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New Face To Tackle Anti Social Behaviour

A new face has been taken on by Cotswold District Council to help take action against anti-social behaviour in the community.

Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator Tim Dowan has joined the Council's Community Safety team, working with the Safer Cotswolds partnership, housing associations, town and parish councils and the youth service.

The team not only issues penalties and deters anti social behaviour by supporting communities, but also works to provide sensible and creative solutions to problems ranging from graffiti and fly tipping to noisy neighbours and drunken vandalism.

Tim said: "Everyone has heard of ASBOs, but they are only one of a number of actions we can take, which include:

* A letter – often an official a letter will persuade a person to think about and change their behaviour or the behaviour of their children.

* A visit - which has an even more direct and powerful message.

* An ABC – Acceptable Behaviour Contract – a voluntary agreement which highlights exactly what changes a person need to make to their behaviour.

* ASBO – Anti Social Behaviour Order – requires the courts' agreement, but is a powerful official tool to curb continued negative and/or escalating behaviour.

Tim added: "There are many other powers that we can use - all are considered very carefully and only put into place when absolutely necessary.

"There is much that we can do which is positive – supporting communities to help themselves is a big part of our work. For example, our underpass arts projects with schools create a sense of ownership and pride. Young people are less likely to damage something created by their peers.

"I think we are very lucky to live in an area which really has very low levels of crime, but we all recognise that, when it does take place, anti social behaviour can have a big impact on people's lives."

Tim previously worked for the West Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust, where he helped to introduce the smoke-free NHS policy across the county.

Cllr Clive Bennett, Portfolio holder for Strong and Safe Communities, said: "We're very glad to welcome Tim on board. Anti-social behaviour impacts on individuals, families and communities: it prevents a peaceful community life and degrades the environment.

"But you don't have to tolerate it. We're working hard with our partners to combat the different types of anti-social behaviour and are really making a difference on the streets."

Part of Tim's work involves talking to community groups about positive action they can take against anti social behaviour. Email or telephone 01285 623000.

If you need to report anti social behaviour you can contact Tim directly, or speak to the police on 0845 090 1234, or if you see a crime taking place phone 999.

Posted : 19/09/2006 15:02:37

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