United action on anti-social behaviour

April 04 2017

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour in Cadbury Heath and Barrs Court has improved following a drive to solve the problem.

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour in Cadbury Heath and Barrs Court has improved following a drive to solve the problem.

Issues with young people gathering had resulted in complaints from residents and local councillors about rowdy behaviour, noise and litter, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.

But now anti-social behaviour officers from South Gloucestershire Council have joined forces with police to help tackle the issue with a number of criminal behaviour orders recently issued to main offenders.

An action plan was drawn up by a group made up of numerous organisations, which included work with a project called StreetGames to help keep young people engaged in positive sports activities.

The council also worked alongside police to identify the main offenders and applications were made to Bristol Youth Court which resulted in the court issuing two criminal behaviour orders and an anti-social behaviour injunction, along with a community protection warning.

Special constables also gave up their time to patrol the area to support the community, and letters were also distributed in the area to help raise awareness and act as a deterrent.

Councillor Heather Goddard, chair of the council's Environment and Community Services, said: “We have received a positive response from concerned parents and this preventative work, combined with the community activities we have arranged, has really helped to improve the situation.

“The multi-agency partnership group continue to meet at regular intervals to review progress and discuss new initiatives.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Clive Summerill said: “Everyone has been playing their part in resolving these issues. We need local parents and carers to talk to their children about having respect for the community we’re all part of and the potential consequences of anti-social behaviour, to themselves as well as others. It’s also important for parents and carers to help keep their children safe by making sure they know where they are, who they’re with and what they’re doing.The majority of our young people have no intention of causing anti-social behaviour”

Mike Squire, network coordinator for StreetGames, said: “StreetGames sessions regularly assemble groups of around 40 people plus, and have had on one occasion 86 young people taking part. This has had a huge positive impact with the young people, it helps keep them occupied and gives them a focus.”

Working in partnership with the Juice Community Project, StreetGames sporting activities take place in the area on Friday nights from 6-8pm. 

The council says these sessions help to reclaim areas that were once home to anti-social behaviour and litter, turning them into informal sports zones the young people take pride in. 

StreetGames is funded through the Police and Crime Commissioner and Comic Relief. From April, StreetGames' ‘BS30’ programme will be funded through the council’s Positive Activities Fund.

The council has also been working with secondary schools in the area to help raise awareness about these activities.

Other schemes for young people in the area include ‘Fit and Fed’ which is starting during the Easter holidays, and provides young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with a nutritious meal every day, free of charge. 

There is also a programme of youth work taking place with young people at The Batch Community Centre in Warmley and a DreamScheme project, which sees young people earning rewards by carrying out community-spirited activities.