RESIDENTS in York will be asked again whether they want alleygates installed, after council officials admitted making mistakes in the original consultation.

City of York Council had decided to drop plans to fit a gate to the alley linking Nunmill Street and Bishopthorpe Road after a report said most residents were against it, despite 18 of the 28 people asked actually being in favour of the plans.

The level of support fell when changes to rubbish collections were taken into account, but most residents still supported the proposal on a 15-13 vote.

A second consultation, apologising for the error, will now be held, but will also outline some of the difficulties alleygating would cause.

It will say people could have difficulties getting out of their cars to close the gates and this may mean them being left open and becoming “ineffective”, and will say there was “strong feeling” against waste collection changes.