Dangerous piles of rubbish next to a popular Eastgate Street bar are risking a fire, claim some worried businesses nearby.
Cardboard stacked up next to Butler’s Bar is sometimes left for days before it is taken away, but that is set to change with new gates that will restrict access.
Organ’s Alley has been at the centre of a long running bid to have it sealed off to the public to clamp down on antisocial behaviour.
The alleyway has become a hotspot for drug taking, street drinkers and revellers urinating on a night out.
Bar owner Justin Hudson applied for a gating order last year, with security gates due to be installed within a month.
“All it would take is for someone to flick a cigarette in the rubbish and the whole lot would go up, including the building next to it,” he said.
“Cardboard is piled up by the shops nearby, sometimes it is as high as the building itself.
“There are street drinkers there in the alley so it is a big risk.
“Hopefully, when the gates are in place it will stop businesses from dumping their rubbish there.”
A licensing enforcement officer is due to step up patrols in Eastgate Street to stamp out illegal business operations and rogue taxis. Their main purpose will be to increase vigilance out of hours, particularly at night.
A plea has gone out to businesses to up their game to help improve what is on offer in Gloucester’s evening economy.
Four new ‘seagull proof’ litter bins are due to be set up close to takeaways in Eastgate Street to help improve the area’s appearance at night. The overflow car park next to the Land Registry building at Twyver House has also been offered up to help people who want to park for events at GL1.
It can also be used by visitors to the pedestrianised Eastgate Street at night. The idea evolved after a need for parking arose from the popular ‘Back in the Day’ nights at the Registry club. A £1 entry charge will be donated to charity. Evening economy champion, Tarren Randle, said: “The money will go to a cause relevant to the evening economy, such as alcohol support, domestic violence or increase the peace. We want charities to get involved by manning the car park and then taking the profits for themselves.”