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Tackling antisocial behaviour in Barlby


6:25am 24th May 2011

Tackling antisocial behaviour in Barlby near Selby.

In recent months a short cut between Barlby Crescent and Riverside Close has become a haven for littering, vandalism and late-night noise.

Residents complained and the police got involved.

Now as part of the Community Payback Team, a 80 metre fence has been erected by offenders.

Chair of the Eastern Area Forum, Cllr Bill Inness said:

"We know from what people have told us at Forum meetings that this area being used as a short cut has caused a great deal of misery for residents.

"This has been an innovative scheme that has seen the Eastern CEF work hard at linking up with other organisations, including Barlby Parish Council, to tackle anti social behaviour. Particularly impressive is that this initiative shows how these organisations can benefit the community by working together coherently.

"In particular the support received from York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust's Community Payback Team, North Yorkshire Police, Chevin Housing and the local residents has been invaluable."

Barlby Parish Council has been instrumental in working to tackle anti-social behaviour in this area and also in a nearby play area. Among the projects they have funded is the installation of 'alcohol free area' signs, replacing fencing and organising new rubbish bins - at a cost of more than £3,000.

A spokesperson for Barlby and Osgodby Parish Council said:

"A great deal has been achieved in this area and individual measures can add up to make a big difference to people living here. In addition we are trying to organise a community tree planting event which, it is hoped, will promote a sense of ownership and pride in the area."

Ed Gray, Community Payback Manager for York and Selby, York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust says:  "This is a brilliant example of partnership working. The team is doing work that directly improves local communities. Many residents have already commented on how much the work has improved the local area. This is 'justice seen, justice done' at its best."

Rachel Bell, Community Payback Projects Officer adds: 

"This is a terrific project because it's good, hard, honest labour which sees offenders working hard to give payback in the community they have caused harm."

Community Engagement Forums bring together organisations delivering local services with community groups, parish or town councils and members of the public. This includes Selby District Council, which facilitates the Forums, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and North Yorkshire Police.

Anyone interested in getting involved in their Community Engagement Forum should go along to the next meeting on Wednesday 25th May at 6.30pm at Barlby High School or visit www.your-community.org.uk for more information.

Each Forum holds public meeting approximately once every six weeks to give people a chance to have their say. Comments about local issues can also be submitted online, via the website.

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