More cops, not gate

I WOULD not say that Tony Webster is making a lot of fuss about nothing ( Passageway Access under Threat Again, October 25) but he is certainly making a lot of fuss about not very much – no more than has to be put up with by all of us who live in the tow

I WOULD not say that Tony Webster is making a lot of fuss about nothing ("Passageway Access under Threat Again," October 25) but he is certainly making a lot of fuss about not very much - no more than has to be put up with by all of us who live in the town centre.

The anti-social behaviour and morning litany of vomit, urine, waste food and take-away packaging is common to most of the many lanes that make up the centre of our otherwise lovely town.

The situation is quite clear. Cow and Hare Passage is a public right of way, has been so, by all accounts, for the last 300 years and the residents do not have the right to stop other townspeople using it by day or night. If Cow and Hare is gated, next could be Foundry Walk, then Bull Lane - and while we are about it, if there is trouble in Bridge Street, gate that as well. Gates only move the trouble from one place to another.

No. The answer lies in active policing. We need more foot patrols on the streets throughout the so-called quiet hours. This is what we should all be pressing for, not illegal gates across rights of way.


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P ALLAN

St Ives

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