An Alley is a lane to which both pedestrians and (in most cases) vehicles can gain access. Alleys usually run behind blocks of houses (in Cardiff these are predominantly Victorian houses) and can have entrances and exits in one or more streets.
Alleys are usually classed as ‘adopted highways’, although private alleyways also exist in the city. Maintenance of adopted highways is managed by the Council’s Highways Service Area. Generally there is a public right of way over an adopted alley and so in most instances it is not possible to permanently “stop up”, or close it.
However, as a last resort to tackle high levels of crime and antisocial behaviour it may be feasible to place a Public Spaces Protection Order on the lane and erect alley gates. The example below shows a typical alley, which crosses the pavement and links to the main road.
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