Organs Alley gated by Gloucester City Council
GATES are to be fitted in a Gloucester city centre alley notorious for people urinating and sexual activity.
Organs Alley, which runs from Eastgate Street to Russell Street, will be made secure after city councillors approved plans for gates to be installed that will only allow access for neighbouring property owners.
It marks the end of a long-running campaign started by Butlers bar owner Justin Hudson.
Mr Hudson said: "We live here 24/7 and I'm chuffed to bits. If there's one word that sums this up, it is 'safer'.
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"Some haters have said they think I just want to use it as an extension to my bar, but that's not the case.
"It is going to be much safer for the students in the accommodation here.
"There are other access points less than 30 seconds away for those that need to get through."
Councillor Jennie Dallimore, cabinet member for communities, said: "There are lots of things happening down there that are detrimental to the city such as antisocial behaviour and problems such as urinating, vomiting and sexual activity."
She added that residents she had spoken to did not report much of the antisocial behaviour to the police because it happened on a regular occurrence.
Eleven people backed the plan during a five-week consultation, and there was one objection, fearing it would impact on disabled users of the alley.
One daily user of the alley, who said he was fed up with the 'stench' is city councillor Saj Patel, cabinet member for the environment.
He said: "All you can smell is the stench of urine. Within close proximity to this alley there are alternative routes from Eastgate Street to Russell Street so I support the gating order."
Calls by nearby resident Kay Powell for CCTV to be installed rather than the gates were previously rejected by councillors. They said that one camera alone would cost in the region of £22,000.
But she said: "Gating one alley will simply move the problems elsewhere."
Cotswold Interiors boss Kim Peterson agreed.
"It won't make a difference to the mess outside our front door," she said.