Anti-social Behaviour Policy Set for Cabinet
A new policy to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour across South Tyneside is set to be considered by councillors in the New Year.
The draft Anti-Social Behaviour Policy strengthens the existing document, improving the way the Council works with its partners to tackle anti-social behaviour and setting out the actions it will take when incidents are reported.
Key changes to the policy include clarity on what constitutes as anti-social behaviour, information on how to report incidents and how complaints will be processed, the role of key partners as well as details of support for victims.
The draft document takes into account latest legislation and incorporates feedback from extensive consultation carried out earlier this year. It has also been developed in line with good practice guidance by Resolve - a recognised centre of excellence in relation to anti-social behaviour and community safety.
Cabinet members will be recommended to approve the policy when they meet on 5 January.
Councillor Ernest Gibson, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: "Anti-social behaviour blights communities. It can have a serious detrimental impact on the quality of life for residents.
"However, anti-social behaviour can also be extremely complex. Categories can range from persistent, excessive noise or environmental offences to serious criminal activity, which would be dealt with by police. It can also involve many agencies and cut across number of issues, from housing and addiction to mental health and safeguarding.
"It is important to take a holistic and proportionate approach to dealing with problematic behaviour, looking at prevention, early intervention, support and enforcement using the tools and powers available, while also recognising that the source of anti-social behaviour is often an individual struggling with their own personal issues.
"We also have to be clear about what we can and cannot do as a local authority and give realistic expectations for those involved and those affected.
"Through this proposed new policy, we demonstrate our commitment to working collaboratively with partners to ensure South Tyneside remains a great place to live where people feel safe."
South Tyneside Homes' Community Safety and Tenancy Enforcement Team currently deals with incidents of anti-social behaviour on behalf of South Tyneside Council, regardless of the tenure of victims or perpetrators.
The draft policy also includes details of pre-tenancy checks for landlords and support for perpetrators of anti-social behaviour to help them modify their behaviour.
Tackling anti-social behaviour is a key priority in South Tyneside's Community Safety Partnership Plan 2021-2024. The review of South Tyneside Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Policy also comes as the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner reinforces her commitment to dealing with anti-social behaviour with the establishment of a regional taskforce.