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Clayhall homeowners plan to block off their road to non-residents with gates

PUBLISHED: 15:07 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 26 February 2018

Park View Gardens from the air. Picture: Google Maps

Park View Gardens from the air. Picture: Google Maps

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Residents in Clayhall are planning to install a gate at either end of their road so only people that live there can access the street.

Inhabitants of Park View Gardens are working with councillors to secure the road after a spate of burglaries and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Councillor Robert Cole said he has heard about incidents on this road for more years then he cares to remember and met with residents to discuss options.

“Children used to cut into the fence to gain access to the park, although changing the fence material has helped with this,” he said.

“When I met with residents, so many cars drove down there and used the road to cut through.

“It is in the early stages but we are looking into the costs of installing a gate.”

The money for the gate will be part funded through the Alley gate scheme.

Redbridge Council can pay up to 50per cent towards the installation of gates to restrict access to vulnerable alleyways.

Residents would pay the remainder.

Typically alley gate schemes cost in excess of £1,000 depending on the number of gates, the width of entrances and whether railings are needed as well.

Much of the work in setting up an alley gate scheme is the responsibility of residents and new applicants must work with their neighbours to ask for funding.

It is also advised to seek support from your Neighbourhood Watch where possible, and Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The road must have a history of anti-social behaviour or burglary.

Community activist, Pranav Bhanot, 29, has been working with Clayhall Conservatives and said that in this climate, it is important to do as much as possible to ensure that residents are safe and feel safe.

“I don’t think everybody knows about this scheme so we are educating them about it and point them in the right direction to apply,” he said

“It is very important to us to work with residents and we spoke about gates at a residents meeting on Saturday in Torquay Gardens.”

For more information email: alley.gate@redbridge.gov.uk or call 020 8708 5974.


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