14 September 2017

Action to tackle anti-social behaviour

Closure orders have been made on two properties in Brighton as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Brighton & Hove City Council successfully applied for the orders at Brighton Magistrates Court.

The orders relate to 41 May Road and 21 Camelford Street and are designed to bring relief to neighbours in the vicinity.

The court was told that in each case there had been serious nuisance or disorder, with intimidating and threatening behaviour towards neighbouring residents; excessive noise at all hours associated with visitors to the properties; and concerns about violent offences being committed on or in the vicinity of the premises.

In the case of 41 May Road concerns were also raised after police were called to serious incidents at the property. At 21 Camelford Street there were concerns about serious alcohol-related disorder, with shouting, swearing, loud music and drunken behaviour.

Problems at 41 May Road were caused by a tenant at the privately-owned flat.  A full closure order has been made which means no-one can enter the property for three months, apart from the leaseholders and anyone authorised by the council, which is the freeholder.

At 21 Camelford Street a partial closure order has been made - the privately owned house is closed for three months to anyone apart from the tenant, the emergency services, and anyone authorised by the council’s community safety team.

Councillor Anne Meadows, chair of the council’s Housing and New Homes Committee, said: “These cases are part of a package of action by Brighton & Hove City Council to tackle anti-social behaviour which can cause misery for people living nearby.

"Council staff work closely with the police to respond to problems and a total of 13 closure orders have been made in the last year,including these cases. Closures are a last resort, when other efforts to resolve the situation have been unsuccessful, but this court action sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to take this action when needed.”

Further  information about reporting anti-social behaviour