Anti-Social Behaviour

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Anti Social Behaviour Is
“behaviour that is likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to
members of the public not of the same household as the perpetrator”

In reality, ASB is any activity that impacts on other people in a negative
way.

Examples of Antisocial Behaviour Dealt with by Belfast City Council

Environmental Antisocial Behaviour
Some antisocial behaviours effect the environment in a negative way,

for example, graffiti, litter, fly posting, and fly tipping or persistent dog fouling on shared
spaces.

Noise Nuisance
All houses with people in them will make noise at times and we
expect neighbours to tolerate reasonable levels of noise associated
with home life and to resolve minor incidents by talking with their
neighbour. However, when the levels are too great Belfast City Council
can pursue action to deal with noise nuisance from within a
household.
Belfast City Council can also take action against excessive and after
hours noise from pubs, clubs and other venues if they hold an
entertainments licence.

Antisocial Behaviour on Council Property
It is Belfast City Council’s responsibility to take the lead in tackling
antisocial behaviour on the premises and open spaces for which we
are responsible. To do so, we will take all reasonable, preventative
and protective measures and we will work with other relevant
organisations. We are aware however, that the antisocial behaviour
displayed on these occasions, for example, verbal abuse, drinking,
intimidating gatherings of people and damage to Council property,
often falls between the responsibilities of several agencies.

Reporting antisocial behaviour
In some circumstances we have the powers to deal with antisocial behaviour alone.

However, in other cases we may need the support of other organisations to resolve the
complaint.

To report an incident of antisocial behaviour, first contact the PSNI on 101.

Antisocial behaviour officers
If you encounter antisocial behaviour in your area, you can contact our antisocial
behaviour officers.
• Andrew Claydon (east Belfast) – 028 9032 0202 ext 3485 or mobile 07825 420791
• Keith Addy (south Belfast) – 028 9032 0202 ext 3298 or mobile 07876 686660
• Trevor McDonald (north Belfast) – 028 9032 0202 ext ext 3324 or mobile 07917 544365
• Paul Cleary (west Belfast) – 028 9032 0202 ext 3394 or mobile 07825 140523
• Jeremy Ferris (parks/city centre) – 07787 835922

During normal office hours you can also contact us on 028 9027 0469 or email
envhealth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Neighbourhood officers
We have eight neighbourhood officers who target areas with high levels of
antisocial behaviour.
They work Monday to Thursday (2pm to 10pm) and Friday and Saturday
(4.30pm to midnight)
• Their role is to:
• provide a visible presence
• offer guidance, support and advice on community safety issues
• challenge low-level antisocial behaviour
• enforce laws relating to on-street drinking and environmental crime
• help to reduce crime and fear of crime.

Park wardens
Our park wardens tackle antisocial behaviour (ASB) in our parks. They
patrol the parks at peak times to deal with issues like littering, dog
fouling and drinking.
They also work alongside dog and litter wardens and have
enforcement powers to issue fines.
Our wardens are easy to spot in their green uniforms. They travel
between parks so they can respond to ASB across Belfast.

For more information on our park wardens, email
asb@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9091 8767.

Other agencies with powers to tackle antisocial behaviour:

Northern Ireland Housing Executive
If the person carrying out the behaviour is a Housing Executive tenant, you
can contact them on 0344 892 0900. For more information visit their
website.

Housing Associations
• If the person carrying out the behaviour is a Housing Association tenant
contact the relevant Housing Association.
• Social Services
• If your complaint concerns children, older people or those with a mental
illness call Belfast Health and Social Care Trust on 028 9056 5656 for
further guidance. For more information visit their website.

Council’s options for dealing with antisocial behaviour
Belfast City Council acknowledges that it has a responsibility to do
everything within its own powers to tackle antisocial behaviour.
We aim, however, to ensure that people improve their behaviour and
do not needlessly enter the criminal justice system.
Belfast City Council will cascade this corporate priority down through
departmental plans. We will undertake to engage with our elected
representatives who will inform the development of this priority and
ensure it is reflected in these plans and subsequent resource allocation.

Prevention
Belfast City Council will take all reasonable steps to prevent antisocial
behaviour in its property or on its premises by adopting secure by design
principles in all refurbishment or development work.
Belfast City Council is committed to providing leisure and recreation
opportunities for people in the city. We will continue to support continuous
improvement in tailoring services to contribute to the prevention of
antisocial behaviour. Belfast City Council works with communities in a
number of different ways, (community services, estates management, SNAP,
sports and arts development, good relations etc.) we will continue to do this
to empower and support communities to tackle antisocial behaviour in their
neighbourhoods.

Education, Advice and Warning
Belfast City Council has often found education, advice and warning to
be useful tools in improving peoples’ behaviour, and we will continue
to use this approach to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Enforcement Byelaws
However if advice and warning is unsuccessful, Belfast City Council
has a number of powers it can use to tackle different types of
antisocial behaviour in the city.
For example, Council Byelaws prohibit drinking in designated public
places and regulate the use of parks, playgrounds and playing fields.
To be proactive we will investigate complaints relevant to the powers
of Belfast City Council and gather information and statistics. We will
use this information to plan where to target our services and
resources, both short and longer term.