How an Issue is Tackled
When an issue is reported, either via the police, another agency or by residents themselves, the Council will:
- Investigate the matter.
- Try to determine the culprits.
- Gather usable evidence.
- Take appropriate action to address the problem.
It is recognised that anti-social behaviour causes harm to individuals and the community, and must be stopped as soon as possible.
The Council has the power to tackle anti social behaviour regardless of whether the perpetrator is a council tenant, private tenant, homeowner or organisation.
The goal of any action is to:
- Protect victims, witnesses and the community.
- Enable the perpetrator to understand the consequences of their behaviour.
- Make sure the perpetrator changes their behaviour.
Measures that can be used by Council, police, and other agencies, such as registered social landlords, housing trusts and youth offending teams, include:
- Warning letters and interviews, contracts, and agreements.
- Fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder.
- Parenting orders.
- Individual support orders.
- Noise abatement notices.
- Dispersal powers.
- Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs).
- ‘Crack house’ closure orders.
- Possession proceedings against a tenant.
There are a range of supportive intervention methods available that can help individuals and/or their families change their own behaviour, and enable them to tackle some of the underlying problems.
The District Council is also involved in organising activities for young people and referring them onto existing schemes being run in the area, as well as working with schools and youth groups to get the message across about anti-social behaviour, its effects and implications