An alleyway in Hayes that was a magnet to antisocial behaviour has been made safer thanks to Hillingdon Council.
New lights have been installed along the alleyway, linking East Avenue and Coldharbour Lane, and a courtyard area next to it has been gated. The alleyway has also been cleared of rubbish, including an abandoned car.
Working with the local community, the police and business owners, the council invested nearly £5,000 in the alley gating scheme to cut fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles and criminal activity in the area.
The council’s community safety team also secured an agreement from businesses in the area to contribute funding to the scheme and take responsibility for its upkeep and running costs.
Hillingdon Council regeneration boss councillor Douglas Mills said: “We want to encourage people to feel positive about spending time in the Hayes area and we know that alley gating and adding lights in this location will help to achieve this.
“Coldharbour Lane is also the focus for the first phase of Hayes town centre regeneration starting later this month, which will bring further improvements to street lighting and increased footfall throughout Hayes town centre. The regeneration will also design out crime and make it safer and more pleasant for all residents and businesses.”