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Title: Anti-social behaviour and its impact on the Catchment teams Presented by : Glynn Haworth Countryside Ranger


1
Anti-social behaviour and its impact on the
Catchment teams Presented by Glynn Haworth
Countryside Ranger
  • All four Catchment teams experience a wide range
    of
  • anti-social and urban pressure on access,
    recreation
  • and water catchment areas.
  • Mostly affected on a daily basis are the Central
    Area
  • and the Southern areas as they are both
    surrounded by
  • large urban conurbations, e.g., Manchester,
    Bolton,
  • Blackburn, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, etc.
  • The Northern team and Bowland team suffer less
    anti-social behaviour
  • possibly due to their location in more rural
    areas and within the
  • Lake District National Park, which has more
    responsible visitors.
  • UU estates seem to be an easy target for fly
    tipping and
  • anti-social behaviour as town centre ASBOS push
    out
  • some activities, which are now occurring in rural
    areas.
  • Here people can carry out anti-social behaviour
    where
  • man power and resources are thinner on the
    ground,
  • With less chance of being caught.

2
Anti-social Behaviour
  • 3 categories of ASB.
  • Street problems , nuisance neighbours and
    the one which impacts mostly on UU is
  • Environmental crime, it has a huge impact on our
    estates and for the communities we operate in.
  • It can ruin public spaces, create water quality
    issues and is expensive to clean up.
  • Environmental crime can include
  • fly-tipping - dumping household or commercial
    rubbish in private or public areas
  • littering - deliberately dropping litter
  • Dog Fouling, graffiti - spray-painting or
  • marking or defacing private property.
  • Vandalism - damaging private property or
    facilities such as pay and display machines.
  • Damage to fencing and fires in public open spaces
  • Illegal activities or Misuse of private or public
    open spaces

3
Fly tipping
  • United Utilities land is regularly used as a
    dumping
  • ground by rogue fly-tippers.
  • Hundreds of fly tipping incidents a year are
    uncovered
  • throughout the North West Region.
  • Costing thousands of pounds of incidental Ranger
    and staff
  • time to remove and lost revenue from pay and
    display
  • machines through vandalism.
  • Since April 2008 The Central Team have spent
    4,280.00
  • with a similar amount being spent in the Southern
    Area of
  • 5776.00 in revenue money removing fly tipping,
    mainly
  • domestic household waste, tyres and white items
    following the
  • introduction of the WEEE Directive.
  • Around 2500 has been allocated towards
    fly-tipping
  • And vandalism in the North area mainly on car
    park areas , with
  • 2500 being spent on a vandalised toilet block
  • The Bowland Area mainly suffers from 4X4 off
    roading issues !

4
Fly tipping
  • UU have recently been involved with
  • providing information to ENCAMS and the E.A for
    The Fly Capture database which was set up in 2004
    by Defra, the Environment Agency and the Local
    Government Association.
  • The aim of the database is to build the evidence
    base for fly-tipping in order to inform future
    policy making and to provide local authorities
    with a management tool which enables a problem
    solving approach to be taken to fly-tipping.


5
Visitor Counting Peak Times ?
  • Some interesting data came out of the recent
    visitor counting initiative.
  • Some car parks have been busier during night time
    , due to a number of anti social behaviours
  • This has assisted us in targeting problem car
    park areas and we have worked on joint operations
    with the Police to tackle the issues late a t
    night which have also caused noise and nuisance
    to residents and neighbours of UU
  • Some of these car parks are now locked at night
    time and also the data has been used to assist
    the Police with getting extra resources to patrol
    the areas of high use in the evenings resulting
    in arrests on UU car parks of a car ringing group
    of criminals
  • A joint Police Operation in the Central Area is
    planned over two evenings this December to tackle
    once a gain crime and anti-social behaviour

6
Fly tipping Enforcement, Education and
Deterrence
  • UU Rangers and field staff regularly patrol areas
    known to attract fly tipping.
  • We are working in partnership with the Police and
    a number of local authorities across the region
    to bring prosecutions wherever possible.
  • Other methods have been to design fly tipping
    areas out of the site by creating soil bunds to
    remove unofficial parking areas and lay-bys.
  • Erecting barriers to restrict access to vehicles
  • Erecting visible warning signage
  • Installing CCTV Cameras through joint initiatives
    with E.A and Local Authorities
  • Reporting more occurrences to the E.A and
    collecting data and evidence to assist with
    future prosecutions.

7
Tackling 4x4 illegal off road nuisance
  • Countryside Rangers and Headwork's
  • Controllers have been working together in
  • problem catchment areas.
  • We have been successful in working in
  • multi- agency partnerships with the Police and
  • Local Authorities, across the South and West
  • Pennines to combat illegal access and misuse
  • of water catchment land by four wheel drive
  • vehicles and motocross / enduro bike riders.
  • Issues
  • damage to SSSI habitat and areas of high
    landscape value
  • Landscape erosion problems and increased water
    quality risk
  • Destruction and disturbance of ground nesting
    birds
  • Damage to property
  • Injury to general public and livestock
  • Bikes riding on footpaths and bridleways risking
    injury to legitimate users

8
Results - Operation Quad
  • Operation Quad ran from Saturday 24/5/08 to
  • Sunday 1/6/08, which was half term and
  • incorporated a Bank Holiday.  
  • In brief the results from the Operation where
  • 66 section 59 Police Reform Act warnings (riding
    on moorland in a manner causing annoyance)
  • 44 seizures (inc no insurance, s59 seizures,
    stolen vehicle)
  • 10 fixed penalties (riding on moorland, no
    helmets)
  • 8 summons (no insurance, riding on moorland)
  • 2 arrests (drink drive/disqualified driving and
    criminal damage)
  • plus on 25/5/08 5 arrests (motoring and drugs
    offences)

9
Theft of infrastructure and assets
  • An enormous amount of property is constantly
    disappearing from rural locations.
  • Linked usually to the market price of stone and
    high scrap metal prices
  • Although timber gates also go as quick.
  • Gates, barriers, dry stone walling and ornate
    pieces of stonework are stolen sometimes to order
    or bound for the scrap metal dealers or landscape
    gardeners , property development etc.
  • In the Central Team Area alone a 12,000 revenue
    budget set aside for reactive work has been
    already utilised since April, replacing stolen
    infrastructure and vandalised property
  • Prevention and deterrents
  • Police smart water,
  • Regular Police Operations
  • Engraving gates with United Utilities wording,
    but this adds to increased replacement costs.
  • Considering alternative materials , such as
    recycled plastics

10
Other activities we have found taking place on UU
land
  • September 2008 over 50 5ft 8ft cannabis
  • plants were found growing and being
  • cultivated in a UU woodland at
  • Haslingden Grane.
  • Police said they were the tallest they had ever
  • Seen.
  • On Sunday 25/5/08 there was an unexpected
  • rave at Ding Quarry near Rochdale/Rossendale
  • border.  
  • This involved over 1000 people descending on
  • the area, and raised numerous other issues,
  • involving drugs offences, motoring offences,
  • public order, fire risk and nuisance.  

11
Final Thoughts
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • We need to continue to work together on this
  • subject and also possibly develop an
  • integrated approach which seeks to address
  • the key issues of anti-Social behaviour and fly
  • tipping, we too may need to adopt the ASBO
  • zone approach on some of our urban
  • catchments.
  • Working with our partners to deliver the
  • right solutions
  • Look at local reasons for fly tipping. No vans
  • allowed, permits required, high cost for taking
  • to the amenity tip site.
  • Local Civic tip amenity sites (are there not
  • enough of them)
  • Long queues when you get there for example
  • Reduce the rewards. Make it easier for the fly
  • tipper to take the waste to a transfer station
  • or recycle centre take away the rewards for
  • Our four catchment teams revenue budgets
  • have to be spread a long way every year, they
  • are scrutinised for best value and costs for
  • certain kinds of maintenance are fixed
  • through framework agreements.
  • There is little room for manoeuvre.
  • Some essential maintenance sometimes has
  • to be taken off line or schedules reduced in
  • order to release savings in revenue money,
  • needed to deal with anti-social behaviour and
  • fly tipping.

12
Thank you for listening its not all bad out
there
Naddle, near Thirlmere, Cumbria
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