Gating public spaces protection orders (PSPOs)

The council can restrict access to public rights of way, including alleyways, in order to tackle persistent crime and antisocial behaviour by installing lockable gates at either end of the alleyways.

The council has the power to restrict access to a public right of way, by installing alley-gates for example, under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Act's public spaces protection order provisions.

In doing so, the council has to be satisfied:
  • the antisocial behaviour activities it seeks to tackle justify the restrictions being imposed;
  • whether it can restrict access;
  • the impact the restriction will have on access between two places;
  • and whether reasonably convenient alternative routes exist.


Details of proposed and current public spaces protection orders (alley gates)


The council has replaced gating orders, originally brought into force using powers under section 129A of the Highways Act 1980 for five locations across Redcar & Cleveland between 2006 and 2008, with one PSPO



Alley-gating
Alley-gates can reduce crime and antisocial behaviour near alleyways, including:
  • Burglaries
  • Arson
  • Nuisance
  • Fly-tipping

Alley gates can also help:
  • reduce worry and fear about crime and antisocial behaviour
  • increase residents' satisfaction
  • increase neighbourliness and community spirit
  • improve the appearance of alleyways where they're installed

Alley-greening
Alley greening involves bringing residents together to plan and implement improvements to back alleys, transforming alleyways into safe green spaces where neighbours can spend time and children play.
The council believes alley greening can offer additional benefits to those achieved through installing lockable gates:
  • residents' access to alleys enhanced
  • increased community involvement and volunteering
  • improved communication between residents and with police contributing to positive perceptions of safety
  • older people feel productive, share their skills and build social networks
  • increased pride in neighbourhood

There are many successful examples of alley-greening schemes, including Longford Street, Middlesbrough; Barton alleyway, Manchester; Cecil Street, Liverpool, and Wildflower alley, Belfast.

Examples of successful alley-gating and alley-greening

Longford Street, Middlesbrough

Cecil Street, Liverpool

Barton alley ways, Manchester

Wildflower alley

Alley-gating and alley-greening programme
During 2015-17 the council piloted the combining of alley-gating alongside alley-greening at two locations Charles Street, Redcar, and South Street, Eston and supported residents at a third location Edward Street, South Bank where alley-gates are already in place, to develop an alley-greening vision.

Following the success of the pilot, the council will be rolling out a programme combining alley-gating and alley-greening at additional locations across the borough during 2017/19.

The council has assessed 42 locations (including 17 nominated by residents) against the following criteria:
  1. Evidence theres a significant volume of activities persistently or continually occurring, like antisocial behaviour, crime, dog fouling, fly-tipping, public nuisance etc., that's unreasonable, has, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those living here, and justifies the council in installing alley gates here;
  2. Engineering and highways sections assessment of suitability of location for alley gating;
  3. Value for money;
  4. Residents demonstrate commitment to get involved in planning and making improvements (alley-greening) to their back alleys by transforming them into safe green spaces, including by making financial and non-financial commitments

The following locations have been selected as potential round one schemes:
  • Alleys serving 2-64 Britannia Place; 1-28 The Fleet; 61-79 Broadway West; 10-16 South Avenue, Dormanstown;
  • Alley serving 1-21-Hartington Street; 1-18 St Hilda's Terrace; and 1-3 Valley Street, Loftus;
  • Alleys serving 2-54 Queen Street; 1-67 Coronation Street; 6-11 Brotton Road; and 4-7 Muriel Street, Carlin How;

Subject to the outcome of consultation with local residents, owners of affected properties, and Cleveland police, the council will take decisions whether or not to go ahead with these schemes spring 2018.

Request an alley gate in your area
Contact the council's improvement, prevention and commissioning team to request alley-gates. The team will log your request, and advise you concerning the current status of the alley-gating programme.

Report an alley gate problem
If you experience any problems or faults please contact us quoting the gate location.

Is the gate being left open? Remind your neighbours that its everyone's responsibility to lock the gate.

Request a key for an alley gate
If your property is adjoining or adjacent to an alleyway that has gates fitted, you will be entitled to a key(s) to operate the lock.

Please contact us for further details.

Current consultations
When looking at making a public spaces protection order the council is required to consult with the following:
  • The local police, including the police and crime commissioner and the community safety partnership
  • Any land-owners or occupiers, i.e. any residents including home-owners and tenants landlords and property owners directly affected by the proposal;
  • Community representatives, and any potentially affected or interested persons, including people who regularly use the right of way and access forums, as well as people living nearby;

The council will also consult utilities companies having apparatus located in alleyways, as well as council and emergency services requiring access.

Alley gating strategy and procedure
The council is in the process of adopting an alley gating strategy and procedure policy document, which will ensure it has a process in place enabling the targeting of schemes where they will be most effective.
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Last updated:
21/11/2017

Assigned review date:
04/08/2018

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