Council may be able to assist with certain anti-social behaviour problems in the community
A person is involved in anti-social behaviour if they cause alarm, distress or harassment to any person, not in the same household as themselves.
Anti-social behaviour disrupts the lives of many people bringing misery and despair. Whole communities can be affected by the actions of an anti-social minority and the problem is a cause of concern for residents, tenants and landlords alike.
When tackling this problem it is necessary to assess what constitutes anti-social behaviour. It can be difficult to define and can range from noisy parties to threats of violence.
The task of dealing with such problems is a multi-agency one with roles for the PSNI, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Youth Justice, local community groups and the Council.
The Environmental Services Department actively participates in the local Anti-social Behaviour Forum and is consulted when ASBO’s (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders) are to be served.
The Environmental Health Department has statutory powers to investigate complaints regarding certain forms of anti-social behaviour such as:
- neighbourhood noise including noisy parties, noisy neighbours, dog barking
- abandoned and nuisance vehicles
- drinking in public
- graffiti and fly posting
- cigarette and tobacco sales to young persons
- dog fouling
The Council also has powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods legislation to issue a Gating Order in certain areas where anti-social behaviour is a problem provided certain criteria are met. Such Orders require the physical gating of alleyways or streets where regular anti-social behaviour occurs and it is believed that an Order would reduce the incidence of such behaviour.