Jeyes Jetty alleyway gated

Published: Friday, 05 March 2021

Jeyes Jetty in Northampton town centre has been closed to pedestrians from today, Friday, 5 March 2021.

The narrow alley between the Drapery and College Street that has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour, will be gated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with access to College Street still available via Gold Street or through Swan Yard.

The gates have been fitted with plaques at both ends. The plaque fitted at the Drapery end will be a tribute to Bradley Matcham and the College street end plaque marks the historic significance of Jeyes Jetty.

The results of a consultation in May 2019 showed that 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.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said:“Jeyes Jetty has come under scrutiny in recent years after a rise in anti-social behaviour in the area, which its layout and location, away from the main flow of footfall and reach of CCTV, seems to attract.

“By gating this alleyway through the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that is in place we hope this will deter future anti-social behaviour in the area and will help to improve the quality of life for local people.”

 Ms Sarah Matcham, Bradley's mother, said: “Finally the Jeyes Jetty alleyway is now gated and closed to pedestrians. A tribute to my beautiful son Bradley. It has taken over 15 years to get to this day and no one is more relieved than myself Bradley's mum.

“Bradley my son was killed with one punch at the entrance of the Jeyes Jetty alleyway in February 2019 trying to get to his friend in the alleyway. Bradley was an amazing 24-year-old young man with his life ahead of him, he touched the hearts of everyone with his smile and kindness.

“October 16th, 2019 will be a day I shall never forget it was just a week before what would have been Bradley's 25th birthday. On that night I spoke from my heart to the Northampton Borough Council cabinet asking for a PSPO under section 17 of the crime and disorder act 1998 to be granted and the Jeyes  Jetty alleyway closed to the public due to the years of anti-social behaviour, crime and now my son's death.

“Through the Public Space Protection Order introduced today we see the Jeyes Jetty alleyway gated and locked to pedestrians. A legacy to Bradley, this area has become a safer place for the general public.”

More information is available on Northampton Borough Council website.