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Closure order granted for problem address on Summerlands Road, Weston-super-Mare

Added on 17 April 2018 at 11:38

A closure order has been granted for an address in Summerlands Road, WSM, that was used for drug use, drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour.

Magistrates at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court granted the three-month closure on March 16.

Nearby residents had previously been subjected to loud music, people visiting the property at all times of day and night and violent incidents had occurred at the premises.

We worked closely with local community groups to build up a picture of the issues affecting residents’ daily lives.

Once the evidence was accumulated, we attempted to engage with the occupier together with Alliance Homes to offer help and support in order to prevent the property being used in this manner.

But this help was refused and a decision was taken to proceed to court, resulting in the closure order.

During the order period Alliance Homes will be seeking a permanent eviction of the residents from the address.

PC Simon Tamilia said: “One resident told me of their huge relief following the closure order and how they can return to a normal life.

“Another expressed their gratitude that peace had been brought back to their street.

“We will not tolerate drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in our communities and this closure is a clear example of the strengths of our partnership working within our neighbourhoods.”

Steve Zebedee,  assistant director (housing) at Alliance Homes added: “Anti-social behaviour is hugely disruptive to people’s lives and we are committed to addressing this type of behaviour.

"We are grateful to Avon and Somerset Police for their support in this matter and we will continue to work in partnership with them to create safe communities.”