New alley gates make town centre safer

New alley gates have been installed off Northgate by Blackburn BID to reduce fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.  

The wrought iron gates have been funded and installed by Blackburn town centre BID as part of their ‘Safe and Secure’ priority for the town centre.  

Catherine Price, Blackburn town centre BID Manager, said: “There have been numerous reports of fly tipping, anti-social and criminal behaviour experienced by those businesses who back on to the alleyway.  

“Bespoke gates with vehicle and pedestrian access have now been installed in the alleyway off Northgate, adjacent to Baileys jewellers and to the rear of McDonalds and Yorkshire Building Society.  

“We are also working on the second phase of the scheme which will see alley gates installed further along Northgate to make the area even safer.”  

The alley gates have been welcomed by businesses affected.   

Eileen Murphy, Brand Manager for Blackburn McDonalds, said: “I speak on behalf of the retailers and residents surrounding the alleyway. The installation of the Northgate alley gates has given us a sense of safety and security for our properties and our staff’s welfare. Thank you to Blackburn BID for enabling this long-awaited project to become a reality.”  

Other initiatives delivered by Blackburn BID under the ‘Safe and Secure’ priority include funding town centre Police Officers in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, providing town centre security patrols, and working closely with Blackburn Businesses Against Crime (BBAC). 

CAPTION: Representatives from Baileys Jewellers, McDonald’s Restaurants, Welcome Shop and Cash Generator pictured at the newly installed alley gates supplied by Blackburn town centre BID.  

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