Ascham Homes, which manages housing on behalf of Waltham Forest Council, says it has received a number of complaints about groups congregating in stairwells, spitting, littering and vandalism on the Aldriche Way estate in Highams Park.

Estate management crackdown on anti-social behaviour

Estate management crackdown on anti-social behaviour

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Six young people accused of anti-social behaviour on an estate have been warned about their future conduct.

Ascham Homes, which manages housing on behalf of Waltham Forest Council, says it has received a number of complaints about groups congregating in stairwells, spitting, littering and vandalism on the Aldriche Way estate in Highams Park.

Police say the Acceptable Behaviour Agreements (ABA), which are not legally binding, were issued after unspecified evidence was gathered by Police Community Support Officers (PCSO).

If the subjects of the agreement are proved to have broken the agreement, evidence can be used to support an application for an anti-social behaviour order.

PCSO Michael Wheeler described the move as “non-aggressive”.

He said: "We're giving the youths on the estate an opportunity to stop what they're doing because it is a nuisance for the residents and sometimes they don't realise their behaviour can be quite intimidating.

"It is not an aggressive tactic and we're trying to avoid making arrests because it's not always the best solution and causes tension on the estate.”

He added there had been a significant drop in the number of complaints since the agreements were issued.

Ward councillors recently approved a £9,000 grant for education and training for people living on the estate.

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12:12pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

PCSO's are toothless and cannot do anything but be persuasive as they have limited powers of arrest, as a civilian.

We need real policemen on patrol.
PCSO's are toothless and cannot do anything but be persuasive as they have limited powers of arrest, as a civilian. We need real policemen on patrol. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 7

12:55pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Dave mp says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
PCSO's are toothless and cannot do anything but be persuasive as they have limited powers of arrest, as a civilian.

We need real policemen on patrol.
Six young people accused of anti-social behaviour on an estate have been warned about their future conduct. Big Deal, that will solve it???
Ascham Homes will do the same as they do where i live at Walnut Court, make a few gestures but no teeth and the problem gets worse as they move more 'ferals' into an area. Even the workmen rebuilding the walls have been pestered by 'ferals' and their 'parents' who are trying to knock down what they are doing while they are doing it.
Also why not give the parents whose 'ferals' throw rubbish around the blocks and out of their windows a bill for the extra rubbish clearance their 'offspring' cause?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: PCSO's are toothless and cannot do anything but be persuasive as they have limited powers of arrest, as a civilian. We need real policemen on patrol.[/p][/quote]Six young people accused of anti-social behaviour on an estate have been warned about their future conduct. Big Deal, that will solve it??? Ascham Homes will do the same as they do where i live at Walnut Court, make a few gestures but no teeth and the problem gets worse as they move more 'ferals' into an area. Even the workmen rebuilding the walls have been pestered by 'ferals' and their 'parents' who are trying to knock down what they are doing while they are doing it. Also why not give the parents whose 'ferals' throw rubbish around the blocks and out of their windows a bill for the extra rubbish clearance their 'offspring' cause? Dave mp
  • Score: 8

11:00pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ViewpointE4 says...

Dave mp wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
PCSO's are toothless and cannot do anything but be persuasive as they have limited powers of arrest, as a civilian.

We need real policemen on patrol.
Six young people accused of anti-social behaviour on an estate have been warned about their future conduct. Big Deal, that will solve it???
Ascham Homes will do the same as they do where i live at Walnut Court, make a few gestures but no teeth and the problem gets worse as they move more 'ferals' into an area. Even the workmen rebuilding the walls have been pestered by 'ferals' and their 'parents' who are trying to knock down what they are doing while they are doing it.
Also why not give the parents whose 'ferals' throw rubbish around the blocks and out of their windows a bill for the extra rubbish clearance their 'offspring' cause?
Unfortunately Dave mp the costs would still end up be paid by the tax payer as I would take a guess that those feral's and their parent would possibly think that we the ones who work should fund their 'benefits' lifestyle.
[quote][p][bold]Dave mp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: PCSO's are toothless and cannot do anything but be persuasive as they have limited powers of arrest, as a civilian. We need real policemen on patrol.[/p][/quote]Six young people accused of anti-social behaviour on an estate have been warned about their future conduct. Big Deal, that will solve it??? Ascham Homes will do the same as they do where i live at Walnut Court, make a few gestures but no teeth and the problem gets worse as they move more 'ferals' into an area. Even the workmen rebuilding the walls have been pestered by 'ferals' and their 'parents' who are trying to knock down what they are doing while they are doing it. Also why not give the parents whose 'ferals' throw rubbish around the blocks and out of their windows a bill for the extra rubbish clearance their 'offspring' cause?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately Dave mp the costs would still end up be paid by the tax payer as I would take a guess that those feral's and their parent would possibly think that we the ones who work should fund their 'benefits' lifestyle. ViewpointE4
  • Score: 7

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