Rat-run al­ley­way fear for res­i­dents

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update - By ASHA ME­HTA

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.”

CALLS:

Michael Rus­sell (left) and Geoff Vaz are call­ing for al­ley­ways at Bard­ney to be closed off. (METP-25-06-10AS062).

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