The Council has successfully obtained a closure order on a property in Pontypridd, following numerous complaints linking the property with anti-social behaviour related to drug dealing and drug use.
Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court heard the case brought by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council against the tenant of a flat in Beddau (10 Woodland Road). The case was heard on Thursday, August 22, and followed 97 reported incidents from concerned residents relating to the property since January 2016 – with 66 of these recorded between January and August 2019.
The reported activity ranged from allegations of drug dealing and drug use, drug-related litter around the property, threatening behaviour, noise disturbance in the day and late at night, and anti-social behaviour by visitors.
The Council brought its action in consultation with South Wales Police and Trivallis Housing Association. Trivallis, which owns the property, is looking to take tenancy enforcement action against the tenant – and the Council chose to pursue a closure order in the meantime, to provide respite to neighbours.
Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the Council issued a 48-hour closure notice on the property on August 19, before the court proceedings were due to take place later that week. Having considered the evidence provided by the Council, South Wales Police and Trivallis, the Court granted the closure order for three months – until November 22, 2019.
The tenant must now find alternative accommodation during the closure period, and a person will commit an offence if they enter or remain at the premises during the three-month order. Trivallis staff are permitted to enter the property in order to carry out housing management functions.
Louise Davies, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Service Director, Public Protection, said: “I’m pleased the Court granted a three-month closure notice for 10 Woodland Road, following the Council’s case against the tenant.
“We have worked closely with South Wales Police and Trivallis on this case, which has seen a substantial number of incidents reported from concerned local residents over four-and-a-half years – with 66 complaints in 2019 alone.
“Local residents have expressed concerns about their well-being as a result of the drug-related activity at 10 Woodland Road, with some saying they are considering moving away from the area. The behaviour of the tenant and visitors to the property is clearly unacceptable, which is why the Council used its powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
"We hope the Council’s action, and the successful result from Court, provides reassurance for local residents and the wider community, and we are committed to continuing to work with police and Trivallis on this matter.”
Posted on Friday 6th September 2019