aN alleyway in Eastwood has been closed off because of severe problems with anti-social behaviour.
Residents living near the gitty in Malthouse Way said they were ‘prisoners in their own homes’ and their lives were ‘made a misery’ before it closed.
The gitty, now gated off at both ends, attracted youths who used to hang around drinking, smoking, drug dealing and damaging properties backing onto the alleyway.
One resident said: “Our lives have been blighted for too long. We have had syringes and empty alcohol bottles thrown over our fences and also destruction of fence panels which include some being burnt to the ground.
“We have had to tolerate the disgusting smell as it was being used as a toilet. The noise, bad language and disrespectful behaviour have made our lives a misery. We have been prisoners in our own homes, not going out or on holidays without fearing for the safety of our homes and possessions.
“Gating this footpath will not just make a huge difference to our lives, it will give us our lives back.”
The alleyway, which links with Church Street and Plumtre Way, has been a cause of problems for over two years with residents calling for something to be done about it.
Nottinghamshire County Council has worked with Nottinghamshire Police, Broxtowe Borough Council and local residents to set up the gating order.
The order will be reviewed within a year.
PCSO Teresa Billington at Eastwood Police Station said: “It was terrible for problems. Fingers crossed we shouldn’t get any complaints about closing it because it was never really used by anyone other than those causing the trouble.”