‘Operation Gate It’ has just been completed after being carried out over two years in Hadley Road, Sherwood Park Road, Castleton Road and Tavistock Crescent in Pollards Hill.
The Home Office-funded scheme gave residents a grant to erect gates in the alleyways behind their homes in an effort to cut crime in those areas regularly affected by fly tipping, burglary and anti-social behaviour.
Merton Community Safety Trust (MCST), a crime reduction charity, worked with the Home Office and Groundwork Merton to install the steel gates on time. MCST has arranged an Alleygate Insurance Policy for existing and future projects of a similar nature within the borough.
Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality said:
“The gates are a great way of stopping fly-tipping, vandalism and burglary which occur in the borough’s alleyways.”
Albert Robinson, Hadley Road resident said:
“Since the gates were installed I feel safer using the alleyway as there is less risk of coming across someone up to no good.”
For more information or advice about starting an alleygate project call the Alleygate Coordinator on 020 8545 3317.