Standing together on anti-social behaviour

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2004 - 03:35 PM


Dover District Council is welcoming yesterday's Home Office announcement that Dover has been designated a 'Together Anti-Social Behaviour Action Area' in recognition of its leading work to tackle anti-social behaviour in the community.

The Home Office has heralded Dover as o­ne of 50 new Action Areas in England and Wales as part of a massive expansion to tackle anti-social behaviour nationwide. Local authorities, police and other community groups in Action Areas will work with local people to take swift and effective action against local problems such as intimidation, nuisance neighbours, vandalism, graffiti and rubbish dumping.

The Home Office says the new 'Together' Action Areas will be a focus for renewed effort in tackling these issues, and will help to set standards for the rest of the country to follow. It says Dover has shown its commitment to dealing with anti-social behaviour.

This news follows the launch of Dover District Council's new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit last week, as a part of its major commitment to getting tough o­n anti-social behaviour across the area.

Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said: "A year ago we launched the 'Together' campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour. Since then, a tremendous amount has been done in Dover and across the country to reclaim our communities for the law-abiding majority. But there is no room for complacency. That is why we are expanding the focus o­n anti-social behaviour to 50 more areas where, like Dover, local authorities and the police are committed to working with local people to improve their quality of life."

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council said: "We are very pleased at this clear recognition from the Home Office of the hard work that the Council and its partners in the community have undertaken to get tough o­n anti-social behaviour. This underlines our commitment to working with the community to tackle this issue which residents are consistently telling us is a key priority to make a real difference to the quality of life of people across the district."