KNH uses new law to tackle antisocial behaviour

Release Date: 18-Jun-2009
On 10 June 2009, Dewsbury magistrates granted a “premises closure order” for a flat on Chinewood Avenue, Batley, following an application by KNH.
The order requires the immediate closure of the flat for three months and prevents anyone, including the tenant, Peter Berry, from going into the property during that time.

Premises closure orders are designed so that councils and the police can deal with properties – privately owned, rented, commercial or council-owned – where there is a history of persistent antisocial behaviour.

This is the first time the new legislation has been used in Kirklees, and its application will now bring some respite to Mr Berry’s neighbours.

KNH Director of Neighbourhoods, Paul Buckley, said: “this is a great result for the local community and shows that we’re determined to work together and use every tool at our disposal to tackle antisocial behaviour.”

Councillor Andrew Marchington, Joint Lead Member for Safer, Stronger Communities said: “The council, its partners and the people of Kirklees will not tolerate antisocial behaviour.

“This new power means that we can apply to the courts to close any premises where there is significant and persistent disorder. We will only do this as a last resort, but we want to make it clear to anyone who thinks they can cause trouble for their neighbours that they won’t get away with it.”

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