RESIDENTS hope a tirade of anti-social behavior will soon end after approval was given for a gate in Brighton’s Nightmare Alley.
Pool Passage couple Hughie and Chris O’Neill have witnessed sexual activity, alleged drug use, vandalism and were subjected to vile verbal abuse in the narrow alleyway outside their home.
Brighton and Hove City Council were initially reluctant to help, Hughie said, after the couple endured two years of agony.
But after a relentless six-month campaign by The Argus, the City Council issued a public space prevention order that provides for a lockable gate at the south entrance to the Pool Passage.
Hughie said: “Residents would like to thank The Argus for their campaign and support, also Councilors Tom Druitt and Alex Phillips and our MP Caroline Lucas for their help and guidance. Also the police who have been very proactive in supporting the residents with patrols and helping to get the gate approved.
“We are very pleased with the outcome,” added Hughie, on behalf of the newly formed Pool Passage Residents’ Association.
“A gate will reduce and prevent crime and help the community feel safe and less threatened. Residents are always on high alert and afraid of what they might encounter in the passageway.
“Installing a gate will help prevent anti-social behavior, attacks on residents, burglaries, drug dealing, peeing, pooping, vomiting, graffiti, sexual acts, blood and needles on the floor, yelling and general anti-social behavior that we experience . ”
The Council’s Tourism, Equality, Communities and Culture Committee made the decision at its September 15 meeting.
A consultation with residents and businesses in the area revealed overwhelming support for the gate.
“There were no objections to the proposal from residents or others consulted,” the report said.
“The statements from residents are supported by crime and incident data from Sussex Police, which shows a significant level of reported crime in Pool Passage and a strong link to crime and anti-social behavior in Pool Valley, suggesting that the proposed site of the gate would be of aid in disrupting activity and protecting residents and traders along the Pool Passage.”
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES of sexual activity in the Pool Passage
The gate is expected to be placed at the Pool Passage in the next few weeks, the City Council said, although an exact date has not yet been confirmed.
The gate will be locked between 7pm and 9am every day – with responsibility for opening and closing with residents.
Councilors Tom Druitt and Alex Phillips recently pledged £1,500 to the project.
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