Community Trigger aims to tackle anti social behaviourPublished Monday, 20th October 2014
Residents in South Yorkshire have new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in their communities.
The "Community Trigger", which gives members of the public the ability to ask agencies such as the police, councils and housing providers to review how they have responded to complaints of anti-social behaviour, has been launched across South Yorkshire.
In many cases, problems with anti-social behaviour can be resolved by a single action by one agency, for example, a warning letter from a council's noise nuisance team to a household which has played loud music may be all that is needed to stop the problem happening again.
However, there are other cases of anti-social behaviour that may need a number of agencies across South Yorkshire to work together to tackle the issue. This is where the Community Trigger comes in.
Director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services, Dave Richmond, said: "Rotherham Council has worked tirelessly over the last few years to tackle both anti-social behaviour and the causes behind it.
"We've already implemented a number of additional ways the Council can tackle ASB, but, with the introduction of the Community Trigger, the people who ASB affects the most will have the powers to see very clearly what agencies are doing to tackle it.
"If a member of the public has reported three separate incidents relating to the same, or similar, issue of antisocial behaviour within the past six months and are not happy with how your reports have been dealt with, they can request that the way which the involved agencies dealt with these is reviewed.
"Having the Community Trigger in both Rotherham, and indeed South Yorkshire wide, will lead to more issues of ASB being tackled and successfully resolved and ultimately make the borough a safer and happier place to live."
The Community Trigger is a new tool for tackling anti-social behaviour as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2014.
It does not replace the Council's own complaints procedures, which can and should be used by the public if they are dissatisfied with any degree of performance.
Every member of the public can raise a Community Trigger in circumstances where they, as an individual have reported three separate incidents relating to the same or similar issue of anti-social behaviour within the last six months.
Alternatively, a Community Trigger can also be raised where five different households have separately reported the same anti-social behaviour issue, again within a six-month period.