Anti-social behaviour within and around our community

In a perfect world this page would not be necessary. It also seems such a shame to broadcast to the world the details of unpleasant, seemingly petty, occurrences within our community when, for the most part, life here is so good. We are indeed lucky to have such a pleasant environment to live in, but it would be even better if we could find ways to eradicate the impact of the anti-social behaviour of just a few individuals that live within our community.  

It would, however, be wrong of us to ignore these issues on this website as they cause concern for so many within our community. Over recent years The Witham Staple has carried many articles and letters in the Witham Staple imploring the culprits to desist from such activities. A selection of extracts on a wide range of anti-social activities that continue to plague our community are listed on this page. If you would like to comment or have suggestions on how we, as a community, might better tackle such behaviour please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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How to Report Anti-social Behaviour Incidents (Minor and Serious)

Letter Concerning Anti-social behaviour Witham St Hughs

Speeding motor vehicles

Bassingham Memorial Field Playground

Dog Fouling Dog Control & Stray Dogs

Bonfires

Overhanging or High Hedges

Unacceptable Parking on Curbs and Verges

Litter

Vandalism

Noise

Fireworks

Fly-tipping

Disposal of Garden and Domestic Rubbish

Dangerous Behaviour on Playing Fields

Security lighting

Constructive attitudes

Drugs: young children

North Kesteven Anti-social Behaviour Team Policies & Procedures

Presentation by Anti-social Behaviour Team

Overview of ASB Team's Presentation in Bassingham April 2005

Vandalism Witham St Hughs July 2008

Avoiding Scams

Litter Causes Concern In Aubourn

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How to report anti-social behaviour to North Kesteven District Council

Serious incidents: Report directly to the Police

Other incidents: 

Customer Services Centre - 01529 414144 - (will forward to right sections)

or 01522 699699 if calling from the Lincoln Area.

E-mail: - ASB@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Via District Councillor (Bassingham - Cllr Mrs Woodman) 

In person at Council Offices

By writing to the Anti Social Behaviour Team at the NKDC offices

Anti-Social Behaviour Team 

North Kesteven District Council 

Kesteven Street 

Sleaford 

Lincolnshire NG34 7EF

We strongly encourage all those subjected to anti-social behaviour to report incidents to this team so that action can be taken.

See also Procedures of Anti Social Behaviour Team

and a Presentation by their Manager given in Bassingham 14 April 2005

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Letter Concerning Anti-social behaviour Witham St Hughs

Dear Editor

I would like to write about my own views regarding where I have recently moved to in the hope that I will be included in the magazine.

I am a single parent and I moved here a few months ago, in the hope of providing a better life for my daughter in a village community. We moved from a large town.
 

I am totally appalled by the anti-social behaviours I have witnessed since we moved to Witham St Hughs. The village is completely ruined by a number of families who consider that their children are not their responsibility once they leave their house and probably have no idea what their child is up to. Children as young as 7 are roaming the streets at all hours.
 

As a single parent I take great care with my child as I am under no great illusion that I am seen in any way equal to my married counterparts. My daughter is polite and well behaved and I would be mortified if I was to witness such behaviours in her. I aould certainly want to know where she is and what she is doing at all tmes of the day. Why are parents so totally blaze about their responsibilities. I see parents virtually chucking their kids out to get some peace. They play football around peoples property, they kick their balls onto peoples cars, they swear, they daub graffitti all over the paly equipment at the park and they run riot on their bokes, terrorising the roads. We were in a much quieter area in our old house and I sincerely regret our move.
 

I have noticed several houses for sale in our road and each and every one of those people whose house is for sale blames the anti social behaviours around them.One seller stated to me that it is like living on a council estate.
 

Come on people of Witham St Hughs. We do not want this do we? A nice village for everyone, not anti social drunks, children and excessive noise into the night. Its embarrassing.
 

And where are the community police. I havent seen one when the kids are on their school holidays. They come here preaching how great their anti social behaviour policies are but where are they to witness such incidents? They say get evidence? It is all around you policemen and women. Take a visit to the parks where the kids have been offered drugs, Take a visit to the roads where kids hang around playing football on peoples cars. Look at the toddler park where kids hang around kicking balls and putting other kids lives at risk. Listen at night to the loud music and ridiculous fire work parties well into the evening, listen to the 'parties' outside with gaggles of giggling individuals waking our children up.
 

Move back to the city! I will!!

Karen East
Witham St Hughs

[August 2007]

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Speeding

Speed Indication Device Lincolnshire Police have a portable speed indication device that they would like to deploy in our villages. The equipment will be monitored and supervised by the police, however, volunteers are required to deploy the device, stay in the vicinity and keep the equipment until collected and delivered to another village.

[WS Jul 2002]  

September (2001 –Aubourn & Haddington Parish Council) meeting: figures for the traffic counts on Bridge Road and Dovecote Lane show approximately 22,000 vehicles a week travelling along Bridge Road, the 85 percentile speed being 46 mph. Dovecote Lane, which has a weight restriction, carries an average of 394 vehicles per day, sometimes including as many as 7 HGVs. The Council decided to ask Lincolnshire County Council to implement a 40-mph speed limit on Bridge Road. The problems on Dovecote Lane will continue to be monitored. [WS Oct 2002]

Traffic Speed Checks: There is now a speed checking ‘gun’ allocated to this local policing area and checks will be made regularly without warning in any of the villages. [WS Oct 2001]

Road Safety is a concern for Rural Communities and as a Beat Manager for the area I have been out checks with the speed camera. I have witnessed several people driving above the legal limit as have Traffic Officers, and offenders have been prosecuted. If you get caught speeding you will be fined £60 and 3 points will be put on your licence. We will continue doing these checks so please check your speed against the legal limit.

[WS Mar 2007]

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Bassingham Memorial Field Playground - Inappropriate Behaviour

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.
As a local resident and mother of twin toddlers, I feel very lucky to have such a lovely playground at my disposal and so close by on the Bassingham Memorial Field. However, I must confess to being more than a little upset by a couple of issues that are clearly ongoing.


The first is the upkeep of the playground - mainly the litter, but also the weeds in the small fenced playground. It is wonderful to have an enclosed area where my children can safely run about - or would be, if it were not for the numerous thistles growing amongst the bark-chippings effectively making this area more hazardous than the playground and field outside. The thistles are pretty fierce ones and a fall on them would be pretty nasty on hands, legs or face. It needs a good weeding to remove the hazard. Without this, the play area cannot be used properly.
 

The litter throughout the playground is a constant pain! You find empty alcohol cans, as well as soft drinks containers, sweet wrappers and various other items, not to mention broken glass at times amongst the playground and field. My twins are 18 months old and naturally curious. I have no problem with them handling conkers (just as well!), leaves, grass, twigs, soil, etc., but it is very hard for them to understand why they can't pick up the "shiny stuff" too. Please can visitors to the playground use the bin?
 

On a more minor point, can we stop children throwing dirt down the slide as it only make other children's clothes get unnecessarily filthy.
The other matter is that of dogs being off the lead on the field and in the playground area, despite a notice indicating this is not permitted. In the last 3 or 4 weeks, on my daily 30 minute visit, this has happened 3 times, which seems to make it worthy of a mention. The first time, I was horrified to see a large German Shepherd bounding through the park, the second time a terrier-type dog with 2 owners, when approached they did oblige and put their dog on its lead to which I am very grateful and the most recent time was a gentleman with a small Spaniel-type dog.
 

I like dogs and animals in general as do my children. But a news story is never far away about how unpredictable animals are and I for one value my children too much to risk their safely in the hope that a stranger's dog never behaves out of character.
This is pretty much all about having respect for each other and remembering we share this space. Thank you.

[WS Dec 2011]

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Dog Fouling & Control

Microchipping Laws In Force

North Kesteven District Council is supporting a new ‘microchipping’ law which came into force at the beginning of April. Every dog owner in the UK now has a legal obligation to microchip their animal. The Government introduced the law to combat the number of strays found in the UK each year. National figures show more than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost each year, costing the taxpayer and charities £57 million. With the new law in place, owners are more likely to be reunited with their dog should it become lost or stolen. If a dog however, is found without a microchip, their owner could be fined up to £500. Last year, the council received 186 reports of stray dogs in the district, 68 of which were returned to their rightful owners thanks to microchipping.

Councillor Richard Wright, executive board member with responsibility for environment and public protection said; “We are very supportive of this new law. We hope that it will help to reduce the amount of stray’s found each year left without a home, and in turn return them to their owner as quickly as possible”.

Microchipping costs between £15 & £20 and can be carried out at any local vet. They can also check if an existing microchip is up to date. You can also check your dog’s details at https://www.petlog.org.uk/  

[WS May 2016]

 

Bassingham Playing Field – Dogs

The matter of dogs in public places is always contentious and any public statement about it annoys someone. However, we continue to be approached by people, understandably upset, who have had a deeply unpleasant encounter with dog faeces on Bassingham Playing Field. Cleaning up after a dog cannot completely remove all the mess. Therefore, the risk to health is ever present and children are particularly vulnerable because of the way they play. They get into everything.

Our latest case is of a child whose clothes and exposed skin were plastered with the recently emptied contents of a dog’s bowels. The child was very distressed, as was his mother as she heroically cleaned him up and tried to decontaminate herself while comforting her little boy.

Therefore, again, we ask everyone taking a dog onto the playing field (always on a lead) to clean up after their dog and to encourage others to do so.

Issued by: Bassingham Village and Playing Field Charity & Bassingham Parish Council

Dog Fouling - Carlton to Bassingham Footpath.

The verge of the Carlton to Bassingham pathway is beginning to look like a dog toilet. Despite there being two dog bins at either end of the pathway, irresponsible dog owners continue to allow their dogs to run free and foul the verges...... or leave bags of poo on the verge for others to pick up! Please act responsibly and clear up after your dog.

The dog bins are there for a purpose – use them!

Issued by: Carlton le Moorland Parish Council

[WS February 2013]

 

It’s not his job……. it’s YOURS! Please clean up after your dog.

Thank you. (Bassingham Parish Council) Be Responsible!

 

Please remember that it is no more acceptable to leave dog faeces on any of the verges of the Pathway than on the tarmac surface. There is a dog bin at each end of the field section of the route.

Letter to the Witham Staple Editor

We went on the path to Carlton le Moorland today and we saw 17 dog poos on the bit from Torgate Lane me and my family are upset about it, can you do something about it please.

from Celia

I must indorse my daughter's concerns that someone could be so irresponsible to allow their large dog to defecate on a regular basis without clearing up the mess. There are two dog bins nearby. We have a dog and always clear up the mess why can't others! If anyone sees this happening please report it as it is an offence. I know people get sick and tired of comments about dog waste but how can we keep Bassingham and Carlton le Moorland pleasant places to live unless we all look after them.

from the Davis family

[WS April 2013]

 

I am a responsible dog owner and over the last few weeks whilst walking around the footpaths, bridleways and lanes of Carlton le Moorland it has become evident that more dogs appear to be leaving their trademark without any attempt by the owners to clean up. There are sufficient bins sited within the village to dispose of the mess so there is no excuse to leave it, however some attempts are made to clear up but the hedgerows seem to be the choice of disposal rather than the bins provided.

 

The recent snow has made the evidence even greater, I have found dog mess in my front garden so dogs allowed off their leads are not being controlled. Also the snow has brought out children wishing to snowball or play in general only to return home covered in the mess left by dogs, the outcome, if children are infected by the bacteria in the mess the consequences can be tragic.

 

Dogs themselves cannot be blamed, it is down to the owners to take responsibility for their pet‟s behaviour. I have notified the parish council regarding this issue but at the end of the day it is the dog owners who can rectify this ongoing problem - an easy New Year Resolution. Carlton resident.

[WS Feb 2011]

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Dog Fouling in Witham St. Hughs

Q. Whose problem is it anyway? A. Nobody’s, if it’s dealt with responsibly.

Bag it - Bin it and make sure you either take it home with you or put it in a dedicated dog bin. It is also not an offence to place bagged mess in a litter bin. The Parish Council has been receiving complaints about the amount of dog mess on the path at the side of Leveret Chase which leads up to the Ark (old Green Lane). Dog owners are respectfully asked to pick up after their dogs and place the mess into one of the dog bins. There will be three dog bins sited in this area shortly, but until then, there are two available on the play park on Fox Hollow/Warren Lane and a further two on the playpark on Warren Lane/Juniper Way. The village dog warden is patrolling this area regularly and anybody witnessed allowing their dogs to foul will be liable for an on-the-spot fine of £50.

Some dog owners have been picking up after their dogs, but then throwing the bags into the hedges, trees and ditches which line the paths. This is a littering offence, and liable for an on-the-spot fine of £75.

If dog fouling is not dealt with, it becomes everybody’s problem. We all need to play a part in stopping irresponsible dog owners leaving their dogs’ faeces in public areas. It’s your environment and community that’s being affected.

It's socially unacceptable. It spoils the environment.

It's a health risk. Round worm eggs (Toxocara) in dog faeces can cause blindness, epilepsy, asthma and eye infections. The worm eggs can survive in the soil even after it’s rained, so children playing on grass are much more at risk. The bacteria can cause sickness and diarrhoea

What can you do about it? If you see an incident of a dog owner not picking their dogs faeces up and walking away, make a note of as many details as possible. The person’s description, (identity and address if known), description of the dog, time of incident and location. Then report it to the District Council on 01529 414155 (ask for Paul Yelland in the Environmental Pollution Team). Or contact your Parish Council or our village Dog Warden on 07903 898451 All information is dealt with in the strictest confidence and personal details will not be released to the offender. We will contact you to discuss your complaint and will keep you informed of what action we intend to take.

What are the penalties? If you commit an offence under section 3 Dogs (fouling of land) Act 1996, you may receive a £50 fixed penalty notice or be fined in court up to a £1,000. So clean up after your dog. Don’t fall foul of the law!

Please keep our village clean and safe. Thank you for your co-operation

Witham St Hughs Parish Council

Mrs S Lane Parish Clerk 869643. email: withamsthughspc@hotmail.co.uk

[WS Dec 2011]

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Dog Control In Witham St Hughs
How disappointing to have to write in about the issue of dog control and fouling in the Rose Hip Walk area of Witham St Hughs. 

 

Thankfully but in sadly a minority, those owners with a responsible attitude, fully understand that a dog on a lead is under control at all times. Not a potential danger or annoyance. What a shame others aren’t able to grasp this basic fact. It may surprise this seemingly growing majority that it’s not acceptable to let a dog run free wherever it wants, doing whatever it pleases in this, a residential area. Those same owners also appearing clueless as to what to do when, as inevitably happens, the animal dashes off, distracted by someone or something.

 

Equally disgusting and a direct result of this lack of control is the increasing amount of dog fouling on both the pathways and verges. Not a pleasant discovery during a walk. Why not take dog waste home or use the bins provided?

As a pet lover one would urge dog owners please to be more considerate all round for the benefit of everyone!

 

Yours sincerely

R & S Underwood (Letter to Editor WS Apr 2007)

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Dogs and The Community
 

Dogs have been part of the man's social and domestic life since prehistoric times, and no more so than today. A dog can be an ideal companion and a real friend for young and old. It is a delight to see healthy and happy dogs enjoying life here in these villages.

Those of us who have a 'dog in the family' know that we have a responsibility to keep the dog healthy, properly fed and exercised. But we also realise we have a responsibility for ensuring that our dog is an acceptable member of the community. So, for example, we don't let our dog wander unattended in the streets or the fields, where he or she might cause a road accident or chase farm animals. Of course we don't.
    

Problems do, however, arise where those who have dogs allow them to defecate in unacceptable public places: anywhere within the villages or on footpaths outside the villages. The dog is not to blame – after all, he is by now house-trained. Sadly, the culprit is the owner who is just not yet street-trained! With such easy access to quiet lanes out of the village, there really is no excuse for dragging the dog along to the nearest verge or footpath. As always, the antisocial behaviour of the few can spoil the enjoyment of the many.
    

Apart from the unpleasantness of finding dog dirt where we want to walk or push a baby’s buggy, there’s a real danger of toddlers who walk on the grass being contaminated and even blinded by the toxocara worm. So let's behave as responsibly to the others in our community as we do to our dog – and make sure that others do so too!
 

Stan Underwood [WS Apr 2007]

 

Carlton Le Moorland Parish Council

….At the March meeting, the Parish Council discussed the location of dog waste bins around the village. The bin on Norton Disney Road is hardly used, and residents are asked to submit any ideas for a new location for this bin to the Clerk or any councillor. It was agreed to relocate the Clay Lane bin, which is also under used, to Wheatley Lane, where there is currently a problem with dog fouling. [WS April 2004 – see editorial WS May 2004].

Every month, the pages of The Witham Staple bring you news of what is happening in our local villages; a reflection of the busy variety of rural community life. From time to time, though, news reaches us of less than happy occurrences. Our attention has recently again been drawn to two anti-social practices that have raised their ugly head in the past: the first is the disgusting habit of allowing dogs to foul within the villages without clearing it up afterwards. The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 provides a maximum penalty of £1,000 for summary conviction for those in charge of a dog failing to clear up the mess. More to the point though, why should we have to share our villages with these ill-bred people who have such disregard for the rest of us?

The second is what to most people is the uncivilized and incomprehensible dumping of unwanted household items that takes place on roads outside the villages; a three-piece suite and mattresses are among recent examples.

All too often, the anti-social behaviour of one or two people can so easily and unnecessarily blight the daily life of others. ‘No man is an island, entire of it self. The poet John Donne tells us how we are all affected by what befalls our fellows. Similarly, what each one of us does or doesn’t do so often has real consequences for other people. [WS Feb 2003]

Stray Dog? Call the Dog Warden

If you come across a stray dog please ring the District Council on 01529 414155. The animal will then be collected and if not claimed within a short time will be put down. Please note dogs should not be allowed to run loose on Bassingham Playing Field. Please clean up after your dog or face a £50 fine. [WS June 2005]

Dogs And The Community

Dogs have been part of the man’s social and domestic life since prehistoric times, and no more so than today. A dog can be an ideal companion and a real friend for young and old. It is a delight to see healthy and happy dogs enjoying life here in these villages.

Those of us who have a ‘dog in the family’ know that we have a responsibility to keep the dog healthy, properly fed and exer­cised. But we also realise we have a responsibility for ensuring that our dog is an acceptable member of the community. So, for example, we don’t let our dog wander unattended in the streets or the fields, where he/she might cause a road accident or chase farm animals. Of course we don’t.

Problems do, however, arise where those who have dogs allow them to defecate in unacceptable public places:

footpaths, mown verges and playing fields. The dog is not to blame - after all, he is by now house-trained. Sadly, the culprit is the owner who is just not yet street-trained! With such easy access to quiet lanes out of the village, there really is no excuse for dragging the dog along to the nearest verge or footpath. As always, the antisocial behaviour of the few can spoil the enjoyment of the many.

Apart from the unpleasantness of finding dog dirt where we want to walk and the real danger of toddlers who walk on the grass being contaminated and blinded by the toxocara worm, those who mow the verges should not have to clear them first of dog excrement nor have it foul the mower. Let’s behave as responsibly to the others in our community as we do to our dog! 

[WS Feb 2003 & WS Feb 2005]

Dog fouling: you are reminded that you are liable to a fine if you do not clear up after your dog. It is not much trouble to carry a plastic bag.

[WS June 2001]

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Garden Bonfires - Please Remember

- That it is an offence to create smoke that is a nuisance to the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.

(Environmental Protection Act 1990)

- That bonfires should be as far away from buildings as possible and so situated that the prevailing wind carries smoke away from buildings.

- That only dry material should be burned; green or moist matter causes greatest nuisance.

- Never to bum plastics of any sort, rubber, oil or dangerous chemicals.

- Never to light bonfires when there is no wind at all, as smoke will linger and penetrate houses.

- Never to leave a bonfire to smoulder.

- That bonfires can be dangerous and so care should be taken with children about.

- Never to leave a bonfire unattended.

- That bonfire smoke can be irritating and offensive to anyone and harmful to people with chest troubles.

- That most garden waste can be composted, eliminating the need for bonfires.

- That any garden refuse you cannot compost can be taken to the Refuse Collection Vehicle in Bassingham Car Park on the second Saturday each month.

You do not have to suffer the nuisance of a neighbour’s irresponsible bonfire. If a civilised remonstration does not prove adequate, NKDC Environmental Services Department should be able to help (Tel 01529 414155).

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Hedges Growing Over Paths

Please check outside your home and see if the vegetation is spreading over the pavement or footpath. If so, please cut it back. Such growth must not interfere with the safe use of the footpath, and due consideration must be given especially to small children, prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs.  

Growth on Hedges & Trees: 

A reminder to landowners and householders that they have a responsibility to ensure that hedges, trees and other vegetation do not obstruct the safe use of pavements, footpaths or the highway, or impede visibility for road users. A few inches of new side growth on hedges can dramatically reduce visibility around bends in the road and significantly increase the risk of accidents.

You are asked to cut back all growth that may now cause a problem, in the villages or along the roads outside them, particularly following the very heavy growth over the summer. [WS Oct2012]. Please look outside your property and check that vegetation is not encroaching on the path. [WS Sep 2008].

High Hedges

The High Hedges legislation became law on 20th November 2003. It has been introduced pnmarily because of the increased incidence of neighbour disputes arising from fast-growing Leylandii cupressus hedges and should be fully operational by the end of 2004.

It is clearly in everybody’s interest to resolve differences regarding hedges amicably. However, if this is not possible, complaints may be taken to the local authority, provided that:

• the hedge in question is comprised wholly or predominantly of a line of two or more evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs;

• is over two metres high;

• the hedge acts, to some degree, as a barrier to light or access;

• and because if its height, is adversely affecting the complainant’s reasonable enjoyment of his domestic property (ie home or garden).

The criteria covered by the guidance for local authorities all concern problems caused by the height of the hedge and are expected to include:

• both light and sunlight deprivation to homes and gardens;

• safe height for regular trimming and maintenance if the hedge is in such a position that it needs to be regularly maintained because, for instance, the overhang is taking up too much of the victim’s ground;

• plant damage caused by hedge height through deprivation of light or rainfall;

• deprivation of a cherished view.

For those who do have hedges bordering other property, it may be worth checking whether your neighbour is content with the height and state of the hedge. Alternatively, it may be advisable to take early action to trim the hedge down to manageable proportions. [WS June 2004 & 2005]

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Unacceptable Parking on Curbs and Verges

Parking on Grass Verges and Driving on Pavements in Witham St Hughs [Nov 2011]

The Parish Council has been receiving many complaints about residents parking on pavements and grass verges around the village. There are many alternative parking spaces near our properties and shops, so please park thoughtfully and with care.

Parking on grass verges causes damage at cost to the Parish Council and residents are politely requested to not park their vehicles on grass verges. Offenders will receive a warning notice from NKDC and if they continue to park there, the Parish Council reserves the right to request monetary reimbursement for the cost of replacing the damaged grass.

In addition to this, driving over pavements to access grass verges, or to park outside the shop, or your home, is dangerous and causes a nuisance - and sometimes an obstruction - to other residents. When parking on the road, please make sure that dropped kerbs where people can cross the road safely are not blocked and that emergency vehicles and rubbish collection vehicles have clear access. The police have the power to issue tickets for any vehicle causing an obstruction.

Thank you for your co-operation Witham St. Hughs Parish Council

[WS Nov 2011]

Several villages have parking problems especially Witham St Hughs and Carlton Le Moorland. Again we have tried to educate drivers by putting polite notices on vehicles, but there have still been several complaints. Please be considerate when parking your vehicle anytime day or night. Don’t park on the pavement, don’t park in front or at a corner of a junction. By doing this you are causing obstructions to other drivers and are committing an offence where a £30 Fixed Penalty Ticket can be issued.

[WS Mar 2007]

Residents are reminded that it is an offence to park on the footpaths.  

As the number of motor vehicles increases in our community there are more and more instances of vehicles being parked in an inconvenient and often dangerous manner.  Parking that obstructs footpaths and pavements and access to property is illegal.  

Norton Disney - Parking & Roads:

Parking: complaints have been received about parking of vehicles on footpaths in Norton Disney, causing pedestrians, people in wheelchairs etc to have to step into the road. The Parish Council respectfully asks for this practice to stop. [WS Sep 04]

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Litter

At the [November 2003 Carlton le Moorland Parish Council] meeting, councillors and residents reported that litter around the village is increasing. This spoils the enjoyment of our surroundings and it is hoped that we will all take pride in the appearance of our village by keeping it tidy in future. [WS Dec 2002]

The Parish Council is concerned about increasing amounts of litter in the village, including bottles and cans that could be put into the recycling banks in the Village Hall car park. [WS June 2001] Bassingham Voluntary Litter Pick: was conducted Saturday 13th November. Gloves and bags were provided. [WS Nov 2004]

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Vandalism  

Norton Disney Village Hall [WS Sep 2005]

The Hall Committee is becoming increasingly concerned about the vandalism taking place at the Hall especially around the Entrance Door. In recent months fires have been lit damaging the paintwork and the light fitting - spitting on the floor - the fanlight window forced open on occasions and rubbish thrown into the hallway - stones and other objects forced into the lock and the handle removed and reversed making access impossible. The general litter and rubbish left around causes a great deal of extra and needless work. And of course no-one knows who has done it! All we get is "it wasn't me". Could parents please ensure that they know where their children are and what they are doing in order to have our lovely little Hall keep its well-cared for appearance. Thank you

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There is also a problem at present [November 2003 Carlton le Moorland Parish Council] with vandalism by young people at the playing field and elsewhere. Some of these are known to the Police, who have visited the culprits. Owing to continuous vandalism of the playing field shelter, the Parish Council has regretfully decided to dismantle it. Repairs to the shelter have been a waste of effort, as some of the timber panels have been ripped off again after only a few days [WS Dec 2002 – a similar outcome occurred in 2004 with the Bassingham bus shelter and the respectable families lose amenities because of a few louts].  

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…£1,500 is to be spent on repairs to the play equipment on the playing field. Most of this is because equipment has been vandalised. Please be vigilant and stop the vandals. You have to pay the bill through your council tax! [Bassingham Parish Council – WS June 2002]  

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A few nuisance youths are committing acts of vandalism to public property in Bassingham. The cost of repairs comes out of your pocket as Council Tax. If you see suspicious behaviour, inform the police immediately on Lincoln 882222 and save us all money. [WS Nov 2004]

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Malicious Damage Aubourn and Haddington Village Hall 

Damage was caused to the toilet door of the Village Hall between 6th and 8th April. The Police have been informed. If anybody has any further information that may help, they are asked to contact the Police direct on 882222. [WS May 2005]

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Fireworks - Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir

Not so long ago, when I was a child, Bonfire Night was held on the 5th November. Why is it, therefore, that in this new millennium this same tradition now seems to last for at least two!

I am no kill-joy, but my patience runs very thin when fireworks, especially the latest breed of sound-barrier breaking bangers, are being set off until 11. 15pm on the night.

However, the prize for the most annoying persons goes to those inconsiderate villagers who believe that the 8th November is also Bonfire Night. Do they have so little thought for their neighbours that they honestly believe that letting off fireworks that rattle double-glazing, frighten young children who were sleeping soundly and scare the daylights out of many family pets will actually make them popular?

I am at a loss to understand the total thoughtlessness of these people and suggest that next year they check their calendar to make sure that they have the correct date.

Jenny Thomas, Carlton le Moorland [WS Dec 02]

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Fly-tipping

POLICE NOTICE - INCREASE IN FLY TIPPING IN RURAL VILLAGES
Please be vigilant and report any instances to the Police if you see the offence taking place.

 

THE PROBLEM
It has come to our attention that there has been an increase in the amount of rubbish dumped at the side of the road, particularly in villages and roads close to the A46 corridor. What is annoying is the size of the rubbish being dumped. This includes fridges, freezers and tyres/wheels that are no longer acceptable at the local amenity sites.
This waste is a hazard to both road users and pedestrians and is usually dumped right at the side of the carriageway.
 

WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Fly-tipping is an offence that we can prosecute offending persons/vehicles for. We need registration numbers of the vehicles involved or evidence of the person’s details, which can often be found should the offender dispose of household rubbish that contains letters giving their home address.
 

GETTING THE RUBBISH REMOVED
After the event, when the rubbish has been dumped then you need to report the matter to your local council. In this case it will be NKDC on 01529 414155 Ext. 2640. They will be able to put the rubbish on their list for removal when they do periodic waste collection.
 

THE RESULT
Hopefully, in this way other people will not be encouraged to follow the lead and dump rubbish at the roadside. Leading to a cleaner and safer environment for your local community.

[WS July 2007]

…There have been reports of garden waste and grass cuttings being dumped in the river. This is illegal and causes pollution. Please stop this practice. [Bassingham Parish Council – WS June 2002].

Instances of waste appliances being dumped in dykes and on farmland unfortunately still occur from time to time in our area.

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Disposal Of Garden And Domestic Rubbish

It is an offence to dump grass cuttings and other rubbish anywhere except on designated sites. This applies both within villages and out in the countryside. The new brown bins are for any green waste that cannot be composted in your own garden; otherwise there is the waste skip at Bassingham car park every second Saturday of the month between 8.30 and 9.20 am for all domestic and garden waste. [WS Oct 2004]

Domestic Waste Collection:

ALL households should now have received their third (brown) waste bin. Full details of what to put into which bin are provided in the leaflet issued in July. If you have any queries, telephone Waste Disposal (Tel: 0800 174499), or e-mail waste@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Important: please continue to put bottles, newspapers and telephone directories into the village recycling banks. This is an important source of additional income for the Parish Councils, helping to offset the Council Tax.

The waste lorry is available for domestic and garden waste (trade waste NOT accepted) on the second Saturday of the month at Bassingham Village Car Park between 8.30 am and 9.20 am.

Domestic fridges and freezers and other domestic electrical appliances and other bulky household waste can be taken to one of the Household Waste & Recycling Sites or collection can be arranged with the District Council. Further information from North Kesteven District Council (Tel: 699699). [WS Sep2004]

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Noise

Unacceptable noise is caused by a whole range of sources in the modern world, even in a quite rural community like ours. Motor vehicles, lawn mowers, dogs, aircraft, loud music, youths screaming obscenities in the street, etc., etc.  Noise can cause great distress, particularly to the elderly, sick, house bound or those with young children. Exercising consideration for others should be the priority when embarking upon noisy activities.  Parents of teenagers should fulfill their responsibilities and ensure that their off-spring do not cause distress to their neighbours and others in the community.  Unfortunately in our community as in so many other a minority of parents fail to take such responsibility. 

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Security Lighting

High-power security lighting is usually aimed outwards from the building concerned. However, if not directed carefully, it can cause problems to other people, either to neighbours by beaming blindingly bright light into their home or garden, or by causing problems for road users, where the such lights can cause confusion with lights from oncoming vehicles. You are asked to ensure that your security lighting is neither a nuisance nor a danger to others. [WS Oct 2004]

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Dangerous Behaviour on Playing Fields

Bassingham Playing Field: you are reminded that dogs on the field must be kept on a lead. Golf is not allowed, nor horses or motor cycles. Please observe these by-laws for safety reasons.       [WS Oct 2004]

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Drug Risks: Parents Of Young Children

The Police have passed on information to local schools about attempts being made in some areas of the country to sell to children items laced with dangerous hidden drugs. One type is in the form of a small sheet of paper containing ‘blue stars’ the size of a pencil eraser; the stars are soaked in LSD and this can be absorbed through the skin simply by handling the paper.

There are also brightly coloured tabs like postage stamps wrapped in foil with pictures of butterflies or cartoon characters as a means of selling ‘acid’ to young children. Little children could be given a tattoo ‘for fun’ by other children. There is also a stamp called a Red Pyramid with microdots in various colours and another called Window Pane with a grid to cut out. They Are All Laced With Drugs. If your child gets any of these items, do not handle them: they are known to react quickly and some are laced with strychnine.

It is a matter of being vigilant rather than alarmed. If in doubt, please contact the Police (Tel: 882222.) [WS July 2001]

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Constructive Attitudes and Approaches to Anti-social Behaviour

Unless the community as a whole takes pride in our environment and continuously tries to constructively deal with the whole range of anti-social behaviour highlighted on this page it is difficult to persuade individuals that what they are doing is in any way worse than the consequences of other anti-social activities occurring in the community. All the people representing the community on the various public bodies have to be perceived publicly to behave or endorse behaviour that is socially responsible, and to be striving to achieve acceptable outcomes from the whole range of ant-social problems that confront our community along with the rest of British society. Moreover, the Councils and all the individual councillors must be seen to be functioning in those positions for truly altruistic reasons rather than those of self-interest.  If this is perceived not to be the case opinions such as those expressed in the following letter to the Editor start to surface and an attitude generally prevails that if the councils cannot deal with the serious issues they do not have the moral authority to instruct other community members to deal with the more trivial issues.  This of course does a great disservice to the vast majority of publicly spirited individuals that give up there time voluntarily to serve on these public bodies for the benefit of the rest of us.

letter to the Editor  [WS Oct 2001]

Dear Sir

Returning home to Bassingham from a month abroad, I was pleased to receive a letter from the [Parish] Council informing me of the perilous state of my hedge and tree, which had grown in the warm, wet weather and were proving a possible hazard to road users and pedestrians. After a bit of trimming, I took a walk around the village to enjoy the late summer evening.

The tediously quiet evening was fortunately enlivened by the roar of over-revving motorcycles, practice runs of exhaustless stock cars and the low thump of car stereos. The air was heady with the smell of chemical fumes from the tangle of agricultural detritus in the hedges and ditches. How those fast-food cups and wrappers brighten up the green lanes! The youth of the area too were enjoying the evening, evident from the array of sweet wrappers, crisp packets and lager cans strewn around the playing field. Taking my chances with the four-wheel-drive racing team, I turned for home on the pavement-less road, thankful to be alive and to live in the countryside.

David A Graham [WS Oct 2001]

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Statement of Anti-social Behaviour Procedures 

North Kesteven District Council 

December 2004 

This summary is designed to give a clear statement of the ways that North Kesteven District Council approaches anti-social behaviour, and the way we intend to work with residents, and organisations to deal with it. 

Background. 

North Kesteven is one of the safest places to live in the country with relatively low crime rates. However, feedback from residents is that they are becoming increasingly worried about anti-social behaviour and its impact on their lives. North Kesteven Council has made tackling the causes and impact of anti-social behaviour one of its eight key objectives for the next four years. 

These procedures are intended to demonstrate to residents the steps that can be taken to tackle anti-social behaviour, and to ensure that North Kesteven remains a place where people want to live. 

The council will not tolerate anti-social behaviour. We will work with other agencies to stop anti-social behaviour quickly and decisively. Where investigations of incidents show that additional action could be taken to tackle the underlying causes of anti-social behaviour then we will promote partnerships to tackle those causes. 

What is anti-social behaviour. 

  • A wide range of behaviour is seen as anti-social, examples include: 

  • Noise nuisance (for example; loud parties, shouting, noise from TV's, radios, Hi-Fi's and burglar alarms). 

  • Harassment - (words, conduct, or actions directed at a specific person or groups of people that is unwanted and that annoys, alarms, or causes emotional distress for no legitimate purpose).

  • Intimidation or bullying. (offensive, abusive, intimidating or insulting behaviour, which makes the recipient feel upset, threatened, humiliated or vulnerable) 

  • Environmental issues (for example, litter, dog fouling, graffiti, fly tipping and abandoned vehicles) 

  • Aggressive and threatening language and behaviour

  • Violence against people and property

  • Not controlling pets properly (for example, aggressive or loud animals)

  • Using inappropriate places to repair or store cars or other vehicles

  • Overgrown gardens and other land, including areas where rubbish, or discarded household items are stored.

  • Behaviour that targets members of identified groups because of their perceived differences; (for example, race and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, mental health or disability); and

  • Using properties to sell drugs, or for other unlawful purposes. 

North Kesteven District Council will treat as anti-social behaviour any behaviour that is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to anyone (except someone living in the same household as the perpetrator). 

The councils approach to anti-social behaviour 

In dealing with anti-social behaviour the Council understands that every case is different and requires individual assessment. The council aims to deter such behaviour and offer support to those who come forward as witnesses. 

The approach adopted by North Kesteven District Council recognises that it is better to prevent anti-social behaviour than to take enforcement action afterwards. Early action reduces crime and the fear of crime in communities. 

The council will ensure that troublesome families or individuals are made aware of the impact that their behaviour has on others and that support is offered to help people change their behaviour. We will act against those who continue to cause a nuisance. 

How complaints can be made 

If a serious incident is taking place this should be reported to the Police directly. The Police will, as part of the established liaison arrangements with the Council, notify the ASB Team and a coordinated approach will be decided. In other cases call the Council and speak to the Customer Services Centre. In many cases they will put you in contact with the appropriate department to deal with your complaint. This could be Housing, Environmental Health or Planning. Your call would not necessarily be connected directly to the ASB Team 

Sections dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour include 

a. Housing and Property Services 

Complaints that are made against council tenants are dealt with initially by the Housing Department. A Housing Officer will carry out initial investigations. More serious or complex issues will be referred from the Housing Officer to the AntiSocial Behaviour Team, or to other sections if appropriate. 

b. Environmental Health 

Complaints about noise, abandoned cars, lifter, fly-tipping and other statutory nuisance should be made to the Environmental Health Section. Officers within the section have a number of legal powers they can use to enforce their actions. Officers will carry out investigations and decide on options to resolve this. This may be advice, enforcement or by referring cases to the anti-social behaviour team. 

c. Planning 

Certain breaches of planning regulations may also fall within the definition of Anti-Social behaviour. For example, the unlawful display of advertisements for commercial events (fly-posting) or business activities being conducted from domestic premises. 

Officers will investigate the complaints, and based on the evidence obtained, make a decision on how to resolve the issue. This could be informal advice, enforcement action or referral to the anti-social behaviour team. 

d. Serious Complaints 

Serious or complicated cases will be referred to the anti-social behaviour team. This will include cases that involve persistent offenders, serious acts of antisocial behaviour, and cases that involve a number of different agencies. If the team feel that cases can be better dealt with by either another Department or the Police they will make referrals.

Keeping you informed If you do make a complaint we will ensure that you are kept aware of the progress of the case. Data Protections legislation means that we are not able to share all information with complainants. 

  • We will ensure that all complainants; 

  • Know who is dealing with their complaint 

  • Kept informed of the progress 

  • Informed of the outcome of our investigation 

  • Asked how successful our actions have been

We will ensure that all letters are acknowledged within 4 working days, and replied to within 10 working days.

Remedies that will be used by the Council to resolve anti-social behaviour. 

Unacceptable Behaviour Warnings 

These are written warnings issued to people who act in an anti-social manner. The warnings explain the impact and the consequences of their behaviour. 

Warnings range from early intervention warnings (written or verbal) to formal cautions for adults or reprimands and final warnings for juveniles. Serious warnings are recorded by the Police and can lead to criminal prosecution for persistent offences.

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC) 

This is a written agreement by an individual, the council and the police not to carry on with certain identifiable acts, which are anti-social. The contract will last for a period of about 6 months. Although the contracts are not legally binding, they can be used as evidence if more serious action is taken. 

Parenting Contracts. 

These are written contracts with the parents of an individual, the council and the police. These impose a responsibility on the parents to supervise and take responsibility for their children. 

Anti-Social Behaviour Orders 

Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO) are legally defined court orders that are issued to prevent persistent anti-social behaviour. ASBO's last for a minimum of two years. The maximum penalty for breach of an order is five years imprisonment for an adult offender. The maximum sentence for breach by a juvenile is a detention or training order, which has a maximum term of 24 months. 

Injunction Orders 

An injunction is a court order that prevents a person behaving in a certain way. It can be used to stop nuisance, annoyance and harassment. If a person breaks the terms of an injunction they can be fined or sent to prison. Injunctions can be used to: 

  • Protect staff 

  • Stop anti-social behaviour 

  • Stop people entering specified areas. 

Demoted Tenancies 

Where anti-social behaviour is caused by a council tenant (including their family or visitors) the Council will be able to apply to the court for an order for the demotion of the tenancy. If the court agrees to this, the tenancy will be demoted for a period of one year. During the time of the demotion the Council will be able to take eviction proceedings. 

Possession Orders 

For more serious cases, the council may apply to the court to evict council tenants when they, their family or visitors have caused anti-social behaviour. 

Mediation 

When appropriate the council will use mediation. This is an attempt to reach an agreement between two or more people who have a dispute, and may avoid the need to take more serious legal action. Examples where mediation could be used include: 

There is a dispute between neighbours 

The anti-social behaviour is of a relatively minor nature 

All parties involved are engaged in relatively minor anti-social behaviour perpetrated against each other 

One neighbour is unreasonably intolerant of another neighbour 

How the council will support Victims of Anti-Social Behaviour 

All reports of anti-social behaviour are taken seriously. The council will act to ensure the safety of victims, and witnesses. This will include: 

  • Appointments at peoples homes, or other place they feel safe. 

  • Treating all reports of anti-social behaviour as strictly confidential. 

  • Involving other agencies for support where appropriate 

  • Damage to council homes that is a result of anti-social behaviour will be treated as urgent.

  • Racist or offensive graffiti will be attended to within 24 hours of it being reported. None-offensive graffiti will be removed within 7days. 

  • Advising victims on suitable security arrangements in their homes. 

  • Providing temporary accommodation for victims who are at risk of harm. 

  • Keeping victims and witnesses informed of the progress of their case. 

Use of Information 

Any information given to the council will be treated in confidence. It will not be passed to the person named in the information without the permission of the person who gave the information. 

Some people give information anonymously. Whilst we will investigate this information as far as we are able, it is not particularly helpful. This is because we cannot advise the informant of the outcome of our investigations, nor can we check any facts. 

All information obtained by the council may be used in conjunction with the Data Protection Act 1998 and other statuary provisions restricting how the information may be used or shared with other agencies. 

How the council will monitor anti-social behaviour 

Each year the council will review how well we have dealt with anti-social behaviour, and the impact our actions have had on the community. Likely performance measures include: 

  • Number of cases dealt with without the need to take legal action against the perpetrator. 

  • The length of time taken to resolve complaints about anti-social behaviour. 

  • Satisfaction levels of complainants. 

  • The percentage and numbers of cases resolved by each of the remedies listed above. 

How to contact the Council:

In person: 

Main Office: Kesteven Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7EF. 

Infolinks Offices:

North Kesteven Centre, Moor Lane, Lincoln, LN6 9AX 

15a High Street, Metheringham, LN4 3DZ 

By phone: 

Telephone 01529 414155 or 01522 699699 if calling from the Lincoln Area.

By letter: 

Letters should be addressed to: 

Anti-Social Behaviour Team 

North Kesteven District Council 

Kesteven Street 

Sleaford 

Lincolnshire NG34 7EF

By e-mail: ASB@n-kesteven.gov.uk 

By contacting your District Councillor 

If you are unsure how to contact your District Councillor please contact the Customer Service Centre on 01529 414155 or 01522 699699 if calling from the Lincoln Area. 

This document was produced in December 2004. The Anti-Social Behaviour Manager will review it on or before December 2005. 

If you need a large print version of this document please contact the Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 01529 414155. We can provide translations of this document.

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Anti Social Behaviour - Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership Presentation

Delivered by: Cllr D Roberts Chairman North Kesteven CDRP 

Bassingham: 14th April 2005

Introduction 

The following slide presentation was delivered in Bassingham on 14th April 2005, at the Annual Parish Meeting. This event occurred following an invitation from the Bassingham Parish Council. It was attended by some 40 residents and involved questions and discussion. 

Background 

North Kesteven is a safe place to live: 

  • 2nd lowest crime rate in East Midlands (2.5 crimes per 1000 pop.)

  • Robbery, theft of motor vehicles, violent crime - all in lowest group

  • Domestic burglaries, sexual offences -2nd lowest group 

(Statistics from Audit Commission comparative data 2002/3) [The point was made that such statistics are no consolation to individual victims of crime or anti-social behaviour] 

Why ASB is important 

  • Increasing concern from residents 

  • Survey Autumn 2003 - 74% of residents saw ASB as priority

  • Anti-Social behaviour Act 2003 - gave councils powers and responsibilities.

What is Anti-Social Behaviour 

  • Noise 

  • Aggressive behaviour

  • Harassment 

  • Intimidation 

  • Violence against people or property

  • Bullying 

  • Abandoned vehicles 

  • Overgrown  gardens 

  • Fly tipping 

  • Graffiti 

  • Dog fouling 

  • Threatening language 

What is anti-social behaviour [NKDC interpretation]

North Kesteven will treat as antisocial behaviour any behaviour that is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to anyone (except someone living in the same household as the perpetrator)

NKDC Approach to ASB 

  • ASB is not new

  • Every case is different 

  • Prevention is better than cure 

  • Firm and fair 

  • Keeping complainants informed 

  • Supporting victims 

NKDC Approach - Examples 

Work with people to resolve issues

Increased involvement and activities, 

for example 

- Mobile skate park 

- Additional youth worker 

- Mediation service 

Who is involved 

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP)

Housing & Property Services

Environmental Health 

Planning 

ASB team 

Anti-Social Behaviour Team 

New team established 2004 

3 members 

  • Manager - Housing background 

  • Officer - Former police officer 

  • And - Police Officer seconded from Lincolnshire Police

Anti-Social Behaviour Team 

  • Serious cases - Representation at court 

  • Complex cases - Co-ordinating NKDC, police and others

  • Specific ASB cases - Specialists, issue letters, warnings etc

Existing Remedies 

  • Environmental Protection - statutory nuisance 

  • Housing Acts - applicable to council tenants 

  • Planning Legislation - breaches of planning laws 

New Remedies 

  • Unacceptable behaviour warnings 

  • Acceptable behaviour Contracts (ABC's) 

  • Parenting Contracts 

  • Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO's) 

  • Injunction Orders 

  • Demoted tenancies 

  • Possession Orders 

  • Mediation 

What we have done - action 

  • Published policy 

  • Created ASB team (157 cases -70 closed /87 ongoing)

  • Action taken: 

            - Warning letters -44

            - Acceptable behaviour contracts - 4 

            -ASBO's - 1 

How to report ASB

Serious incidents:

Report directly to the Police

Other incidents:

Customer Services Centre - 01529 414144 - (will forward to right sections) 

E-mail: - ASB@n-kesteven.gov.uk 

Via District Councillor o (Bassingham - Cllr Mrs Woodman) 

In person at Council Offices

By writing to the Anti Social Behaviour Team

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NK's Anti-Social Behaviour Team - Presentation in Bassingham April 2005

Anti-Social Behaviour Team - North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) A presentation was delivered by Councillor D. Roberts on 14th April 2005 at Bassingham's Annual Parish Meeting. It formed part of an informative discussion attended by some 40 residents and PC Cheetham. The presentation was facilitated by the Bassingham Parish Council. 

NKDC has a policy that says it will treat as antisocial behaviour any behaviour that is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to anyone (except someone living in the same household as the perpetrator). It has set up (late in 2004) an Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) Team armed with some new statutory powers, a clear policy and procedure for dealing with such problems. So far in 2005 this team has addressed 157 cases within North Kesteven, issued 44 warning letters, 4 Anti-social Behaviour Contracts and 1 Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO). The team works in close co-operation with the Police and District Councillor Mrs Woodman. We hope to receive regular updates from this group as to their performance and their new approach to tackling a problem that is progressively eroding the quality of life for many in our community and across the district. 

Serious incidents should be reported to the Police directly, but lower level anti-social behaviour should be reported to the NKDC Anti-social Behaviour Team. We urge residents to do this to get such unacceptable behaviour registered and dealt with in a formal manner. The ASB team can be contacted: in writing (to NKDC); in person at the Council Offices; by telephone (through customer services: 01529 414144); by e-mail: ASB@n-kesteven.gov.uk 

It is worth reporting even incidents that are seemingly trivial when considered in isolation, but which ultimately cause a repeated nuisance to the surrounding residents. Remember also that although many anti-social behaviour incidents are perpetrated by youths, the root of most of the problems is poor parenting and parents prepared to ignore their responsibilities to the detriment of the surrounding community. The ASB team has a procedure to impose written parenting contracts, together with the Police, on such offenders. [WS May 2005]

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Vandalism Witham St Hughs (July 2008)
It’s with sadness that residents have to speak out over the appalling behaviour of a group of children who are rapidly ruining the appearance of Rose Hip Walk in Witham St Hughs. What was an attractive, quiet walkway has now turned into a daily ‘punch bag’ for neighbouring children to vandalise after school. Not content with almost wrecking the trees at the junction with Hedge Lane, they have now channelled their energy into scarring the landscape of the gulley which runs adjacent to Rose Hip Walk itself littering it as they go. They are dismayed that these children, a number of which are in their school uniform, are just being let loose straight after school to misbehave like this. If you’re a parent of one of these children and are aware of what they’re doing, do you condone this behaviour? It is assumed they aren’t allowed to do this sort of thing in their own garden so please do the responsible thing and let’s put a stop to it, now, please!

Photos of the vandalism are shown below:

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Avoiding Scams. By definition, a scam is a dishonest or fraudulent scheme designed to cheat someone. A common feature of scams is to pressure to commit victims straight away or an offer that seems too good to be true. Before you commit to buy or invest in a company then you need to check their credentials. If a company uses an overseas address, a PO Box number postal address or telephone numbers starting "07" or "09" then the chances are that they are not creditable or regulated. Checking a company on the internet may lead you to realise that they are not what they purport to be and if in fact other persons have been scammed in the same way. Direct mail/email scams are often based around you winning lotteries or prize draws that you didn't enter.

 

There are lots of "advance fee" email scams originating from Africa and particularly Nigeria. Usually the initial email explains that the sender has money or something valuable to move in return for a fee. The victims are asked to provide their bank details and the fraudster removes money from the account. Another common scam involves identity theft whereby you may receive a telephone call or email from your bank or a financial institution, asking you to confirm your bank details or personal information. Banks and institutions will never ask you for you PIN number, password or other security information. One other recent example is a massive EBay scam originating from Lagos in Nigeria whereby high value small electronic items such as telephones are purchased and the seller later receives a fake Papal statement stating the buyer has transferred funds into their bank account and the goods are then posted to Nigeria. Once the item is posted then the goods cannot be returned, even when the seller realises that the funds have not been received.

 

Fake Air Ambulance Charity Appeal
Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust has announced that a company leafleting homes in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire asking for clothing donations to support an air ambulance appeal is a fake. The leaflets, branded Air Ambulance Service, asking people to leave good quality clothing in bags, claim that the clothes will be sold to raise money for the service and give the impression that this is a charity supporting air ambulances on a national basis. However no such charity exists. Supporters of the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance are advised not to support this appeal and to warn others. All of their own clothing collection bags are clearly marked that they are in support of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. The matter has been brought to the attention of the police, Trading Standards and The Charity Commission.

 

A good contact in these circumstances is Action Fraud on 0300 1213 2040 a National helpline that gives advice on fraud, both preventing it or what to do if you do fall victim to it.

[WS Sep 2011]

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Litter Causes Concern in Aubourn
Letter to the Editor

“Despite objections, a new bench for the use of the public is being sited adjacent to the bus shelter on Royal Oak Lane in Aubourn. Of late there have been numerous problems with school children and teenagers leaving litter including, cans, plastic bottles, crisps and sweet packets inside the bus shelter whilst waiting for the school bus in the morning. Aubourn is a very pretty village, yet it appears a small minority of people abuse the facilities provided. I trust those responsible for their actions, will not cause additional litter problems in the vicinity of where the new bench is sited.”

Yours Sincerely
Mr Metcalfe

[WS June 2012]

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