Northampton shortcut 'famous' for anti-social behaviour and human waste could be gated off

Northampton residents are being asked if they want to see a gate installed on town centre alleyway to curb anti-social behaviour.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 1:35 pm
The shortcut on the Drapery is a persistent hotspot for anti-social behaviour and illicit activities.

Jeyes Jetty, which runs between the Drapery and College Street and is between Timpsons and the former DW Sports Store, has for many years been a persistent hotspot for illicit activities and anti-social behaviour such as urinating, defecating and drug dealing.

But a plan is now underway to gate the shortcut 24-hours a day - preventing the public from walking using it ever again.

The proposal was raised at Northampton Borough Council's full cabinet meeting in May.

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A borough council plan could gate the walkway at both ends permanently.

Now, Northampton residents are being asked if they would support gating Jeyes Jetty for good.

The plan would create a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to gate the shortcut - but first, the council needs to hold a consultation on the proposal.

If Cabinet approves the change, Jeyes Jetty will be gated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with access to College Street still available via Gold Street or through Swan Yard.

It comes after a similar gate was installed on Marble Arch in the Mounts in January 2018.

PSPOs are used in public spaces to help address a range of anti-social behaviour issues and prevent future problems.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Over the past 18 months we’ve been working closely with partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre and improve the environment for shoppers.

“Jeyes Jetty has come under scrutiny in recent years after a rise in anti-social behaviour in the area, which its layout and location, away from the main flow of footfall and reach of CCTV, seems to attract. We think gating the jetty is a good way to prevent these issues, but we want to hear from the public before we take action.”