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New measures to tackle anti-social behaviour only a first step

7 April, 2004

Sinn Fein Housing Spokesperson, West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has welcomed the announcement of new measures to tackle anti-social behaviour within Housing Executive estates but added that this is only the first step in tackling the issue.

Mr McCann said:

"This is a good first step now that the Housing Executive has been given these powers. The test will be to ensure that they are used to rid estates of those who persistently make the lives of other residents a misery.

"Sinn Féin will be making representations to the NIO Minister for these powers to be extended. In particular there is a problem about those within Housing Executive estates who own their homes. These measures will have little impact on private tenants yet in some instances such tenants have become the focus of very serious anti-social issues.

"We will work with the Housing Executive to ensure action is taken to reclaim our streets and to build sustainable communities where both young and old can flourish. This will require further measures, greater partnership and imagination." ENDS

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