Problem Solving in Tarbolton - started December 2007

The problem

Through initial Problem Solving meetings involving local residents, Police and Elected Members in the Tarbolton area, it was established that the supply of alcohol to under age young people, the consumption of alcohol in large intimidating groups specifically at Montgomerie Street and graveyard area, and subsequent antisocial behaviour such as vandalism, noise nuisance, graffiti and littering in the immediate area were the main problems to be tackled.

The aims

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.


Interventions thought up and agreed by the group were as follows:

  • CSO deployment
  • Targeted Police Action Plans
  • Pursuit of individuals using ASB legislation
  • Improve lighting on Montgomerie Street
  • Deployment of temporary CCTV camera
  • Diversionary activities
    • Football
    • Streetsport Express
    • Intergenerational ‘History of Tarbolton’ initiative
    • Free access to activity centre
    • Assistance for existing youth club
    • Free fishing for local young people
    • TAYP activities and follow ups


Complaint figures to Police and SACs Community Safety Service relating to youth disorder in Tarbolton have dropped 27% for the first quarter 2009 when compared with 2008.


Work continues in Tarbolton on youth engagement, with new sustainable projects and initiatives being discussed.