Latest anti-social behaviour tool

A new booklet, ‘Together Let’s Stamp It Out’ is the latest tool being used by South Ayrshire Council when working with people who are involved in a dispute with a neighbour or are being subjected to antisocial behaviour.

Antisocial behaviour comes in lots of forms and causes harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people, such as: criminal behaviour; loud music and noise nuisance; abusive, threatening, intimidating or violent behaviour; racial and other forms of harassment; drug dealing; vandalism; graffiti; dumping waste; problem pets and off road biking.

When antisocial behaviour escalates and people become distressed and need help they turn to others for support, usually the Council or Strathclyde Police. The Council and the police work in partnership to try and help people resolve neighbour disputes and to eradicate antisocial behaviour.

Councillor Philip Saxton, Housing and Customer First Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “Neighbour disputes can start over the smallest of things and quickly escalate into something much bigger. There can come a point when everyone involved wants to find a peaceful solution to the problem and that is where we can help. By getting people to sit down and talk to each other many disputes can be quickly and easily settled.

“Antisocial behaviour makes the lives of many a misery, it is unfair and unnecessary and does not have to be endured.

“If you are in dispute with a neighbour or being subjected to antisocial behaviour, then we are ready, willing and able to give you advice and support.”

The booklet packed with useful information confirms the Council’s commitment to stamp out antisocial behaviour, it includes ways in which you can prevent it, how to report it, explains how the Council deals with it and gives support for people experiencing it.

For people involved in an existing dispute and who are keen to explore a solution, the booklet suggests ways to resolve it. This may be by simply sitting down with your neighbour and calmly discussing the matter, through mediation or in more serious instances through court orders if required.

The booklet can be viewed at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/communitysafety and copies will be made available in Council premises across South Ayrshire.

Superintendent Neil Kerr of Strathclyde Police said: “We are committed to working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council to stamp out antisocial behaviour. By working together we can help and support people involved in neighbourhood disputes to come together and find solutions to their problems. Everyone deserves to be able to live their life without being subjected to antisocial behaviour.”

It can be very difficult to live with neighbour nuisance but there are organisations that can provide support. You may find you want to talk to a sympathetic ear of someone who has suffered life yourself.

If you are being subjected to antisocial behaviour, or are involved in a dispute with a neighbour then contact South Ayrshire Council on 0300 123 0900, email cst@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or report the matter online at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/online-services/doitonline