Safer Stockport Partnership successfully closes nuisance property
Published by Anonymous for Stockport Homes in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
Stockport Homes, Stockport Council and Greater Manchester Police have successfully secured a Nuisance Premises Closure Order on the Swythamley Estate in Cheadle. The order came after months of planning and evidence gathering by Stockport Homes’ staff and Greater Manchester Police.
The tenants had been causing serious nuisance, disorder and intimidating and threatening residents in the area for some time. Residents living nearby were subjected to:
- intimidation, verbal abuse and threats;
- large numbers of callers to the address at all times of the day, evening and the early hours of the morning;
- drug and alcohol abuse on the Swythamley Estate and in the property;
- violent incidents in the street; and
- loud parties continuing into the early hours
Residents in the area began to have fear of the ongoing nuisance and disorder and felt harassed and intimidated by the occupants of the property and their visitors. Residents felt trapped in their own home and unable to deal with the matter for fear of reprisals.
Staff from Stockport Homes, Stockport Council and Greater Manchester Police contacted residents about the problems they were experiencing and as through close collaborative working enough evidence was secured for a Closure Notice to be served under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.
A closure hearing took place at Stockport Magistrates Court on Tuesday 26November 2013. The tenants were not present in court when the order was made.
The court found that the closure order was necessary to protect the public, in particular local residents, from further disorder at the property. The closure order was granted for three months during which time no one is allowed to enter the property.
Stockport Homes also applied for anti-social behavior (ASB) injunctions against two of the tenants, who had been one of the main causes of the ASB from the property, to exclude them from the estate.
The work carried out by Stockport Homes, Stockport Council and Greater Manchester Police has demonstrated the commitment of the Safer Stockport Partnership in tackling nuisance and ASB in Stockport and has made a real difference to the residents of the Swythamley Estate.
April Higson, Director of Housing Management at Stockport Homes said, “This is excellent example of partnership working, whereby the community and multi-agency partnership have made a determined stand against ASB. We will not tolerate ASB in Stockport and this action will give local residents a welcome reprieve from the chronic ASB they have had to endure from this family.”
Councillor Mark Weldon, the Deputy Leader of Stockport Council and Executive Member for Corporate, Customer and Community Services, said: “Stockport is a fantastic place to live work and visit and we are determined to take appropriate action against those people who behave in an anti-social way. This case should serve a warning that anti-social behaviour will not be accepted in Stockport and action will be taken to safeguard residents.”