FRESH proposals have been made for lockable gates to installed around a footpath due to concerns about crime.

The gates and fencing will be installed across land located to the south of Bryn Walk and Dingle Walk in Halliwell if the plans, laid out by Bolton Council, are realised.

This comes after repeated instances of crime and anti-social behaviour, primarily offences such as robberies and on-street substance misuse, occurring in the area.

In a statement, the authority said: “The council must be sure that this is the right thing to do, so as a local resident, land or property owner, someone who works in the area, or other interested party, it’s very important that you give us your views to help us decide whether to go ahead with this scheme or not.”

The plans will see Bolton Council, Bolton at Home and the emergency services hold keys for the gates, where they cover the footpath found behind Downhall Green.

This comes not long after a similar approach saw the backstreet behind Back Bar Lane in Astley Bridge gated off due to concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.

The plans are open for consultation until November 1.