Have your say on tackling anti-social behaviour

Online consultation on. Deadline is 17 May
30th April 2011: Facing anti-social behaviour? You can have your say on the approach to be adopted for dealing with anti-social behaviour. All you have to do is to log on to online consultation. The deadline is 17 May.
The public consultation called ‘More effective responses to anti-social behaviour’ has already been launched earlier this year. The development is significant as immigrants are more often than not at the receiving end.

People with experience of standing up to anti-social behaviour on their street have also met the crime prevention minister.

Among those who attended the central London meeting were community crime fighter Maureen Tennison, Asher Nardone and Norman Rochester, who have all made a stand against trouble in their neighbourhood.

The minister was keen to hear their views on a public consultation.
The document includes proposals for a community trigger that would give residents the power to compel local agencies to take actions against persistent troublemakers.

‘For too long anti-social behaviour has wreaked havoc in our communities and ruined decent people’s lives. That is why we launched a consultation to help reform our approach to tackling this stubborn problem,’ said James Brokenshire. He is parliamentary under secretary of state responsible for crime prevention.

Brokenshire is Member of Parliament for Old Bexley and Sidcup and was previously Member of Parliament for Hornchurch and Rainham.
‘I want hear views from as many people as possible, however, those who have directly experienced the suffering caused by persistent anti-social behaviour have a special contribution to make to the debate and I am pleased to have heard their views first-hand.’

For four years Joan Parrott and her family endured anti-social behaviour, including her son’s car being torched, until one day she decided to make a stand. She worked with the police and housing associations to ensure problems in her community were addressed.

She knocked on doors and encouraged her neighbours to come forward and report anti-social behaviour. And she managed community safety events attended by hundreds of people. Now her fellow residents come to Joan for advice: people in her community have learned from her and no longer tolerate anti-social behaviour.

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