Closure order on problem properties

Two problem properties in Tupton have been slapped with Closure Orders by North East Derbyshire District Council after local residents were subjected to suspected drug related activity and anti social behaviour.

A full Closure Order was granted for the property on Jackson Avenue and a partial Closure Order (meaning only the occupant can remain in the property) was granted for a property on Sales Avenue on 15 March 2019 from Chesterfield Magistrates Court for the use and supply of Class A drugs.

The Council, Rykneld Homes, Police and the Community Safety Partnership had received a series of complaints from local residents that the tenants and their visitors appeared to be drug dealing and were in a ‘drugged state’ in and around their homes. Their behaviour causes alarm and distress which has affected local people’s quality of life.

North East Derbyshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “This is the first time in Derbyshire two closure orders have been obtained simultaneously, so that shows how serious the problem is. The Closure Orders follow a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug supply and taking over recent months.

“The news of these Orders will be music to local residents’ ears as they can now get back to a normal life. A life without the fear of intimidation or constant anti social behaviour that has plagued them for so long.”

The Court granted the Orders as they believed that the use of the premises has resulted in serious nuisance to members of the public and the Orders are necessary to prevent the nuisance and/or disorder from continuing.

Councillor Lilley added, "These type of court actions do take time as we have to go through the proper legal processes, but it does show that we do listen to people and we do take action.

“I would like to thank all the residents’ and officers involved as without them we would not have had achieved this successful outcome.”

The Closure Order is for three-months, and will allow (property owner) possession of the properties and it is an offence if any person tries to enter the property.