Council leader warns troublemakers

Jeff Summers EMN-140527-120144001
Jeff Summers EMN-140527-120144001

Yobs and troublemakers have been told to behave themselves by the leader of West Lindsey District Council.

Coun Jeff Summers issued the warning following a meeting of the full council last week, which agreed to change the WLDC constitution so it can adopt sweeping new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The new regime, starting on October 20, will see WLDC staff gain the power to issue on the spot fines for a variety of litter, noise, and other environmental offences. Problem tenants can also be fined. Many matters will be classed as civil rather than criminal offences, needing a lower burden of proof. It follows the passing of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 earlier this year.

The legislation also includes a “Community Trigger,” which lets the public ask council partners to collectively review their responses to complaints of anti-social behaviour to develop better responses. It will add to existing complaints procedures and can be used by residents and businesses alike.

“We are keen to limit anti-social behaviour as it’s in everybody’s interest. The council is not prepared to tolerate anti-social behaviour. We are trying to create a civilised society for all,” Coun Summers said.