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Find out if your alley meets the criteria for funding and how to apply.

Who's who?

Lead Resident (LR): Person who represents the residents and liaises with the council and gating contractors to implement the scheme.

Gating Company: Contractor responsible for installing the gates to the specification required by the council and the Police.

Improvement Projects Team: Council officers who administer the alley gating scheme and who are on hand to provide advice at any stage in the process.

Getting started

If you are unsure if this is the case, please contact the Improvement Projects team who will be able to advise you. This scheme is not open to residents who are in council or social housing. Requests should be made to the housing authority directly.

Criteria

  • Alley gating schemes are invited for alleyways acting as service roads to at least six properties.
  • Residents must live in an area vulnerable to crime or anti-social behaviour, (such as fly-tipping or graffiti).
  • Residents must be aware this is a community-led, self-help scheme and the council will only contribute up to a maximum of 90 percent of the installation of the gates.
  • Alley gating schemes can only be implemented on private land. Gating is not permitted on a public highway or public right of way.

Tip: 

If you are unsure if this is the case, please contact the Improvement Projects team who will be able to advise you. This scheme is not open to residents who are in council or social housing. Requests should be made to the housing authority directly.

Homeowners and landlords who are strongly advised to check their property deeds prior to submitting an application form. This is to ensure that all residents who have a 'Right of Way' are considered and included in the scheme, where appropriate.

  • Gates should be positioned to make an enclosed area with no open exits and should be visible from the street.
  • Gates must conform to the gate specification.
  • Planning permission is not usually necessary, but residents are advised to check with the planning department if there is any doubt.
  • Residents accept direct responsibility for the security of the keys and for upkeep and repair of the gates once they are installed.
  • Businesses who wish to apply for alley gates will be expected to contribute between 50 to 70 percent, each scheme will be treated on a case by case basis.
  • Electronic gates are not usually provided by this scheme, however they may be considered where there is evidence that a management company has been established and there are sufficient financial resources to fund the ongoing maintenance of the gates.

How to make an application »

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