A COUNCIL claims its ‘zero-tolerance’ to anti-social behaviour has been reinforced by a judge’s decision yesterday (July 23).
A house at 31, Ash Grove, in Bognor Regis, has been boarded up since a closure order was granted by magistrates on June 5. This barred anyone from entering the property , with a threat of prosecution hanging over anyone who did.
Recorder judge John Hardy partially lifted the order yesterday to allow one of the occupants back into the house due to a change in circumstances. However he emphasised the original order was still in place and was completely valid.
“We are pleased with the court’s decision as it confirms our view that this property must remain subject to a closure order to prevent future occurrences of severe and sustained anti-social behaviour which have a negative impact on the local community,” said Arun District Council’s cabinet member for community services.
Paul Wotherspoon added: “This reinforces our zero-tolerance partnership approach to unacceptable behaviour in our local communities and our ongoing commitment to listen and take action to help those affected by the small minority of people who display persistent and harmful anti-social behaviour.
“Local residents have assisted in contesting the appeal, having provided a letter to the council to take along to the hearing today that voices their strong objection to the tenant being allowed to return due to high concern that previous problems will start again.”
The closure order was the first to be placed on a house in Sussex under new legislation brought in by the government with the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Inspector Marc Clothier, of the neighbourhood policing team, said: ““The effort and work that went into the order has stood up to scrutiny again, this time in crown court, and whilst the closure order remains in place, the judge has amended the order, allowing the main occupant to return to the property, however, this permission comes with stringent conditions.
“Sussex Police and the council are confident that these conditions will continue the reduction of anti-social behaviour and criminal behaviour that local residents have experienced from this property since the closure order was granted in June, 2015, and if there are any breaches, these will be dealt with robustly.”
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage at www.bognor.co.uk/
2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BognorRegisObserver
3) Follow us on Twitter @BogObserver
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
The Bognor Observer - always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.