Alleyways to shut Gates will be put up after complaints
TWO alleyways in the lower High Street will soon be closed to the public. After complaints about antisocial behaviour from residents and people running businesses close to the alleyways, they could be sealed off within the next few months.
Gates will be installed at either end and only residents needing access will be allowed to use them.
The authorities are taking action over both narrow passageways.
One links High Street with Nailsworth Terrace and the other, a few hundred yards to the east, connects the High Street to New Street.
It was in the latter alleyway that Cheltenham man CJ Hall was murdered last year - though officials say the decision to close it has nothing to do with the
tragedy. They say the decision to gate them was made before the murder. A scheme involving Cheltenham West End Partnership, Cheltenham Borough Council, Solace and Gloucestershire Constabulary is set to see between £3,000 and £5,000 being spent on each pair of gates. Bernice Thomson, manager of Cheltenham West End Partnership, said their installation would be the culmination of two years’ planning. Regarding the alleyway leading to Nailsworth Terrace, she said: “This has been identified as a public right of way and therefore consultation has had to take place before a public space protection order can be put on it. “This alleyway has caused problems to local residents and businesses as it has been used for inappropriate purposes such as drug dealing, drug use and as a urinal.” Concerning the other alleyway, she said: “This has also been subject to inappropriate use, not least to the residents who need to access their front doors from the alleyway.
“People congregating to drink alcohol has been one of the issues. It is also a pick up point for household waste for people living in flats above the shops and gating it would allow bins to be placed for use by those residents.
“This alleyway is not a public right of way and therefore only requires planning permission to be gated.”
She added: “It has taken a long time for us to move from wanting the alleyways gated to now because of the length of time it takes to consult with residents and businesses and to raise the money to pay for the gates.”
It is likely that residents needing to use the alleyways will be given a fob that will open the gates.
The alleyways linking Nailsworth Terrace and New Street to High Street