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.
When looking at making a public space protection order (including an order to restrict access to a public right of way, including alleyways) the Council is required to consult with the following:
Current alley gating PSPOsPSPO 2017 - Lord Street, Charlotte Street and Charles Street, Redcar
- 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, tenants, landlords and property owners directly affected by the proposal.
The Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (Gates) Public Spaces Protection Order 2017 places restrictions on public access at the following locations:
- Pathway linking St George's Terrace and St Cuthbert's Walk, Liverton Mines
- Hillside Close and Turnberry Drive, New Marske
- Tawney Close and Church Lane, Teesville
- Rear of Rothwell Mews, Eston
- Various back streets at Lambton Street, Eston
- Alfred and Muriel Street, Redcar
- Britannia Place and The Fleet, Dormanstown
- Church Lane and Snowden Street, Eston
- Albert Road and Snowden Street, Eston
- Bolckow Road, Grangetown
- Thames Rooad, Redcar
You can find details of restrictions in place at these locations by viewing the PSPO document below
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (Gates) Public Spaces Protection Order 2017
Having complied with consultation requirements, the council intends to extend the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (Gates) Public Spaces Protection Order 2017 as it relates to the current 10 locations covered for a further three years (until 19 October 2023).
You can find out more about this proposed extension by downloading the PSPO notice to vary document below:
Notice of intention to extend R&CBC (Gates) Public Spaces Protection Order 2017
Alley-gates can reduce crime and antisocial behaviour near alleyways, including:
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 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
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 has been rolling out a programme combining alley-gating and alley-greening at additional locations across the borough during 2017/20.
The Council will apply the following criteria in selecting schemes for inclusion within the alley-gating and alley-greening programme:
- Evidence there's 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;
- Engineering and highways sections assessment of suitability of location for alley gating;
- Value for money;
- 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 Council will continue to keep under review the selection of potential alley-gating schemes for inclusion in the programme.
Request an alley gate in your area
Contact the council's safer communities and compliance 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 it's 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.