Committee considered a report of the Strategic Director Policy and Resources,
which outlined proposals for the installation of alleygates
between 21 and 23 Montgomery Road,
Widnes. The Safer Halton Policy and
Performance Board, having thoroughly considered all of the residents and other
views put forward both for and against the installation of the gates, came to a
unanimous decision that a recommendation should be put to Board Members for
approval to be given to installation of the gates (Minute SAF4 refers).
its meeting on 21st September 2010 the Safer Halton PPB was advised
that between Montgomery Road/Cunningham Road and Chilton Avenue/Netherfield
Road, there was a linear greenway. Over the
previous 12 months there had been a considerable amount of Anti-Social Behaviour
(ASB) with 27 incidents being recorded by the police. St Georges Court (operated by Riverside
RSL) and 23 Montgomery Road
had been particularly affected. The complaints of ASB related to gangs of young
people congregating in the area and throwing stones, fly tipping, leaving
graffiti, firing pellets at windows, damaging residents’ windows and arson.
There was a non adopted alley to the greenway by these properties and
local councillors had identified this as a key access point for the people who
were causing the anti-social behaviour. This alley also provided access to the
council allotments and was well used by the public as a route to the town
centre, schools and places of work.
Alleygating operational group received the request to
in 2009-10. The Alleygate operational group decided,
after many deliberations to take this to the Partnership Tasking and
Co-ordination Group where all "responsible authorities" e.g Police, Fire, Council, Halton Housing, Riverside, Youth
Service etc were present and all incidents and underlying problems could be
assessed. The Tasking and Co-ordination Group developed an eleven point action
plan to address the ASB issues and continued to monitor the incidents reported
to the police. Residents were advised to
contact the police following any incidents so that T&C could fully assess
the problem in this area.
At their meeting on
21st September 2010, the Safer Halton PPB agreed the eleven-point action plan to
address the anti social behaviour and to the establishment of a working group, including Members of the Safer
PPB, to consider how to proceed with alleygating in
The report outlined the informal local
consultation carried out in the area by the Council in October 2010 in order to
gauge the views of residents in respect of an Alley Gating scheme being
introduced at this location and the views expressed. It also included comments
by Cheshire Police.
addition the Board noted the comments from the Council’s Highways engineers who
had expressed a number of concerns about potential installation of alleygates between 21 and 23 Montgomery Road.
was noted that the response to the gating request between 21 and 23 Montgomery
Road had followed the procedures applicable to alleygating applications which were agreed at the Safer Halton Policy and Performance
Board at their meeting on 18th January 2011. These procedures were
subsequently adopted by the Executive Board at its meeting on 31st
March 2011 (Minute EXB 117).
That approval be given to the installation of alleygates between 21 & 23 Montgomery Road, Widnes.