Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In My View

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In My View

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Byline: By John Harrison

North Tyneside is a beautiful place. It is a jewel in the North-East crown and its strength is its people. I'm proud to lead the borough and I'm proud that we have so much to look forward to.

We have just agreed a budget for the future that puts our resources at the disposal of the people. But people tell me that they want to see action on anti-social behaviour. It is a phrase that is much bandied about, but it is now a good way to describe types of behaviour we as a society should not tolerate.

Our approach in North Tyneside is based on toleration and mutual respect. Our communities need our support and that is what I intend to deliver. Our communities are the bedrock of a society that respects individuals, but also expects individuals to live up to their responsibilities too.

For too long, we have made excuses for bad behaviour but we must work together to crack this problem. Too often, our responses have been characterised by different agencies with different agendas. Now we have a consensus, we have agencies working together and pooling their resources to crack this common problem.

One of my priorities when I was elected last May was to tackle the menace of anti-social behaviour. I'm proud of our record in North Tyneside, but I believe we can do so much more.

We have a Safer Estates team that has been at the forefront of making our communities safer for the decent, law abiding majority. Working closely with the police, we want to take this forward. We want to give notice that the authority will leave no stone unturned to protect people from loutish behaviour.

We are committed to using the powers the Government has given us through successive legislation to make our communities safer, cleaner and greener.

Our reputation is paramount and we have a reputation for a no nonsense approach to nuisance. Our new budget directs resources into this priority.

We will have new officers dealing directly with the problems associated with a small minority of people who have decided that they are not bound by our common rules of decency and respect for others. …

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