Flintshire residents are considering whether or not to install sliding gates at an alleyway to curb crime and anti-social behaviour.

Plans are in place to put metal gates at both ends of an alley that links two roads in Saltney, the Flintshire Chronicle reports.

The security proposal is in response to drunken behaviour in the alleyway.

Access would be restricted to the emergency services, the council and utility companies. Residents with mobility problems would also be given keys.

However, residents are divided over the plans. A petition with 28 names has been submitted that is against the idea, while a 50-name petition supported the scheme.Some residents are concerned that putting in gates will make the walk to a bus stop longer, but a council spokesperson said the new route would add an extra 0.5km on foot.

Last month, the introduction of metal gates in two Welsh towns was credited with cutting crime.

Vale of Glamorgan's Alley Gates scheme has helped to reduce fly-tipping, vandalism and dog fouling in Barry and Penarth, Wales Online reported.

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