Anti-social behaviour is being tackled

CLAIMS have been made that Boston is winning the war against anti-social behaviour, after a poll showed that the majority of respondents agreed that authorities were tackling the problems well.

The results of the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership survey, which covers Boston and East Lindsey, showed that slightly more of the 586 people who took part thought that things were improving than did not - thanks to action by Boston Borough Council, East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire Police.

Fifty-five per cent of those who took part said they had seen improvements.

Improved action was noted across all four areas which were surveyed, including rubbish and litter, people being drunk or rowdy, teenagers hanging around the streets and vandalism, graffiti and deliberate damage to vehicles and property.

In Boston, fewer people said they thought anti-social behaviour was a significant problem than when the survey took place in 2010, but this may be due to the fact that the number of people who took part last year was much lower than in 2011.

Current action to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Boston area include a name-and-shame campaign against people who drop litter and let their dogs foul in public areas, and an initiative to tackle fly-tipping, involving prisoners from HMP North Sea Camp and other partner agencies.