Alley gating is the installation of steel, self-locking gates to the ends of footpaths and alleyways in residential areas and housing estates, which can help to combat crime and anti-social behaviour, and improve the quality of life for the community in the surrounding area.
The alley gating process is different for highways and non highways. Where a site does not have public access rights the process can be relatively straightforward. For those routes which are identified as public highways, formal closure procedures must be followed:
Once ownership of the land has been established for an alleyway that is not considered a Public Right of Way, the owners of the land can proceed with gating if all are in agreement.
There may be a number of advantages to such a scheme:
Gating schemes are the responsibility of the homeowners who live around them.
Any route that is an adopted highway, or unadopted highway that is considered to be a Public Right of Way, can only be gated following the formal process of securing a Gating Order.
This power is conferred under Section 2 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, and is available for use by councils who are the highways authority.
A Gating Order is made to prevent or regulate passage along a highway in order to prevent crime or anti-social behaviour.
Gating Orders are temporary – the underlying highways rights endure – and their continued need must be reviewed.
To make a gating order the Council must be satisfied that:
A Gating Order is not possible for an alley that is the only or principal means of access to any dwelling, or place of business during its normal business hours.
Maintenance arrangements for the alley gates are the responsibility of the district council.
The Operational Partnership Team for the district will be the first point of contact to determine whether there is merit in pursuing a Gating Order.
See the register of current Gating Orders at the top of this page.