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Borough Council unveils firm strategy to combat rising anti-social behaviour in Nuneaton's Park Lane area

Published on Wednesday, 13th September 2023

A new initiative has been launched to safeguard communities after criminal incidents and disruptive behaviour reached an alarming level.

In a resolute response to the escalating tide of anti-social behaviour plaguing the Park Lane area of Nuneaton, the Borough Council has announced a strong commitment to safeguarding the community with the introduction of a new Local Lettings Plan.

Since the start of 2023, Park Lane has witnessed a troubling surge in anti-social activities, many of which have been fuelled by the perpetrators being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both.

The frequency of criminal incidents and disruptive behaviour has reached an alarming level, resulting in a strain on the resources of the Borough Council, Warwickshire Police, and the Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Recently the Council has had to resort to submitting three ‘Without Notice’ Emergency Injunction applications, with one set to trigger property possession proceedings.

In collaboration with Warwickshire Police, three Acceptable Behaviour Contracts and numerous warning letters have been issued to offenders in a concerted effort to curb the escalating behaviour.

Taking further action to bolster surveillance and deter further misconduct, a Nomad camera was deployed in Park Lane as early as October 2022, a measure that remains in place owing to the persistent issues confronting the community.

To further the Borough Council's proactive approach the newly accepted Local Lettings Plan is aimed at further curtailing unruly residents by restricting the housing allocations of individuals with a history of severe anti-social conduct, criminal behaviour, or those implicated in prior Closure Orders elsewhere in the Borough.

Cllr Clare Golby, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said:

"This decision underscores our continuing and unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of our communities.

"We simply won’t accept this sort of behaviour in our neighbourhoods and we’ll use everything in our power, as fast as the law will allow us, to stop it.

"Our execution of the recent spate of injunction applications is an example of this, but it’s my view we should also look internally at what processes we as a council can use to minimise impact of those who don’t care about the disruption they cause to others.

"This Local Lettings Plan is another potent weapon in our arsenal as we wage what seems a relentless battle with people who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions and yet think the council still owes them a roof over their heads.

"The Borough Council's resolute stance against anti-social behaviour should send a clear message that the community's peace and security will not be compromised.

"With the Local Lettings Plan the Council is committed to improving the quality of life in Nuneaton's Park Lane area and we will implement plans in other areas should we need to.”