Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour team secures first ‘closure order’ on problem property
Telford & Wrekin Council, supported by West Mercia Police, have used their powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 for the first time to close down a residential property which has been a hot bed of anti-social behaviour.
The council’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) team, supported by an in house legal department, secured a closure order against the property in south Telford following concerns over aggressive behaviour, noise nuisance, damage and other issues.
The power for Local Authorities to issue closure notices and subsequently apply to the courts for closure orders, is designed to protect victims and communities by quickly closing premises that are causing nuisance or disorder.
The closure order, the first of its kind obtained in the area, has been granted by the court following a hearing on Wednesday, October 6 at Shropshire Magistrates Court, partially closes the property for an initial period of three months, meaning that anyone other than the owner entering or remaining at the property can be arrested and sentenced to up to 51 weeks in prison.
The council is now supporting and working with the property’s owner to make the residence a safe space. Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Community Safety and Customer Services, Councillor Richard Overton, said: “The police have been called out to this property 40 times in the last three months. It has clearly been a huge concern for the community who live in the vicinity.
“I’m delighted that our ASB team has successfully brought this action. It shows that Telford & Wrekin Council will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and will use all powers at our disposal to deal with it. We have recently invested more resources into our ASB team, and this investment is now paying dividends, with officers enabled to build successful cases such as this one, the outcome of which will significantly improve our residents’ enjoyment of their neighbourhood.
“Our vision as a council is to protect, care and invest to create a better borough, and I’m proud that the hard work and care displayed by our ASB team has led to this positive result for our residents.
“I would like to thank local residents for their continued support and patience and I would encourage anyone who is concerned about anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood to report it to our Anti-Social Behaviour team in confidence by emailing enfo-ASB@telford.gov.uk."