BOLTON Council is asking residents to have their say on orders that allow alley gates to be installed on roads and pavements which they believe is helping the fight to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Alley gates have been fitted in some areas of the borough for this purpose under gating orders or public spaces protection orders (PSPOs).

But the orders are now due for review and the council is asking for residents' views as to whether they think they should be extended or not.

The local authority has backed the powers of the orders.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: "Alley gates help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

"We want to extend existing orders which allow us to install alley gates across roads and pavements."

People in the borough are invited to fill in a form to let the local authority know if you wish the PSPO on the alley gate in their area to continue, or if they would prefer the gate to be removed.

A PSPO can last for up to three years after which it must be reviewed.

If the review supports an extension, and other requirements are satisfied, it may be extended for up to a further three years.

To complete the council survey click here.

It is is open until the deadline of August 12.