Closure order for persistent ASB in Glen Parva

Leicester Magistrates' Courts

A flat leased by a nuisance resident in Glen Parva has been shut down after a closure order was granted at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Neighbours started complaining to Blaby District Council last June about the persistent anti-social behaviour of the resident, a woman in her 40s.

They reported the woman had visitors at all hours of the night, causing disturbance, and they suspected drug-taking was taking place. Neighbours said they felt unsafe, were unable to sleep through the night, which was impacting on their work, and they were fearful they could be targeted for making complaints.  

Working in partnership with Leicestershire Police, the victims were supported by Blaby District Council’s Community Safety Team. Two warnings were issued to the woman in September. She was given the opportunity to make changes to her lifestyle and was also offered support to make these changes, however, these offers were declined.  

At this point the Community Safety Team felt the only option was to seek a closure order. The case was compiled, supported by Police colleagues, and the order was granted during a short hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 6 March.  

This means that no one, including the resident, can enter the property for a period of three months. Anyone entering is committing a criminal offence. The order can be extended for a further three months if there are reasonable grounds to do so.  

Councillor Les Phillimore, Blaby District Council Portfolio Holder for Housing, Community and Environmental Services, said: "The closure order gives the victims of the anti-social behaviour the break they need and offers a return to normal life.

"It also gives the resident in question the opportunity to get the help and support needed to make lifestyle changes.

"It is a shame we have been forced to resort to a closure order as we were keen to support both the neighbours and the resident, however, we hope at least this order will lead to positive outcomes all round."

Councillor Les Phillimore

Councillor Les Phillimore
Portfolio Holder for Housing, Community and Environmental Services

01 May 2024