Labour’s Micklegate councillors are working hard for local residents to bring about an improvement in the problem of antisocial behaviour in the Dale Street area. Councillors Pete Kilbane and Jonny Crawshaw are seeking to reassure local residents that they are working hard on the issue.
Two Dale Street properties have been a key focus for local agencies, including the Police and the Council in recent months. One tenant has left the area and the other was in court last week to be served with a property closure notice, meaning they cannot enter the property.
The notice mirrors the response dished out to another tenant in nearby Swann Street, in what has been a coordinated response to finally end a long period of distress to residents in the Nunnery Lane area.
Cllr Kilbane said: “I want to thank the various agencies for getting on top of these problems which have caused misery to residents in the area for some time. The meeting I had with Cllr Crawshaw, the Police, Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers and Community Safety officers last week proved extremely useful and is something we will continue on a monthly basis.
“With the Police and the council we have been visiting residents to reassure them that action is being taken and to ask that they continue to help us, so that we can all keep on top of this problem and deal with anti-social behaviour. This is historically a good place to live and the community is looking forward to getting back to normal”.
Cllr. Crawshaw said that during local walkabouts councillors were made aware that local pharmacies had been advised to suspend deliveries in the area. Having followed this up with a local pharmacy, the council and the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and in light of recent events, deliveries have now resumed.
He added: “We have taken actions in the past week around use of CCTV that will help to identify any problems quickly, covering the area in question and in response to a request from the Nunnery Area Residents Association.
“Next steps will include talking with council officers about the process for re-letting the vacant council properties. We have listened to residents who are keen to see a return to the calm, friendly and cohesive community it has always previously been. I’m optimistic that’s something we can achieve”.