“Since we have come together as a community and all complained every time something happens the authorities are taking notice.” ‘Kate’ of Bognor Regis.
A number of residents of one neighbourhood are suffering ASB consisting of loud music with inappropriate lyrics, dogs crying, cars revving, swearing, shouting, fighting, bonfires, and drug dealing.
‘Kate’, a home owner, is feeling the strain, as are her children. She is tired every day as is her son who is 7. He is frightened to go to bed and is woken up regularly in the early hours due to the neighbours. He can’t have his bedroom windows open due to noise and late night bonfires and the kids can’t go out in the garden due to the lyrics of the music that is played full blast and the swearing and fighting in the house and on the street.
‘Kate’ tells us she is currently doing a diary for environmental health due to the loud music and the bonfires and has now contacted the local anti social behaviour team as well – something other residents have been doing for the last 2 years.
She advises victims:
“Don’t let just one resident deal with it as this will then be classed as a neighbour dispute. Since we have come together as a community and all complained every time something happens the authorities are taking notice. 2 years down the line we have had 2 raids and numerous arrests but unfortunately they are still there as the house is privately owned.
However, we have decided we will not have 1 family ruining our street and we will take our street back no matter how long it takes. We have to for our sanity and for our kids.”
There is power in numbers. Don’t suffer in silence. Here are some ideas on how you can work together as a community to get results: http://asbhelp.co.uk/communitygrassroots-movements/