Colin Charles, Trafalgar Square, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Trafalgar Square had become a place full of anti-social behaviour emanating in particular from one property which had been purchased by a Housing Association who did not take an interest in the bad behaviour of its tenants. There were drug dealers in the square and also issues in general of dog-fouling and the ‘broken window effect’ of making the place seem more undesirable. Many residents left or tried to leave.
Colin, who ran a B&B, took a stand but it required great persistence:
Trafalgar Square is a much nicer place to live now than it was a decade ago. There are still issues in Colin’s community today but he now has the necessary contacts to get a faster response from the relevant agencies and they know he will pester them until that response is satisfactory and effective.