HC Deb 22 March 2004 vol 419 cc526-7W
13. Jane Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to support the gating of alleys to tackle anti-social behaviour. [162531]

Fiona Mactaggart

On 5 March we launched "Operation Gate it"—a new fund to tackle anti-social behaviour in alleyways. This fund is in partnership with Groundwork UK and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. It will run from April this year to March 2006.

Gating is just one of many solutions to these problems however and will not always be appropriate. So, through "Gate It", local communities will be able to bid for lighting/landscaping/CCTV funding— as well as gates.