The Council’s new cross-party Ad-hoc Scrutiny Panel is bringing a joined-up approach to dealing with anti-social behaviour in a bid to reduce the impact on local neighbourhoods. Elected Members at the September Meeting of Stirling Council voted to establish the Panel as a way of considering what policies could be introduced to better support the victims of anti-social behaviour.
The Panel is seeking voices from Stirling’s residents, communities, groups and businesses to share their experiences of anti-social behaviour via the survey, and put forward ideas they have which could help the Council deal with anti-social behaviour more effectively.
Harassment and other forms of anti-social behaviour, including criminal activity, can have a significant impact on those affected. It affects quality of life, mental health and physical wellbeing for those involved and damages the wider community as a whole. Between April and December 2021 there were 413 anti-social behaviour cases reported to Stirling Council’s Community Safety Team.
Chair of the Ad-hoc Scrutiny Panel, Councillor Maureen Bennison, said: “Anti-social behaviour is a complex and wide ranging issue involving a variety of different negative and unwelcome behaviours. It can be a blight on our communities and often destroys lives through the impact it has on other people.
“We want to get views across all sections of Stirling society, from tenants and owners to ensure we get a widespread view of people’s experiences and thoughts on how we can address this important issue.
“We want to be able to provide the support that people need and make sure that we have Council policies that are robust enough to do that. That’s why it’s so important that as many people as possible take part in this survey and share their experiences and thoughts with us.
“It is essential our communities respect each other and take care of each other. The Council, working along with our partners, will do everything it can to ensure our residents feel safe and protected in their own homes and neighbourhoods.”