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Gates to be installed at town's trouble hotspot

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Gates to be installed at town's trouble hotspot thumbnailGates are to be erected along a stretch linking Castle Place with John Wesley Street following concerns over anti-social behaviour.

TWO three metre high gates are to be installed at a notorious anti-social behaviour hotspot in the town centre in a bid to quell weekend disorder, it has emerged. 

Local business owners - backed by elected representatives - have been calling for action to address the spiralling volume of anti-social behaviour in the Castle Street area, particularly at weekends.

In recent months there have been reports of groups of drunken teenagers congregating in and around an alleyway on Friday and Saturday nights, many who are reportedly engaging in intimidating behaviour.

There have also been incidences of bins being set alight to the rear of retail premises, vandalism to cars and property, smashed glass and threatening behaviour towards staff.

The escalating criminality had led to repeated calls for the erection of gates at the alley running from Castle Street to John Wesley Street in a bid to deter teenagers from gathering there.

Those calls culminated in a proposal for a Gating Order being brought before a meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Health and Communities committee last Thursday.

Councillors approved the order and the decision is expected to be ratified at tomorrow's (Thursday) full council meeting.

Once ratified, the two gates at a combined cost of 3,590 will be erected at either end of the alleyway in the coming weeks.

Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) and the local Policing and Community Ssafety Partnership (PCSP) have agreed to cover the cost of the manufacture and installation of the gates with council responsible for the future maintenance of the gates and ongoing public liability.

 

“An informal consultation has been carried out with businesses trading in the area with all those consulted in favour of the installation of the gates as a deterrent to ongoing criminal activity and anti-social behaviour," a report presented to councillors stated.

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