June 13, 2024

Property closed to ‘protect residents from serious drug-related disorder’

Singleton Drive <i>(Image: Google Maps)</i>

Singleton Drive (Image: Google Maps)

A BOURNEMOUTH property facing “serious drug-related nuisance and disorder” will remain closed to “ensure residents are protected”.

The courts have extended a closure order on 6 Singleton Drive in the Slades Farm area.

The property has remained subject to closure orders since April of last year at the request of BCP Council.

The local authority has now been granted a three-month extension to the order by Poole Magistrates’ Court, which will see the address closed until April.

Councillor Kieron Wilson, portfolio holder for housing and regulatory services at BCP Council, said: “The council’s ASB team and BCP Homes have been taking a multi-agency approach to tackle serious drug related nuisance and disorder relating to 6 Singleton Drive in Slades Farm which has impacted local residents.

“Following a previous closure at the address, it has been necessary to apply for a subsequent order to ensure residents are protected from any further anti-social behaviour.

Bournemouth Echo: Singleton Drive in Bournemouth and, inset, Cllr Kieron Wilson

Bournemouth Echo: Singleton Drive in Bournemouth and, inset, Cllr Kieron Wilson

Singleton Drive in Bournemouth and, inset, Cllr Kieron Wilson (Image: Google Maps/Street View/ BCP Council)

“This order will remain in place for a period of three months whilst BCP Homes work towards a sustainable solution.

“This action demonstrates how the council and partner agencies are committed to taking action to protect victims and communities from serious nuisance and disorder.”

BCP Council has increasingly used closure orders to deal with persistent anti-social behaviour at residential addresses across the conurbation.

Courts can only impose the measure for a period of three months at a time, meaning if the council wants to keep the property closed down, officers must go back before magistrates with a new application.

Cllr Wilson added: “We will always use the tools and powers available to us and we hope by obtaining this full closure order, it shows we will act on issues which are having a detrimental impact on residents and reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities.

“Criminal and anti-social behaviour activity has no place in BCP.

“If residents are experiencing anti-social behaviour we encourage them to report to the Police by calling 101 and if there are ongoing concerns, to contact the ASB team at asbteam@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.”

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