Problem Solving in Arran Park, Prestwick - started July 2008
Through initial Problem Solving meetings involving local residents, Police and Elected Members in the Arran Park area of Prestwick, it was established that the supply of alcohol to under age young people, the consumption of alcohol in large intimidating groups specifically at the youth shelter, and subsequent antisocial behaviour such as vandalism, noise nuisance and littering in the immediate area were the main problems to be tackled.
Other problems such as fly tipping and dog fouling were highlighted in the wider Arran Park area.
Going through the problem solving process, it was established that the aims of any interventions put in place would be to reduce the levels of complaint relating to antisocial behaviour in the area to Police Scotland and SACs Community Safety Service, and to reduce by degrees the levels of dog fouling and fly tipping.
Interventions thought up and agreed by the group were as follows:
- Environmental clean up/litter picks
- Information packs sent to all households with Police, antisocial behaviour and Crimestoppers contact details
- Re-positioning of the youth shelter
- Painting of shelter and graffiti boards
- Upgrade of statue that had been vandalised
- Targeted dog fouling initiative
- Targeted fly tipping initiative
- Community Safety Officer deployment
- Repair of communal close doors entry systems
- Targeted Police Action Plans
- Pursuit of individuals using ASB legislation
- Deployment of temporary CCTV camera
- Diversionary activities
- Streetsport Express
- Intergenerational allotment project
Complaints to Police and SACs Community Safety Service relating to youth disorder dropped 84% when compared with the previous year (2008 – 2007) in the Prestwick area.
2009 again saw a large reduction in calls to Police and SACs Community Safety Service in relation to youth disorder. There have been 5 calls in total to the services, compared to over 100 during the corresponding period in 2007 in the Prestwick area.
Work continues to tackle fly tipping and dog fouling in the Arran Park area, with anecdotal evidence that the situation is improving.