Task group to look at anti-social issue

A task group is being established to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay.

Community representatives are being invited to join police and North Tyneside Council officers to discuss potential solutions to the problem.

More than 50 people highlighted the issue at a recent council meeting, saying it was being fuelled by alcohol and drug use, putting forward ideas for actions they would like to see implemented.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “As a council we are committed to making sure Whitley Bay is a great place to live and work and it is sad that in some parts that is not the case.

“To ensure long-term success we need to have the community working with us.

“To ensure that happens I would be delighted to establish a task and finish group to bring local people, community groups and businesses together to discuss the issues and help us come up with agreed and joined up solutions that protect Whitley Bay’s law-abiding citizens.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: “We’re committed to tackling the issues of most concern to residents and we understand the impact anti-social behaviour has.

“That’s why it’s a priority for us to ensure we’re listening to residents and to make sure resources are in the right places at the right times. By working in a task group together with partners and residents we can bring everyone together to discuss issues, find solutions and ensure everyone is informed about the work going on in the area.”

Northumbria Police and North Tyneside Council are working closely already on a range of initiatives in an approach that ensures evidence is gathered to secure possession or eviction orders for troublesome tenants, criminal prosecutions and drugs raids.

The Council’s licensing service is also involved in restricting new licensed premises in the town – a cumulative impact policy remains in place so that the starting point for any application is a presumption to refuse permission.

And the Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird has already directed £19,280 to the Safer North Tyneside Partnership to specifically tackle disorder associated with the Metro. The initiative will ensure a high profile presence by Police and other agencies on the network and around Metro Stations.