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Wombourne Estate Recognised For Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

A groundbreaking campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour on the Giggetty Estate in Wombourne by South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has been highly commended at the prestigious Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG) Awards 2010.

A groundbreaking campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour on the Giggetty Estate in Wombourne by South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has been highly commended at the prestigious Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG) Awards 2010.

SSHA’s Giggetty Estate Action Plan was given this recognition after the SLCNG judging panel concluded that the project demonstrated measurable improvement in reducing antisocial behaviour and increasing community confidence.

Now in their third year, the SLCNG Awards are well established and highly valued by social landlords and their partners. The awards recognise the huge contribution of residents, social landlords and their partners to tackling anti-social behaviour effectively.

Comprising 298 homes, the Giggetty Estate had experienced widespread problems with ASB, which led SSHA to initiate a ‘zero tolerance’ approach.

Working in conjunction with Staffordshire Fire & Rescue; South Staffordshire Council; Staffordshire Community Council, Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police, SSHA successfully secured five injunctions against prolific ASB offenders, who were prevented entry to the estate.

Investing more than £15,000 into improving communal areas, SSHA also introduced initiatives such as Parent Patrol, a monthly Police and resident walkabout to highlight and discuss ASB issues.

Commenting on the success of the project, Jan Goode, Director of Customer Services for SSHA said: “Our ASB Action Plan has been a great success and we are delighted to have received the highly commended accolade from the SLCNG.

“We were determined to send a clear message to the main offenders of ASB outlining our ‘no nonsense’ approach and in a recent survey, we asked residents how well they thought we had dealt with anti-social behaviour on the estate and 75 percent were satisfied with the action taken.”

Sgt Peter Davies from the local police station added: “SSHA’s ASB Action Plan has helped to give tenants the confidence and support to come forward and report incidents, which is a huge step towards tackling ASB problems.

“We speak to SSHA’s tenants on the Giggetty Estate every day and their quality of life has increased dramatically in recent months. A year ago, we would never have thought launching Parent Patrol would work, but now it is really bringing the community together and making tackling ASB a mission for everyone.”
 

Photo shows Kim Carr accepting her award.