Code-controlled gate in Hendon is given green light

Park Place in Hendon.
Park Place in Hendon.

Plans for the gates to be locked with a code-controlled padlock in Park Place, Hendon have been given the go-ahead this month.

A residents group, Park Place People, took charge of the plans and sent out voting forms to the street’s residents.

The move comes after a rise in the crime rates on the street, with anti-social behaviour and littering also becoming an issue.

Alison Doering, secretary of Park Place People, was heavily involved in the planning.

Ms Doering said: “Generally, I am delighted that all the hard work and hours of effort have paid off. I will feel so much safer and secure knowing not just anyone can pass through the street.

“Mainly though, I will enjoy walking through the street so much more when we have cleared up the litter and are able to take more pride in our area.”

Over the past few months there have been a number of attempted break-ins on Park Place, which has been a huge concern for its residents.

Park Place will become the third street in the area to have the access gates to the street restricted to the general public.

Another resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “If the probability of any crime taking place can be even slightly reduced, it’s better for all.

“We feel it’s a positive move for the street to have voted in favour of the locked gates, and certainly a better option than just hoping for the best.”

Nearby St Bede’s Terrace and The Oaks had their gates fitted with a similar lock following a spree of anti-social behaviour.

Once the work is completed, the code will be passed on to residents and landlords who own properties on the street.

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