ASB crackdown yields results
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Legal
A crackdown on anti-social behaviour across Dudley by a resident protection team has recorded a string of victories.
On the first anniversary of the launch of Dudley Council’s ASB team, newly released figures show that more than 1,000 cases have resolved.
Steve Waltho, cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “One year ago this month we changed how we dealt with anti-social behaviour. Previously people who were suffering from neighbourhood nuisance were put in touch with different teams, depending on their issue.
"We now have just one team of 19 anti-social behaviour specialists, drawn from across the country, who are experts in their field. The simplicity of this approach and the extra skills that we now offer is benefiting our residents."
One person who has benefited from the team’s intervention is Nick (not his real name).
He endured months of abuse and threats of violence from a neighbour. After turning to the ASB team the neighbour was evicted.
Nick said: “I lived through an absolute nightmare. Every single day I was intimidated, threatened and shouted at and I reached the end of my tether.
“The anti-social behaviour team was brilliant. It wasn’t a quick fix because of all the processes that needed to be gone through, but I was advised and supported and the team got the result that I needed. Thanks to their actions I am now living a normal life again.”
ASB is any aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity that damages or destroys another person's quality of life, and could mean anything from fly-tipping and vandalism to neighbour disputes.
Steve Waltho added: “No-one should have to live in constant fear and annoyance with their neighbours. If you are suffering from persistent noise nuisance, harassment, or anything else that is negatively affecting your life, give the anti-social behaviour team a call and they will advise you on what can be done.”