Key deal ends row over gate at shops.
Noel Downey, 48, who owns Auto Pitstop in Jubilee Crescent, Radford, Coventry, was furious when a gate belonging to a private firm went up at an entrance to an alley behind his property last week.
Mr Downey and some friends removed the gate after letters and a petition failed to resolve the problem.
He claimed the gate prevented emergency vehicle access to Jubilee Crescent and put him and his wife Pauline, 48, in danger because they were forced to go down a dark alley after work.
He negotiated with the owners of the gate and put it back up on the condition all shops and businesses on the street were given keys.
Mr Downey said: "It's now been resolved but it's a shame that it had to come down to this."