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Be a Nuisance to get Noticed!

We have generally made a real nuisance of ourselves to the authorities but it seems to be the only way to get noticed.
Nicky, London

“2 all night licenced clubs on our doorsteps with patrons using our roads as giant carparks and waking us up at all hours every single weekend, using gardens as toilets, having sex in cars, doing drugs, boozing, fighting, littering……

Our local council has been totally useless in dealing with our ASB problems and it feels as though our complaints are disappearing into a black hole and that resident’s rights are secondary to those of the club-owners. No-one seems to be held accountable and we are going around in circles despite complaints to councillors and our MP.

We’ve called 101 many times to get proper logging. We have generally made a real nuisance of ourselves to the authorities but it seems to be the only way to get noticed.”

Nicky and her neighbours finally got licence reviews of the clubs after a shocking bank holiday in 2014 where they were tortured for three nights in a row!

It took another whole year and Nicky and another neighbour going to court to finally get the place closed down!

[Source: email correspondence]

Crucial to contact the Right Department

The anti-social behaviour team was useless. They just kept visiting and asking the person to stop making noise. They didn’t seem to know what they were doing. John, Surrey

John owns his house and was distressed to find himself the victim of anti-social behaviour in the residential area with drug dealers on the streets, litter, and noise from neighbouring houses into the early hours of the morning.

He tried to tackle the matter himself first, asking the neighbour verbally and in writing to stop. When the problem continued, he turned to the Local Authority with frustrating results:

“The anti-social behaviour team was useless. They just kept visiting and asking the person to stop making noise. They didn’t seem to know what they were doing.”

John could not sleep nor could he relax as he was thinking about it all the time. Thankfully things were resolved once he spoke to the right people within his Local Authority: Environmental Health.

His advice to victims of ASB is:

“Make sure you speak to the right people at the council. I contacted Environmental Health at the council who were separate from the ASBO team. They resolved my issues in about 3 weeks…they seemed to know what they were doing.”

[Source: online survey]