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Alley gating

​​​​​We are currently committed to a number of schemes across the city to tackle high levels of crime and anti‐social behaviour associated ​with alleyways.


There are various approaches considered to reduce problems associated with alleys, and in areas of high concern alley gating may be considered as a last resort.

Alley gating

Public Spaces Protection Orders (Alley gating) is the restriction of access to an alleyway by installing lockable gates. The aim is to reduce the opportunity to commit crime and anti-social behaviour. Residents are each given a key to access the alleyway.


Current gate applications

Please note: All Gating Orders are subject to the provisions of Public Spaces Protection Orders

All orders on this site referred to as Gating Orders are now transitional Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).  These Orders are no longer subject to the provisions of the Highway Act 1980, but are now subject to the provisions of the ASB, Crime & Policing Act 2014 (the Act), in line with the transitional provisions under section 75 of the Act. 

What does this mean?

The Restrictions and Schedules remain the same as those detailed in the original Gating Order. However, PSPOs can only be made for a maximum of 3 years.  All transitional orders are due to expire on 19/10/2020, although they may be extended for a further 3 years upon review.  There is no limit to the number of extensions that may be considered.

Gating orders in place

Do you need to request an alley gate key?

If you own a property (as a landlord, owner occupier or business owner) adjoining a gated lane, you are entitled to a key to lock and unlock the alley gate.  

Landlords, owner occupiers and business owners of these properties can obtain a new or replacement key by going to The City Centre Advice Hub, Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1FL.

Please ensure you bring 2 forms of ID (including one photographic) to prove your address. Replacement or additional keys will be charged at £10.00 per key.

Tenants will also need to bring written consent from their landlord to be able to collect a key.


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