Residents can apply to have secure steel gates installed in private alleyways.
Lockable gates help prevent burglary, anti-social behaviour, graffiti and fly-tipping. Gating schemes can also bring neighbours together and lead to the establishment of resident associations and neighbourhood watch schemes.
However, if an alleyway is a right of way, it cannot be gated under this scheme.
Land Registry check
Before applying you will need to make sure you have consent for the gating from all owners of properties with access to the alleyway.You may need to do a Land Registry check to see which residents have access rights and ownerships to the alleyway. You will need to do this if there is a road that runs adjacent to your property.
How to apply
Alleys in areas affected by crimes such as graffiti, burglary, drug offences and fly-tipping are given priority.
The council accepts applications during April, August and November 2014. Applications will not be accepted if there is not full consent from all the residents who have access rights and ownerships to the alleyway.
Residents will have 21 days to raise concerns or objections. If these are not resolved, the scheme will not go ahead.
The gates will be ordered for successful schemes in July, November and February, please see the timetable for full details.
If you live in a conservation area and your alley gating application is successful you will need to get planning permission and this will be your responsibility.
You will be responsible for issuing copies of keys, maintaining the gates and keeping the area clean once the gates have been installed. We will not remove rubbish or overgrown vegetation in the alleyways. If you choose to use a contractor to clear waste from the land please ensure that they hold a current waste carriers licence issued by the Environment Agency.