‘Anti-social’ Peterborough alley re-opened after closure

Items found in the alley. Picture: Barclays Bank
Items found in the alley. Picture: Barclays Bank
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A Peterborough city centre alleyway which had been shut over anti-social behaviour concerns has been re-opened.

Used drug needles, knives and even human excrement had been found in Guildhall Walk, which runs from Priestgate to Cathedral Square alongside Barclays Bank.

Rubbish found in the alley. Picture: Barclays Bank

Rubbish found in the alley. Picture: Barclays Bank

Fences and gates were erected by the bank this month to prevent more anti-social behaviour.

Now the fences have been removed after it was revealed the bank needed planning permission to install them.

A Barclays spokesman said: “The situation behind our branch at Church Street, Peterborough, which has been on-going since February, has caused a considerable amount of unpleasant issues and distress and we therefore took the steps of erecting the fencing to safeguard our staff.

“We have been made aware by the council that we need to gain planning permission and we will work closely with them to resolve this matter.

The alley

The alley

“In the meantime, and until this is resolved, Guildhall Walk will remain open.”

The decision to close the alleyway had caused controversy, with sustainable transport charity Sustrans saying the closure would hit cyclists who are unable to use Bridge Street during the day.

And Green Party member Darren Bisby-Boyd started a petition to keep the alleyway open because of the effect it would have on homeless people using it as a shelter.

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “ We have been contacted by residents about the works being carried out by Barclays in Guildhall Walk.

“On investigation, we found these works need planning permission and we have invited Barclays to submit a retrospective planning application. We would like to thank Barclays for their continuing cooperation in resolving this matter and recognise that they have had to deal with some anti-social issues at the back of their building which have affected their staff.”