Jeyes Jetty could be gated to curb anti-social behaviour

Published: Thursday, 10 October 2019

Jeyes Jetty in Northampton town centre might soon be closed to pedestrians following the results of a consultation.

The narrow alley between the Drapery and College Street has long been a magnet for anti-social behaviour, and next Wednesday (16 October), Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet will decide whether it should be gated.

Results of a 12-week consultation – launched on 22 May this year – will be presented at the meeting, demonstrating strong support for the move.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “In recent years there has been a rise in anti-social behaviour at Jeyes Jetty, a secluded location beyond reach of CCTV.

“Based on the results of our consultation, we feel the best approach to prevent this activity is to gate the jetty.

“We are aware of the historical importance of such places but in the end we have to weigh the risks against the benefits of keeping it open.

“The matter will now be considered by Cabinet and, if agreed, a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be put in place, allowing us to get the gating process under way.”

Consultation was publicised heavily through social media and received a good amount of local press attention, and residents in the area were approached directly for their comments.

The survey focused on the frequency of anti-social behaviour at the site and public opinion on proposed alternative routes through Swan Yard and Gold Street.

Around 70 per cent of the 188 respondents voted in favour of permanently gating Jeyes Jetty, and about 47 per cent said they had suffered anti-social behaviour at the site.

In its response, Northamptonshire Police said the alleyway had been the location of sexual assault, robbery and serious violence. Northampton Fire and Rescue said they have attended several fires at the site costing a total of £7,200.

If agreed by Cabinet next week, Jeyes Jetty will become subject to a PSPO under section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Should the PSPO be agreed, planning permission will be required under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 as advised by the Borough Council’s planning team.