Housing association Thrive Homes has successfully worked with police and the local authority to tackle anti-social behaviour in South Oxhey.
The Hertfordshire-based landlord has evicted a tenant from an address in Muirfield Road following complaints from numerous members of the public about noise disturbance, nuisance behaviour and suspected drug use at the property.
Possession of the property was taken last Wednesday (8th August) after Hertfordshire Police previously secured a Closure Order under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Thrive worked in partnership with Three Rivers District Council and Hertfordshire Police to gather evidence in support of the Closure Order. Once the order was issued by magistrates in March, Thrive sought possession of the property which was granted by the county court.
Keith Gilder, Relationship Management Lead at Thrive Homes, said: “Through close partnership working, we have taken tough action in order to protect residents from the misery caused by such anti-social behaviour.
“Local people have confirmed that the area is now much more peaceful and have spoken of their relief over the successful outcome of this case.
“Although eviction is always a last resort, we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in our communities and will take the necessary action to maintain our residents’ quality of life.”
He added: “We would urge people to help in the fight against noise nuisance, domestic abuse, suspected drug use and drug dealing. Our teams are working closely with partner agencies to put a permanent stop to these crimes – and this recent eviction plays a significant role in achieving that.”
Councillor Roger Seabourne, Lead Member for Community Safety and Partnerships at Three Rivers District Council, added: “We have had enough and we won’t tolerate any kind of behaviour that threatens or intimidates our residents.
“This eviction shows that Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership means business, and sends out a strong message about our commitment to protect law-abiding residents from the relentless threats and disturbance caused by drug users. It is vital that all areas of the district are safe and accessible. I am glad to see that local residents are now able to enjoy their homes in peace.”
To report any issues of concern, people should call the non-emergency police number 101. If a crime or anti-social behaviour is in progress, call 999.