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Cross Keys move to stop anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Peter­bor­ough’s largest hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion can now fine peo­ple “blight­ing” the lives of city res­i­dents. Cross Keys Homes has been awarded the au­thor­ity to is­sue Com­mu­nity Pro­tec­tion No­tices (CPNs) by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

The CPN will be is­sued to per­pe­tra­tor­sof­per­sis­tent, un­rea­son­able­be­haviourthathas a detri­men­tal ef­fect on those nearby.

It will be is­sued fol­low­ing for­mal re­quests that the per­pe­tra­tor stops the be­hav­iour or takes rea­son­able steps to avoid fur­ther anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Breach­ing a CPNisac­rim­i­nal of­fence and will re­sult in a fixed penalty no­tice be­ing is- sued of up to £100.

Breaches could also see per­pe­tra­tors be­ing fined up to £1,000, pay­ing for re­me­dial work or for­feit­ing items.

Rev­enue­fromthe­fineswill go to the coun­cil.

CPNs will cover a wide range of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in­clud­ing noise, nui­sance, graf­fiti, lit­ter­ing and fly-tip­ping.

Joan Tibbs, di­rec­tor of neigh­bour­hood manage­ment at Cross Keys, said: “Hav­ing th­ese pow­ers to is­sue CPNs gives us another weapon in our ar­mour against the in­stances of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour that can blight the lives of res­i­dents in the city.

“They make it clear to the small num­berof­per­pe­tra­tors that their be­hav­iour will not be­tol­er­ated. It al­so­givesus­the power to rec­tify any dam­age caused at the ex­pense of the per­pe­tra­tor and not the pub­lic purse.”

Cross Keys will only is­sues CPNs to its ten­ants.

In 2014/15, the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion dealt with 660cases of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in­volvin­git­s­tenants, 40per­cent of which were noise re­lated.

Cross Keys has over 10,000 prop­er­ties in Peter­bor­ough, while so­cial hous­ing equates to al­most 50 per cent of the city’s rental sec­tor.

The CPN is a new power which re­places pre­vi­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal anti-so­cial be­hav­iour leg­is­la­tion.

How­ever, its use has now been broad­ened to ad­dress any anti- so­cial be­hav­iour which is hav­ing a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the qual­ity of life of a com­mu­nity, in par­tic­u­lar noise.

The no­tices can be is­sued to a per­son aged 16 or over as well as a busi­ness or or­gan­i­sa­tion.

CPNs­camein­to­ef­fect­from Oc­to­ber 20, 2014.

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