Rat-run alleyway fear for residents
A PENSIONER has warned that alleyways close to homes have become a playground for yobs and vandals.
Fed-up Michael Russell (75) said the three cut-throughs in Bardney, in Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, have been turned into rat-runs by youths who are blighting the estate with crime, graffiti and litter.
He is now calling for Peterborough City Council to seal off the dingy connecting alleys with security gates in a bid to make residents feel safer.
Mr Russell, who has lived in the street for 30 years, said he had witnessed the prob- lems caused by youths racing through on their bikes.
He said: “They are coming through from streets such as Bringhurst and cutting through here.
“I have been witness to school children and teenagers coming through on their bikes and have had to take avoiding action.
“Kids on bikes in the morning going to school do wheelies and are racing down them. The street serves quite a few elderly people and these kids are riding across their gardens. There is just no respect.
“Cars are getting scratched and damaged, there has been vandalism and graffiti. They also leave a trail of litter.
“It’s about the safety of residents. A lot of the people here are elderly or disabled.”
With the long summer holidays approaching, he fears the situation will get even worse and urged the council to install gates and help stamp out the anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Pam Winslade said she could appreciate the residents’ concerns and urged people to have their say at upcoming neighbourhood and police panel meetings.
She said: “We are aware of these alleys and we are looking at trying to eliminate the associated anti-social behaviour.
“Officers are looking at the possibility of closing some of the alleyways and a full assessment of the area is being done.”
A few months ago, the council carried out house-to-house surveys gauging people’s views on the thoroughfares.
A spokeswoman for Peterborough City Council said: “We did consult with residents in this area, but we are now in the process of looking at the comments which have been made by residents before deciding on the next step. We are also working with the police, fire service, highways and utility companies.”
Michael Russell (left) and Geoff Vaz are calling for alleyways at Bardney to be closed off. (METP-25-06-10AS062).