Call to gate off Halliwell 'crime' alleyway rejected

Janette Rix surveys the land behind the alleyway, which has led to a spate of vandalism in the area

The alleyway in Spinning Meadow which residents want to see gated

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

RESIDENTS of a cul-de-sac are furious — after their calls for a “crime hotspot” alleyway to be closed off were rejected.

Their petition, which requested that the alleyway in Spinning Meadow, Halliwell, was gated off to stop crime and anti-social behaviour, was turned down because the alley was not the direct cause the crimes.

Bolton Council’s decision was taken despite Greater Manchester Police saying they would have no objection to the alleyway from the private housing estate being gated off.

The petition, which contained 40 signatures, was organised after a wave of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Police said that at least four recent crimes may have been prevented if the alley had been gated.

Janette Rix, of Spinning Meadow, was a victim of burglary a few years ago.

Mrs Rix, aged 51, said: “We get bursts of vandalism in this area. People have had their houses broken into before and had things stolen.

“We are very irritated that the council has not approved this petition. We feel we could have been treated better in this situation.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s an absolute nightmare living here — the criminal activity in this area has been going on for about a year.

“We don’t feel like we’re being taken seriously and we want better security in this area.”

Cllr Nick Peel, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said there was not enough justification for the alley to be closed.

He said Halliwell’s three ward councillors had rejected the petition.

He added: “This petition was rejected as the arguments for it were not conclusive.

“The three ward councillors were formally against the closure, on the basis that it would cause additional problems for people living in the locality, such as lack of access to amenities.”

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9:19am Sat 9 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Crimes in North Manchester drastically dropped when they introduced gates to alleyways where all the occupants of the street had keys. Out of touch councillors rejecting what's a cracking idea. Access to amenities could be from a....... road. You know one that's a designated pathway other than a cut thru not intended for this purpose ..
Crimes in North Manchester drastically dropped when they introduced gates to alleyways where all the occupants of the street had keys. Out of touch councillors rejecting what's a cracking idea. Access to amenities could be from a....... road. You know one that's a designated pathway other than a cut thru not intended for this purpose .. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 21

9:55am Sat 9 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Why Don't The Residents Collectively Pay For A Gated Alleyway If They Seek Permission That Sounds Ok To Me.
Why Don't The Residents Collectively Pay For A Gated Alleyway If They Seek Permission That Sounds Ok To Me. Gore Seer
  • Score: -5

10:14am Sat 9 Aug 14

Marzi30 says...

Bet you could build a Mosque on it though !!! Nick Peel - stealing a living
Bet you could build a Mosque on it though !!! Nick Peel - stealing a living Marzi30
  • Score: 25

10:41am Sat 9 Aug 14

owencoyle99 says...

Here we go again with useless Nick Peel just no idea at all
Just listen to residents for a change
Here we go again with useless Nick Peel just no idea at all Just listen to residents for a change owencoyle99
  • Score: 26

11:03am Sat 9 Aug 14

marco999 says...

I do feel for the residents in this case and it must be frustrating that the council has failed them, but is gating yourself off from the rest of the area the answer? Looking at the fences there it wouldn't be too difficult to climb if you really wanted to gain access to a property. I think the real issue here is the level of crime in the area. How about protecting your residents Bolton Council and fitting CCTV in the area? How about more police or community officers patrolling the area? Two or three arrests would make people feel safer in their own homes and maybe deter the law breakers. If a community becomes so sick of theft and burglary that they have to consider fencing themselves off from the rest of the community then there is something seriously wrong isn't there?
I do feel for the residents in this case and it must be frustrating that the council has failed them, but is gating yourself off from the rest of the area the answer? Looking at the fences there it wouldn't be too difficult to climb if you really wanted to gain access to a property. I think the real issue here is the level of crime in the area. How about protecting your residents Bolton Council and fitting CCTV in the area? How about more police or community officers patrolling the area? Two or three arrests would make people feel safer in their own homes and maybe deter the law breakers. If a community becomes so sick of theft and burglary that they have to consider fencing themselves off from the rest of the community then there is something seriously wrong isn't there? marco999
  • Score: 13

8:13pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Changing times says...

Is it just coincidence that Cliff Morris is one of the Halliwell Councillors and this area is in serious decline, along with bolton generally while he has been in charge ?
Is it just coincidence that Cliff Morris is one of the Halliwell Councillors and this area is in serious decline, along with bolton generally while he has been in charge ? Changing times
  • Score: 9

1:11pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Why Don't The Residents Collectively Pay For A Gated Alleyway If They Seek Permission That Sounds Ok To Me.
I Was Little Selfish With My Comment, I Like To See 5 People Willing To Pay For These Gated Allays, Because Bolton Council Have No Money, Even The Money From Goverment Have No Money Its Joe Public That Pays, I Would Dearly Love A Ginnal to Close It Leads Onto A Field Were People Walk The Dogs, If The Residents Would Get To Gether And Were Willing To Pay For The Ginnel To Be Closed It Would Suit Me, Rather Than Some Poor Joe Public Pay For It, Are Pathway Is Disgusting Kids Spread It All Over Bless Em.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Why Don't The Residents Collectively Pay For A Gated Alleyway If They Seek Permission That Sounds Ok To Me.[/p][/quote]I Was Little Selfish With My Comment, I Like To See 5 People Willing To Pay For These Gated Allays, Because Bolton Council Have No Money, Even The Money From Goverment Have No Money Its Joe Public That Pays, I Would Dearly Love A Ginnal to Close It Leads Onto A Field Were People Walk The Dogs, If The Residents Would Get To Gether And Were Willing To Pay For The Ginnel To Be Closed It Would Suit Me, Rather Than Some Poor Joe Public Pay For It, Are Pathway Is Disgusting Kids Spread It All Over Bless Em. Gore Seer
  • Score: -1

1:30am Mon 11 Aug 14

Frodowhitt says...

Hey I live here after the petition got re fused,the council sent people down with a jcb to lay down stones which took 2 days ?,this walkway is very unsafe as young groups drinking hanging round and cutting through,there's lots of waste and random materials dumped in that area,they could of just boarded it off costing them a lot less for the price of fencing,but also in police time in frequent visits for break ins vandalism and petty crimes,this doesn't make sense to me,we are not allowed to pay or do the work ourselves as the council would just remove it.if you agree with is for closing this please ring the council to help us thanks
Hey I live here after the petition got re fused,the council sent people down with a jcb to lay down stones which took 2 days ?,this walkway is very unsafe as young groups drinking hanging round and cutting through,there's lots of waste and random materials dumped in that area,they could of just boarded it off costing them a lot less for the price of fencing,but also in police time in frequent visits for break ins vandalism and petty crimes,this doesn't make sense to me,we are not allowed to pay or do the work ourselves as the council would just remove it.if you agree with is for closing this please ring the council to help us thanks Frodowhitt
  • Score: 1

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