Kildare County Council says it is tackling anti-social behavior in areas

Kildare County Council said it was working to tackle anti-social behavior in its home areas on several fronts.

This follows a call for a study into tackling anti-social behavior in County Kildare from Cllrs Ciara Galvin and Mark Leigh.

They said strategies used here and elsewhere would be reviewed with a view to “developing a holistic, evidence-based strategy.”

Cllr Galvin told a KCC meeting on June 27 that the success of existing measures would be assessed and the residents’ association should be involved.

In a report, KCC manager Annette Aspell said the local authority is required to publish a plan setting out anti-social behavior and outlining the steps that will be taken to prevent and eliminate anti-social behavior in areas owned by the council.

An Anti-Social Behavior Forum was convened in 2020 to discuss the issue and forum members include statutory and non-statutory organisations. The council’s housing department is currently developing a property management strategy and it is intended that this will complement the anti-social strategy.

A new Forum meeting will be convened in 2022 to discuss this new strategy, before it is presented to elected officials.

Ms Aspell also said that KCC promotes and encourages tenant participation and involvement in council owned areas to achieve good property management. The council employs five Tenant Liaison Officers (TLOs) and five Community Workers (CWs) and one TLO and one CW are assigned to individual areas of the council, working in partnership.

The meeting also learned that some areas of local authorities will be identified for intensive work and intervention.

The TLO engages with tenants to ensure compliance with the terms of the council tenancy agreement and, where appropriate, implements the provisions of the anti-social strategy.

CWs help ensure tenant participation in development/improvement of the estate to minimize anti-social behavior.

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KCC has funded a number of community programs to address anti-social behavior and these work with youth engagement initiatives, diverting young people at risk or involved in anti-social or criminal behavior.

These projects offer tailored activities to facilitate personal development, promote civic responsibility and improve long-term employability prospects. The goal of these programs is to reduce impulsivity, improve empathy, and improve prosocial behavior.

Beginning this year, the Joint Policing Board arranged for individual areas of the council to allocate local property tax to create a dedicated fund for youth diversion programs across the county.

Service providers will identify specific projects per application through the grants process. Once funding has been approved and granted, a project completion report must be submitted annually to the CPM.

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