My department has been working with the local police and other agencies to curb anti social behaviour from a very small minority of council tenants.
When I was first elected over a year ago, I posted on the subject of those who lead 'chaotic lifestyles'.
A closure order means that the tenant is banned from their property for a period of time, in this case three months, and the property is boarded up and sealed.
The process is not taken lightly, and takes time to achieve. During the process, all manner of help and support is offered to the tenant, but if that doesn't work we are left with little option.
In this case, it was a 16 year old girl whose neighbours had complained about vandalism, noise, arguments, fighting, drinking and parties at all hours.
The police had been called to the address 36 times this year.
Now I appreciate that there may be (ok I know) that there are a number of sandal wearing, hand wringing apologists for those with chaotic lifestyles who make their neighbours lives a misery, and indeed terrify their neighbours. But personally, as someone who wants people to be able to live their lives peacefully and enjoyably, I have little sympathy for someone who has declined all of the (very expensive) help and support offered and continues to behave in a way that consistently has a profoundly negative impact on other people.
I think in some ways, the anti social behaviour, often fuelled by drink and/or drugs is not the problem, but a symptom of the bigger issue that we are living in a broken society, and that is not something that local authorities or the police can solve.