Association welcomes new ASBO powers

NEW powers to tackle anti-social behaviour have been welcomed by a recently-established housing association. Stevenage Homes, which was set up in October 2006, is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO), managing Stevenage Borough Council s housing

NEW powers to tackle anti-social behaviour have been welcomed by a recently-established housing association.

Stevenage Homes, which was set up in October 2006, is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO), managing Stevenage Borough Council's housing stock of 8,200 rented homes and 1,400 leasehold flats.

New powers, announced by the Government earlier this month, will for the first time give ALMOs the ability to apply for anti-social behaviour orders.

Stevenage Homes chief executive Cathy Deplessis said: "We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and we will use all the tools available to deal with it.

"Our aim is always to try and alter people's anti-social behaviour, but if they refuse to change we can now take further action against them."

Since its launch, Stevenage Homes has helped the police shut down two crack houses.