Coun­cil’s call-out to res­i­dents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Res­i­dents in Burnhill are be­ing asked to name those who are mak­ing life in the com­mu­nity a misery.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has sent let­ters to house­holds call­ing on them to help the au­thor­i­ties in the fight against anti-so­cial be­haviour.

The lat­est in­ci­dent saw a car­a­van set alight in the sec­ond ar­son at­tack in the com­mu­nity this year.

The car­a­van on Western Av­enue was set alight at 7.50pm on Mon­day, April 17.

It hap­pened three months af­ter a flat on the same street was de­lib­er­ately set on fire, al­legedly by two teenage boys.

In a move to ad­dress the de­lib­er­ate fire rais­ing - which has seen peo­ple evac­u­ated from their homes - South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is ask­ing lo­cals to name those who are de­stroy­ing their com­mu­nity.

The Re­former un­der­stands peo­ple liv­ing in the Western Av­enue and To­ry­glen Road ar­eas have had their daily lives blighted by van­dal­ism and vi­o­lence.

One man, who did not want to be named, said: “Kids have al­ready set a flat on fire and as­saulted an el­derly lady be­hind the ar­cade and they’ve smashed a win­dow in the dry­ing area of a flat.

“I have had four let­ters in re­cently from the anti-so­cial be­haviour team which is meant to be deal­ing with this, but they ap­pear to be mak­ing zero ef­fort.”

A let­ter writ­ten by a coun­cil of­fi­cer to res­i­dents states: “I am aware of an es­ca­la­tion in in­ci­dents within and in the

vicin­ity of your block.

“I am also aware that res­i­dents in the block may not wish to be­come in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process. This makes it very dif­fi­cult for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to take any ac­tion against those re­spon­si­ble as, in­vari­ably it is the res­i­dents them­selves who are wit­ness­ing these events and who are able to iden­tify the cul­prits.

“With­out help from those who are af­fected by this be­haviour it is un­likely that a res­o­lu­tion will be reached.”

The let­ter of­fers res­i­dents anonymity and states that the coun­cil of­fi­cer can act as witness on their be­half should any le­gal pro­ceed­ings be raised.

Daniel Lowe, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­sources, said: “In­ves­ti­ga­tions into these mat­ters are on­go­ing and ac­tions are be­ing pro­gressed to tackle the is­sues in con­junc­tion with our part­ner, Po­lice Scot­land.

“The coun­cil takes is­sues of an­ti­so­cial be­haviour very se­ri­ously, and will deal ro­bustly with those per­sons re­spon­si­ble in order to en­sure safe and at­trac­tive com­mu­ni­ties for all to live in.

“If any lo­cal res­i­dent would like to dis­cuss is­sues they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing or pro­vide in­for­ma­tion, I would en­cour­age them to con­tact the coun­cil in con­fi­dence on our An­ti­so­cial Be­haviour Hot­line on 0800 389 1105, or by phon­ing Po­lice Scot­land on 101.”

In­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie of Ruther­glen Po­lice said: “The po­lice are aware of anti-so­cial be­haviour in Burnhill. We con­tinue to work with our part­ner South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to ad­dress this.”

Con­cerns Burnhill has been blighted by anti-so­cial

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