A series of walkabouts carried out since the spring has resulted in positive action being taken to drive out anti social behaviour on the Flowers Estate. Ward Councillors worked with police, the anti social behaviour team and the local housing office, and enough evidence was gathered from distressed residents for a number of Good Neighbour Contracts to be served on the perpetrators.
Cllr Carr said “We can replicate what we have done on this estate. We believe that the information sharing meetings we have monthly with other agencies is the best way to get results for the residents. However, we can do nothing until residents are prepared to tell us where the problems are.”
At Full Council, there was unanimous agreement to back an investigation into an order giving police the powers to confiscate alcohol in the streets of South Ockendon.
Cllr Carr added, “We have started the process, we now need residents to provide the evidence that street drinking is a problem. We need residents to report incidents to the police when there is drinking in the park, or when there are cans and glass all over the pavements.
Nobody wants to see kids stepping around broken glass to get to the swings. We know people are worried about reprisals, but they can report to ward councillors in confidence. Its time to take a stand, this behaviour is unacceptable in our communities, and we need to stamp it out now”