Anti-social behaviour and its impact on the Catchment teams Presented by : Glynn Haworth Countryside Ranger. All four Catchment teams experience a wide range of anti-social and urban pressure on access, recreation and water catchment areas.
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All four Catchment teams experience a wide range of
anti-social and urban pressure on access, recreation
and water catchment areas.
Mostly affected on a daily basis are the Central Area
and the Southern areas as they are both surrounded by
large urban conurbations, e.g., Manchester, Bolton,
Blackburn, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, etc.
The Northern team and Bowland team suffer less anti-social behaviour
possibly due to their location in more rural areas and within the
Lake District National Park, which has more responsible visitors.
UU estates seem to be an easy target for fly tipping and
anti-social behaviour as town centre ASBO’S push out
some activities, which are now occurring in rural areas.
Here people can carry out anti-social behaviour where
man power and resources are thinner on the ground,
With less chance of being caught.
Street problems , nuisance neighbours and the one which impacts mostly on UU is :
Environmental crime, ithas a huge impact on our estates and for the communities we operate in.
Environmental crime can include:
ground by rogue fly-tippers.
Hundreds of fly tipping incidents a year are uncovered
throughout the North West Region.
Costing thousands of pounds of incidental Ranger and staff
time to remove and lost revenue from pay and display
machines through vandalism.
Since April 2008 The Central Team have spent £4,280.00
with a similar amount being spent in the Southern Area of
£5776.00+ in revenue money removing fly tipping, mainly
domestic household waste, tyres and white items following the
introduction of the WEEE Directive.
Around £2500 has been allocated towards fly-tipping
And vandalism in the North area mainly on car park areas , with
£2500 being spent on a vandalised toilet block
The Bowland Area mainly suffers from 4X4 off roading issues !
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
(WEEE) Directive came into force in January 2007.
Also the End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003
Has seen caravans and cars abandoned on UU land
again UU pay to have these removed.
More new directives coming in will add to the
Some interesting data came out of the recent visitor counting initiative.
Some car parks have been busier during night time , due to a number of anti social behaviours
This has assisted us in targeting problem car park areas and we have worked on joint operations with the Police to tackle the issues late a t night which have also caused noise and nuisance to residents and neighbours of UU
Some of these car parks are now locked at night time and also the data has been used to assist the Police with getting extra resources to patrol the areas of high use in the evenings resulting in arrests on UU car parks of a car ringing group of criminals
A joint Police Operation in the Central Area is planned over two evenings this December to tackle once a gain crime and anti-social behaviourVisitor CountingPeak Times ?
Countryside Rangers and Headwork's
Controllers have been working together in
problem catchment areas.
We have been successful in working in
multi- agency partnerships with the Police and
Local Authorities, across the South and West
Pennines to combat illegal access and misuse
of water catchment land by four wheel drive
vehicles and motocross / enduro bike riders.
Operation Quad ran from Saturday 24/5/08 to
Sunday 1/6/08, which was half term and
incorporated a Bank Holiday.
In brief the results from the Operation where:
In the Central Team Area alone a£12,000 revenue budget set aside for reactive work has been already utilised since April, replacing stolen infrastructure and vandalised property
Prevention and deterrents;
September 2008 over 50 5ft – 8ft cannabis counting initiative.
plants were found growing and being
cultivated in a UU woodland at
Police said they were the tallest they had ever
On Sunday 25/5/08 there was an unexpected
rave at Ding Quarry near Rochdale/Rossendale
This involved over 1000 people descending on
the area, and raised numerous other issues,
involving drugs offences, motoring offences,
public order, fire risk and nuisance.Other activities we have found taking place on UU land
Stakeholder Engagement counting initiative.
We need to continue to work together on this
subject and also possibly develop an
integrated approach which seeks to address
the key issues of anti-Social behaviour and fly
tipping, we too may need to adopt the ASBO
zone approach on some of our urban
Working with our partners to deliver the
Look at local reasons for fly tipping. No vans
allowed, permits required, high cost for taking
to the amenity tip site.
Local Civic tip amenity sites (are there not
enough of them)
Long queues when you get there for example
Reduce the rewards. Make it easier for the fly
tipper to take the waste to a transfer station
or recycle centre – take away the rewards for
fly tipping savings that some business and
households choose (giving the crook an easy
Our four catchment team’s revenue budgets
have to be spread a long way every year, they
are scrutinised for “best value” and costs for
certain kinds of maintenance are fixed
through framework agreements.
There is little room for manoeuvre.
Some essential maintenance sometimes has
to be taken off line or schedules reduced in
order to release savings in revenue money,
needed to deal with anti-social behaviour and
fly tipping.Final Thoughts
Naddle, near Thirlmere, Cumbria