... they are left open all the time.
A group of residents came to the surgery the other day to point out that they were getting no security from the alleygates at two entrances to a T shaped alley because the gates were almost always left open. Everyone understands the need to have gates open for a few minutes for deliveries etc - but no one wants them propped wide open all day long. Not only does it completly ruin the security reason why they are there, it also invites the odd bit of flytipping. Anyway yesterday some polite letters went out to people living alongside the alley, including some businesses which back on to it. Hopefully this will make a difference.