Closure of Alleyways (Queensway)

Why are we doing this?: 

The Safer Streets Fund is a £25m fund, available to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) in England and Wales in 2020/21.

PCCs were asked to work with partners, to design and deliver local crime prevention plans with the outcome of reducing acquisitive crimes through prevention, therefore making residents feel safer.

North Wales Bids

Following analysis of the areas in North Wales that met the criteria of being particularly affected by acquisitive crime, two bids were submitted to the fund, one being Queensway in Wrexham.

In July 2020 the Home Office announced that the North Wales bids were both successful, together with another 50 across England and Wales. The project for Queensway was awarded £550,000.

Queensway Allocation

 The funding will be used to include the following:       

 

  • Increase CCTV and ANPR coverage
  • Improve natural surveillance within the area through the provision of new lighting and upgrade of existing lighting.
  • Provide alley gating to control access to identified alleys.
  • Demolition of garage blocks, and replacing with car parking area (subject to planning permission).
  • Provide additional fencing outside of those currently being funded by the Borough Council.
  • Delivery and installation of 870 burglary crime prevention packs to those residents whose property is vulnerable to rear entry.
  • Training for community wardens and volunteers to allow the residents to take action themselves to prevent crime.
  • An Environmental Fund.

This consultation concentrates on Wrexham County Borugh Council's action to stop up the following highways with gates in the Queensway ward of Caia Park.

Alley gate 2 footpaths next to 85/86 and 94/95 Bryn Hafod

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 82 Cefndre.

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 89 Cefndre.

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 126 Cefndre

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 59 Gwenfro to 66 Gwenfro

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 155 Gwenfro (previously gated in the past)

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 37/38 Y Wern

What do we want to know?: 

Residents views on Wrexham County Borough Council's action to stop up the following highways with gates in the Queensway ward of Caia Park.

Alley gate 2 footpaths next to 85/86 and 94/95 Bryn Hafod

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 82 Cefndre.

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 89 Cefndre.

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 126 Cefndre

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 59 Gwenfro to 66 Gwenfro

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 155 Gwenfro (previously gated in the past)

Alley gate 1 footpath next to 37/38 Y Wern

 

 

Residents living nearby identified as being potential key holders will be written to individually with the plans asking for their views.  At each alleyway, information of the proposed stopping up action will be placed explaining the proposals, and how residents not identified as key holders can have their views known. The Community Council and statutory undertakers will also be written to to allow them to comment. 

What we found out: 

The majority of residents who returned their views supported the proposals.  Some mitigation would need to be found to some of the issues raised and alternative routes highlighted.

What difference has it made?: 

Following the consultation and discussions with legal, advice received was to seek a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to Alleygate the proposed areas. So another round of consultation will follow on the proposals,  it was decided however to keep all proposed areas within the second consultation.

Consultation start date 01 December 2020
Consultation end date 31 December 2020

Contact

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Guildhall
Wrexham
LL11 1AR
Gerwyn Davies