NEW alleygates to combat burglars, thugs and vandals are on the way for worried residents of a Blackburn street.

Concerned householders in Johnston Street, Wensley Fold, have petitioned Blackburn with Darwen council to introduce the scheme to block off the ginnels at the backs of their houses.

It is hoped the gates will reduce graffiti, fly-tipping, dog fouling, rubbish fires and other ‘environmental crime’ which has plagued the area.

Officials have told the executive board that the £6,500 required funds are available.

Senior councillors will meet on Thursday and are likely to give the plans the go ahead.