Closing the gate on Eastgate Street drug dealers in Gloucester
AN alleyway renowned as a drug-dealing haven could be closed to the public to help stamp out crime.
A gating order to install a key-pad controlled gateway at either end of the alleyway adjacent to Butlers bar in Eastgate Street has been applied for.
It is hoped the move will force dealers away from the street.
Butlers manager Justin Hudson says criminals have been using the alley as a cover for daylight deals, as well as at night.
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"We are taking the problem of drugs and the effect it is having on our business seriously," he said. "A gate to block that area off is the best way to do that, but it will remain as a working environment and emergency services will have access.
"It is part of a three- pronged attack in our fight against drugs.
"We are also handing out lifetime bans to anyone caught using drugs on the premises, have increased signage around the bar about our drug policy and increased door staff."
City councillor Tarren Randell has been working with Butlers.
"Drug dealing is an issue in that area and it does have an effect on businesses," she said.
A city council spokesman said a gateway will not happen overnight.
"We have started a six-week consultation with residents, police and businesses to find examples of crime, anti-social behaviour and any environmental crimes," he said.