Al­ley­ways to shut Gates will be put up af­ter com­plaints

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - robin.jenk­[email protected]­ Robin JENK­INS

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

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