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Joining forces to tackle antisocial behaviour in Wednesbury

25 July 2018
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Action is being taken to improve the lives of people in a Wednesbury community following complaints of antisocial behaviour.

Sanctuary Housing, Accord Housing and West Midlands Police have joined forces to address issues such as damage to property, speeding vehicles, loud music and unsupervised children in Finery Road, Chafrey Drive and Iron Mill Way.

Housing officers from both associations met with police, as well as Walsall Council’s community and public protection team, to draw up a plan to deal with complaints and tackle the problem.

Letters have since been personally delivered to nearly 170 homes highlighting the issues raised and asking residents to report concerns.

Monthly walkabouts are also taking place in the streets affected to monitor the situation and reassure residents that their concerns are being taken seriously.

Action will be taken against those responsible for the antisocial behaviour.

Sanctuary Housing officer Maria Hicklin said: “People should be able to go about their lives without the fear and intimidation antisocial behaviour brings.

“We are pleased to be working with Accord and the police to address their concerns and the comments we have received from residents so far have been really positive.

“I would encourage everyone to report any health and safety or safeguarding concerns to the relevant agencies.”

Accord community housing officer Paul Edmead added: “The welfare of residents is our number one priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure they feel safe in their homes.

“This is the start of what we hope will be a productive partnership that will improve life for the local community.”

PC Ian Probert, from West Midlands Police, commented: “Antisocial behaviour is something that won’t be tolerated and by working with Sanctuary and Accord we are making sure the concerns of the community are being addressed.”

Sanctuary and Accord both have tenants in Finery Road, Chafrey Drive and Iron Mill Way, and there are also a number of privately owned properties.


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