Rowdy Northampton alleyway gated to stop street drinkers and fly-tipping

Marble Arch alleyway has now been gated off after Cabinet gave the decision the green light.
Marble Arch alleyway has now been gated off after Cabinet gave the decision the green light.

The introduction of a new public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has seen a problem alleyway in Northampton gated to cut down on anti-social behaviour.

Gates were added to both the Barrack Road and Ash Street ends of Marble Arch passageway on Friday, January 12 following a public consultation in 2017.

Over 80 per cent of people who responded in the consultation between May and August, voted in favour of the area being permanently gated in a bid to cut down on anti-social behaviour such as street drinking and fly-tipping.

Any breach of this new PSPO, which is the second to be implemented in the town, would be a criminal offence and could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution, resulting in a fine of up to £1,000 on conviction.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “As soon as the PSPO for Marble Arch was agreed to a Cabinet, we applied for the relevant planning permission and licensing to allow for the order to be implemented in early 2018.

“We hope the newly installed gates will deter future anti-social behaviour in the area and will help to improve the quality of life for local people.”