SNP candidate for Houston, Crosslee and Linwood Robert Innes has welcomed the publication of Renfrewshire Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy 2022-25 which was agreed at last months Communities, Housing and Planning Board.

The strategy focuses on Renfrewshire Council and partners working, daily and monthly tasking to identify vulnerability as well as encouraging early intervention and education in an effort to stop anti-social behaviour from occurring in the first place.

One of the most important avenues for partnership working in Renfrewshire is the Community Safety Partnership Hub which has been recognised as best practice nationally.

Renfrewshire’s Community Safety Partnership consists of a number of organisations including the Police, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Housing Associations, Victim Support and other local partners who work together collaboratively on joint priorities in the interest of community safety and public protection. The strategy also sets out some aims for the next three years which include working with private landlords, improving reporting tools, investment in youth and trauma services and improving mediation.

The SNP’s Robert Innes highlighted to us that since becoming a candidate he has been made aware of anti-social behaviour in Linwood, Houston and surrounding areas and has pledged to work closely with Renfrewshire’s Community Safety Partnership hub to make sure this strategy is working positively for people in the area over the coming years.

Robert Innes said: “Anti-social behaviour is one of the predominant issues that people in the Linwood, Houston and Brookfield area have been in touch with me about. Whether it’s vandalism, thefts, violence, noise complaints or unsolicited visitors at our doors and on the streets, it is clearly an issue in the area.”

“It should be pointed out that anti-social behaviour has reduced across Renfrewshire over the years but that doesn’t always mean we are doing enough, let’s reduce it even further. We need the infrastructure and support for people who are turning to anti-social behaviour to be in place and continuously improving while staying relevant to the issues our communities face.”

“This move from Renfrewshire Council to implement the Anti-Social behaviour strategy is welcome news and if successfully elected in May I look forward to working with community safety representatives on making our streets safer.”