Send your thoughts on alleygates
Hastings Borough Council is consulting on Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) asking for views on whether existing gating schemes should be continued, and whether new gates should be introduced.
Three public rights of way, in Valentine's Passage and Laser Lane, Central St Leonards, and between Havelock Road and Priory Square (also known as Prospect Passage), have had gates in place for three years. The council has to consider feedback on the schemes before they can be kept in place for a further three years. The gates were installed to reduce anti-social behaviour in the three areas and the council is proposing to keep the gates in place.
The council is also asking for feedback on a possible new gate at Trinity Passage between Robertson Street and Claremont in the town centre. This alleyway is being used as a public toilet, and for fly-tipping and littering, on a regular basis and gating would help prevent this.
Cllr Judy Rogers, lead councillor for community safety, said: "The three gates already in place have significantly reduced anti-social behaviour that was occurring in the footpaths and areas close by. We want to hear from people who live nearby, or anyone affected by this closure to decide whether we should keep these paths gated.
"We are thinking of adding a gate at Trinity Passage because of the continued issues there. As this would be a new gate, we are especially keen to hear people's thoughts. Before any gates are installed, we would need to follow the appropriate processes including planning permission."
Maps of the gates and full details are on the council's website. Please send your feedback to email@example.com.
You can also post your feedback to: Community Safety, Hastings Borough Council, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3UY.
The deadline to receive feedback is Friday 15 December.
All feedback received will be summarised in a report to the council's Cabinet who will discuss the renewal of the existing gating order and adding a new gate.