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Gates blocking anti-social behaviour in Eastgate Street just weeks away

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

Bar owner Justin Hudson applied for a gating order last year, with security gates due to be installed within a month.

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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.”

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  • Kay_Powell  |  April 26 2014, 2:36PM

    GlosAnarchy, that's what I thought, but it turns out that the city council is the relevant highway authority for gating orders in Gloucester. I think that the power has been devolved by the county council. I seem to remember asking someone last year, but I can't find the email, so I can't quote you the relevant law.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  April 25 2014, 10:47PM

    Kay The law states that it's the Highway Authority (County Council in this case) that must make this order, if it where the the city council then I think it would be open to dispute. The gating order is also only a temporary measure and could also be for certain times of the day or days of the week.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  April 25 2014, 4:00PM

    Zinboya, it's not a public right-of-way (which is technically different from a public highway on foot). GlosAnarchy, surprisingly, it is always the district, rather than the county, council that makes a gating order (after receiving an application from a local resident or business).

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  April 25 2014, 1:04PM

    May I correct something here, the County Council as local highway authority has the power to make gating orders not a bar owner.

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  • jackson99  |  April 24 2014, 11:12PM

    Well as long as the pubs and clubs are happy thats all thats matters

  • THFC1882  |  April 24 2014, 10:21PM

    Jeez, not this man again !

  • zinboya  |  April 24 2014, 8:16PM

    Have not been into the city for a bit, but this alley runs between Eastgate and Russel st, so surely its a right of way??, if so, then the people have a right to complain if they it close it of.

  • Apothegm_  |  April 24 2014, 4:45PM

    I thought the rising bollards were suppose to remove any possibility of antisocial behaviour?

  • Kay_Powell  |  April 24 2014, 3:09PM

    There have been very few reports of the claimed crimes or anti-social behaviour that has led to the gating order. So, either they do not exist or they have not been reported and officially logged.

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