Residents in Nuthall are hoping a jitty near their homes will be closed after Nottinghamshire County Council meets to discuss the matter next week.
People living near the alleyway in Nottingham Road say it has been a notorious hotspot for anti-social behaviour and crime for almost 20 years, with youths causing ‘untold amounts of problems’.
But the report being presented to councillors at the meeting next Wednesday recommends it is kept open because a public consultation revealed this was the wish of 80 per cent of people in the area.
The alleyway between Nottingham Road and Cederland Crescent is used by youths as a hang out to drink booze, and is a quick and easy escape route for them, say locals.
Residents who live nearby have had their houses and cars broken into, bricks and excrement thrown over their garden walls, and their properties graffitied, and say if it was closed it would put a stop to the crime.
Neil Codd said: “It’s been ongoing for ages and is nothing but a bone of contention,” he said.
“Bricks and excrement being thrown over, car damage, bikes stolen - you name it.
“I have been a victim of crime several times and my neighbours have had a tremendous amount of damage done to their properties.”
Mr Codd, 55, said years ago a group of residents in the road did a citizens arrest, but it caused them more trouble than it was worth.
He said the problems died down for a period about ten years ago, but returned, and are slowly becoming worse and worse again.
The alleyway is between the Nuthall pub and the BP filling station in Nottingham Road.
A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire County Council said the outcome would depend on what was said during discussion at the meeting next Wednesday.
He said to secure a ‘gating order’ the council had to look the effects shutting it off would have, and said there had to be ‘substantial evidence’ it contributed to crime in the area.
A survey revealed 80 per cent of local people wanted it keeping open, and there had been no crime reported in the last 12 months, he added.