Go-ahead for gates despite objection

A similar alley gate on Selbourne Road in Blackpool.
A similar alley gate on Selbourne Road in Blackpool.
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A SCHEME to introduce security measures in a street in Blackpool looks set to go ahead despite an objection.

Protests had been raised in response to proposals to install alley gates at the rear of Cadby Avenue in Marton.

It was claimed fitting the gates would be an inconvenience because they would have to be locked and unlocked to access the alleyway, and also that they would make the area “drab.”

It was also feared it would be dangerous for people having to open the gates when it was dark at night.

But a report to councillors said the benefits of the scheme outweighed these issues.

It said; “The officers’ view is that the other six properties involved in the proposed scheme are happy for the gating order to go ahead.

“The ward councillors for the area would also like the order to go ahead.

“After checking with police regarding incidents taken place between 7 and 9 Cadby Avenue, we found that eight crimes have been committed in the past 12 months including theft, anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

“There have also been 11 incidents of fly tipping and three incidents of dog fouling.”

After considering all the representations, Coun Eddie Collett, cabinet member for community safety on Blackpool Council, ruled the local authority should proceed with the gating order.

Alley gates have been introduced at the rear of streets across Blackpool in recent years.

The aim is to reduce the threat of burglaries by restricting access to the rear of people’s properties.

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