Action to be taken on anti-social behaviour in central Leigh

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Residents in central Leigh are being reassured that action is being taken to address increasing concerns over anti-social behaviour.

Wigan Council, Greater Manchester Police, Community leaders and other agencies have met with Leigh MP Jo Platt and local councillors to pull together a plan of action after numerous reports from residents.

The meeting helped the council, police and partners identify immediate steps to address the issues.

Actions include:

• Working in partnership to address homelessness
• Enforcement action taken by the council’s streetscene teams on fly-tipping in the area
• A higher police presence in the area
• Exploring ways to improve community cohesion
• A strategy for private and social housing
• The council, police and agencies working more closely with the community
• Support to deliver a range of community events
• Initiatives supported by local councillors who are keen to support residents

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for police, crime and civil contingencies, said: “We are taking the concerns of residents extremely seriously and have come together to identify the actions we can take to get results on this issue.

“There are a number of practical measures which we have already taken and there will be more which we will work through in the coming weeks.

“While some of the matters raised are very complex and will not be resolved overnight we are all determined to tackle those causing anti-social behaviour and to improve the quality of life for all residents affected.

“We have agreed to have regular meetings with residents to keep them updated and to try and improve information sharing especially between residents and the police.

“We are also exploring ways to gain a new community space in the area to improve the strength of the local community and cohesion among different groups.”

Inspector Darryl Codling said: “Antisocial behaviour is one of the issues residents have told us causes them the most concern and we understand the huge impact it can have on people’s lives.

“We remain committed to tackling antisocial behaviour so that residents can enjoy a peaceful summer, and will be working closely with our partners to respond to incidents and reduce crimes.

“I’d urge the community to be proactive in reporting any instances of antisocial behaviour to police on 101 or via the new live chat function of the GMP website.”

If anyone has any concerns about anti-social behaviour they should report it to the council via the Report It app or ring GMP on 101. In the event of an emergency ring 999.