Hugh McDevitt has been pushing for it to be extended.

The areas to be gated are the alley behind Westmorland Street, off Norfolk Road, the alley behind Richardson Street and the lane behind Norfolk Street, from Norfolk Street to Richardson Street.

A consultation revealed that all of those who took part – 50 people – were in favour of the gates.

In a report to the committee, councillors were told: “The consultation responses show that they all agree to have the alleys gated.”

The scheme will now be advertised and any further responses brought back in front of the committee before a final decision is made.

The meeting also agreed a criteria that must be met when judging any future applications for alleygates.

The measures were first introduced in 2007 as part of a pilot project, targeting the areas of Carlisle with the highest levels of antisocial behaviour and crime. Extra funding was secured, and there have since been two further phases – the last of which was completed in 2012.

Cumbria County Council has now taken over responsibility for the gates, and will decide whether or not future applications are successful.

It has therefore set out a new criteria that ranks schemes in priority, based on incidents of crime, antisocial behaviour levels and cost effectiveness.

However it stressed that the gates will not be seen as the solution to every problem.

The report said: “Because restricting public access should not be undertaken lightly, consideration of other tools to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour should first have been considered in order to identify whether there are alternative interventions that might be more appropriate.”

PMcGowan@cngroup.co.uk

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