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Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
The www.police.uk website says: Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, to their community or to their environment. This could be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.

Examples of ASB can include:

  1. Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours

  2. Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting

  3. Street drinking

  4. Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars

  5. Fireworks misuse

  6. Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles

The police, local authorities and other community safety partner agencies, such as social housing landlords, all have a responsibility to deal with ASB and to help people who are suffering from it.

Reports of ASB in the Kibworths and surrounding area may get publicity through social media, but under reporting can affect funding, patrol plans and problem solving as resources may not be prioritised.

If ASB is affecting your quality of life, or making you fear for your safety or the safety of others, you should contact the Police non-emergency number, 101, and get a crime number. In an emergency, always call 999.

The Kibworth Community Focus Group meets every few months and includes representatives from the police, Harborough Community Safety Partnership, district and parish councils, local schools, youth and local sports clubs. Meetings are not open to the public due to the confidential nature of the business. Reports of official ASB reports are discussed and, where necessary, actions recommended.

Resources & Waste Strategy
The Resources and Waste Strategy for England (Our Waste, Our Resources) was published in December 2018 and is the first significant Government statement in this area since the 2011 Waste Prevention Programme for England.

The strategy focuses on known problems with effective solutions that will reduce reliance on single use plastics, cut confusion over household recycling, tackle the problem of waste crime and tackle food waste.

One of the contentious recommendations is a proposal that every householder and appropriate business have a separate food waste collection in place from 2023. The intention is to also make it easier for people to waste less food with measures such as the use of re-sealable packs and labelling that helps people use up food sensibly. HDC collected food waste separately several years ago, but abandoned it when the take-up by residents tailed off dramatically.

Collectively, the strategy has the potential to transform the way resources and waste are managed in the future and a move towards more things being reused, recycled and repaired, instead of thrown away. The strategy is wide ranging in its scope and ambitions with many of the measures subject to consultations. The impact on services will be subject to ongoing monitoring and the County Council will fully engage with these consultations where relevant.

Locally, the Leicestershire Waste Partnership (LWP) comprises the seven districts and the County Council and was responsible for producing the current Leicestershire Municipal Waste Management Strategy which runs until 2020.

The Government has produced an ‘At a Glance’ summary document (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/resources-and-waste-strategy-for-england/resources-and-waste-strategy-at-a-glance) which readers may find interesting.

Issue 410
March 2019

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