Team tackling anti social behaviour wins support

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NEW funding has been given to a team tackling anti-social behaviour across the Arun district.

Arun District Council’s Cabinet approved funding of more than £100,000 over the next three years to keep the four-strong team in place.

The existing funding had been due to run out in March 2013.

Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, Arun’s cabinet member for community development with responsibility for community safety, said: “Our residents tell us time and time again that keeping the district safe and tackling anti-social behaviour is one of the most important things for them and they think it should be for their district council as well.

“We’ve recognised that by making it fundamental to the new priorities of Arun District Council going forward from 2013 to 17. When people need our help and support, we have pledged to be there and do all we can.”

Arun has one of the highest levels of reported anti-social behaviour in West Sussex but one of the most effective teams dealing with it.

Since 2007 the team has worked with more than 2,300 individuals using an ‘early intervention’ approach. The number of people helped who go on to re-offend has been less than five per cent every year.

Cllr Wotherspoon added: “We know that when anti-social behaviour happens, it can cause misery for people.

“Our Community Safety team has achieved a great deal over the last few years for which they should be commended. They make a real difference to people’s lives and I’m delighted that good work will continue for the next three years.”

Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council, added: “I am very pleased that we have been able to secure funding to continue the successful work which has been carried out in Arun. The district is not alone in suffering from the blight on communities that anti-social behaviour can cause but we are increasingly being recognised as a place where the community and the agencies are willing to come together to tackle the issues head on and together.”