A flat where the tenant subjected her neighbours to fighting, knife threats and excessive noise has been made the subject of a Partial Closure Order
Croydon Council secured the three month order on Flat 5 Flagon Court, St Andrews Road, Croydon, at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on Wednesday 31 July.
The council took the case to court after ongoing complaints about antisocial and intimidating behaviour were made by several residents. The residents’ concerns were also shared with the magistrates.
The council’s antisocial behaviour (asb) team first became aware of the property in March 2019 when a Drugs Misuse Warrant was executed at the venue and arrests were made.
Since then the team has continued to work in partnership with owners Wandle Housing Association to help stop the asb.
This work has included visits to the property to investigate the residents’ concerns.An Acceptable Behaviour Agreement was then issued to the tenant telling her not to engage in, or carry out any behaviour that causes alarm, distress or harassment to other people.
A trespass notice was also issued on visitors to stop them from entering the property.
The council then pursued legal action as the tenant did not change her behaviour,
The Partial Closure Order means the tenant, and a person supporting her, are the only people permitted to enter and remain in the property.
“We will always pursue appropriate action against tenants who cause such disruption to their neighbours.
“The residents at Flagon Court have had to put up with antisocial behaviour that was having a serious impact on their lives and that is unacceptable. I am pleased the court granted this order.”
Councillor David Wood, deputy cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
The order will cease on Wednesday 30 October, but meanwhile meetings will be held between the antisocial behaviour team and the housing association to discuss what future action may be taken after this date.
If further reports of asb are received, the council will seek permission from the courts to extend the Order for a further three months to February 2020.