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Plans to block alley are shelved

PUBLISHED: 18:01 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:44 11 August 2010

PEOPLE have persuaded the council to scrap an idea to block off St Awdry s Way opposite the rail station in Barking. Residents of St Awdry s Road and surrounding streets use the pathway to access Vicarage Field shopping centre, and the station to get to w

PEOPLE have persuaded the council to scrap an idea to block off St Awdry's Way opposite the rail station in Barking.

Residents of St Awdry's Road and surrounding streets use the pathway to access Vicarage Field shopping centre, and the station to get to work.

In a consultation letter from the council to households the reason given for the proposed closure was to tackle anti-social behaviour.

But following people's objections and a meeting between councillors and council street management staff last week, it was decided not to close the walkway.

Other means of curbing anti-social behaviour in the area will now be looked into on behalf of the residents.

Jeffrey Kellman of St Awdry's Road said: "It was a ridiculous suggestion, that alleyway is convenient for everyone in this street.

Abbey Ward Councillor, Jeanne Alexander, said: "Police were concerned about the walkway attracting crime

"We did the consultation to see if closing it was something residents thought was necessary for the area.

"Obviously it is not, so it is not going to happen.


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