A clampdown on anti-social behaviour is on the cards, if councillors back a new tougher approach at a meeting in eight days’ time.
Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The city council is set to launch a ‘two strikes and you’re out’ approach to tackling the city’s growing anti-social behaviour problem.
“Anyone, including businesses, who commits an offence like playing loud music, dumping rubbish in gardens or regularly repairing vehicles on the road or pavement, will first be given a written warning letter to change their behaviour.
“If they fail to comply, they will be issued with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) fixed penalty up to £100 or find themselves in court facing a fine of up to £2,500 for individuals and £20,000 for businesses.
“The council would also have the power to carry out clean-up work at a property without the owner’s or occupier’s permission, including clearing unsightly gardens, and then hit the offender with the bill.
“This will include private landlords and tenants who dump old fridges, beds and mattresses at a property once the property is vacated.”
The proposal is to be discussed at a meeting of the council’s Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities & Equalities Committee on Monday 27 November at St Richard’s Church Hall, in Egmont Road, Hove.
Councillor Emma Daniel, who chairs the committee, said: “We are determined to stamp out anti-social behaviour in our wonderful city and Community Protection Notices are another tool we may use.
“They are designed to stop a person aged 16 or over, business or organisation committing anti-social behaviour that ruin a community’s quality of life.”
The council said: “A CPN can be issued by a local authority officer, a police officer, a police community support officer (PCSO) or a delegated social landlord.
“The plan will be debated and voted on at the next meeting of the council’s Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities and Equalities Committee on Monday 27 November, then at the Policy, Resources and Growth Committee on Thursday 30 November.”
Councillor Daniel added: “Anti-social behaviour is a blight on our city and can ruin communities and people’s lives.
“In dealing with anti-social behaviour, the council should consider all the options available.”
CPN’s are part of the government’s Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 which brought together 19 previous powers into six, making them quicker and easier to obtain and use.
An appeal against a PCN can be lodged with the magistrates’ court within 21 days of the notice being served but this could result in a heftier fine if found guilty.
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