A court has granted the partial closure of two properties in Bristol following significant anti-social behaviour and drug taking issues.
A district judge yesterday (24 July) ordered the communal areas of Croydon House on Croydon Street and Lansdowne Court on Easton Road to be closed to anyone who wasn’t a resident, a permitted guest of a resident or any person authorised by Bristol City Council.
It is the first time we’ve sought an order to partially close a property in this way.
Anyone found breaching the order can be arrested.
Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinator Kate Matthews said: “This is the first time this power has been used this way in Avon and Somerset and it’s as a really positive step in protecting residents within the tower blocks from the anti-social behaviour being committed, predominantly by drug users using the communal areas to take their drugs.
“For many years now the local community have had to live with uncapped needles and blood on the stairs, and often had to pass users in very close proximity in order to get to and from their place of residence.
“These residents will often include the young and the vulnerable and residents are reluctant to have visitors due to what they may be faced with within the communal areas.”
She added: “Obtaining this order is a real positive step in order to make the community a safer place in which to live.
“Working with Bristol City Council in both gathering the evidence and now enforcing the order we hope to show the public that we are listening to their concerns. If residents are finding people loitering on the stairs then they should report it to police.”