Wellingborough alleyway gated off to stop anti-social behaviour and drug dealing

“This alleyway has been causing us problems for a long time"

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:42 pm

Community concerns have led to an alleyway plagued by anti-social behaviour and drug dealing being gated off.

A gate has been installed in Olympic Way, Wellingborough, in response to concerns from members of the public.

The action was taken after residents raised concerns to officers and councillors about problems related to the alleyway, which is near a local school and a doctor’s surgery.

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The alleyway in Olympic Way, Wellingborough, has been gated off

Complaints about it being used to deal drugs from, to fly-tip in, and being a hotspot for anti-social behaviour have been received by both the police and Wellingborough Council.

So the council and Northamptonshire Police took action and a steel gate was installed this week, cutting off access to the alleyway to all members of the public.

Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Chris Stevens said: “This alleyway has been causing us problems for a long time and this was reflected in the number of complaints we, and the local

council, were receiving about it.

The alleyway has become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour and drug dealing

“Listening to the community and responding to their concerns is the most important part of neighbourhood policing, and this gate is a direct result of this kind of engagement.

“It also improves the look and feel of the area, something which we’re working hard on as part of Operation Revive.”

Wellingborough Council leader Martin Griffiths said: “This project demonstrates how partner agencies and the local community can work together to identify and resolve local areas of

concern.

"The aim is that similar collaborative work will continue to occur as part of Operation Revive.”

Operation Revive is a multi-partnership project involving Wellingborough Council, Greatwell Homes, Social Care, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, health and mental health services, which looks to address the issue of rising violence and anti-social behaviour in the town.

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