SOLIHULL Community Housing (SCH) is to thank for the transformation an epicentre for anti-social behaviour has undergone, ending the problems.
SCH’S Anti-Social Behaviour team were called in by residents of Avon Drive and Taw Clost who had reached breaking point with youths that used meshed roofing on a brick-walled electricity substation to sit and launch stone-throwing attacks on homes in a part of Smiths Wood.
Their antics caused damage to windows and fencing, along with unsightly graffiti and noisy behaviour, but SCH’s ASB team stepped in and called on Central Networks to help. Central Networks has now replaced the brick wall and meshed roofing with new steel anti-climb fencing to stop youths using it as a centre for anti-social behaviour.
The ASB team, along with the Probation Service’s ‘Community Pay Back’ team and a group of volunteer residents have now put the finishing touches to the area during a clean-up day where they removed graffiti, loose stones and other debris.
Hermine Fagbehouro, the resident who called on SCH to help said: “We are really pleased at how quickly the ASB team has acted. The new fencing has made such a big improvement already and we don’t get as many people handing around. We just hope it lasts.”
Probation Service Officer, Ken Reid, who was at the clean-up day, said: “This is a great way of demonstrating how working in partnership can make a real difference to a community and make residents feel safe.”
Solihull Community Housing’s ASM team offers a one-stop-shop service to help all Solihull residents whether they are council tenants, people renting privately or people who own their own homes.
ASB Officer Ian Tan, who worked with the residents to try and solve their issues, added: “This is a great example of how a community can work together to overcome antisocial behaviour.
“Thanks to their efforts along with Central Networks and the help of the Probation Service’s ‘Community Pay Back’ Team, the neighbours’ lives have got back to normal.”
Residents can call the ASB team on 0121 717 1515 to report anti-social behaviour, and projects currently being run in the Smiths Wood area for young people can be found at: www.streetgames.org, http://www.eypt.org.uk/activities.html, http://www.4u2dosolihull.org and Action+Project on 0121 770 3514.