Borough of Poole has taken legal action to stop vandalism and anti-social behaviour at vacant buildings near Poole Quay.
The council has been granted a three month Premises Closure Order for West Quay Marina, 22, 23 and 25B to 25H West Quay Road by Poole Magistrates. The order expires on 31 January 2018.
The vacant and derelict buildings, including the former City Bay Views Restaurant, were a focus for anti-social behaviour. Vandals have persistently broken into the building and caused severe damage. The building has also been used by rough sleepers.
The closure order prohibits unauthorised entry into a property, which if ignored is a criminal offence.
Residents had raised concerns with the council and Dorset Police about vandalism and the safety of young people accessing the building.
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health, Social Care, Housing and Communities, Borough of Poole, said: “The council has taken this prompt action in response to concerns raised by the local community about the safety of the young people who enter the buildings. Empty buildings such as these potentially pose a risk and it is now a criminal offence so we recommend people stay away.”
Ian Cooke, Safer Communities Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “West Quay Marina is due for demolition and redevelopment, but in the meantime the people who now misuse it pose a risk to themselves and others. We have worked closely with the buildings’ owners and Dorset Police in obtaining this order to combat anti-social behaviour and to protect our communities and those young people who have been entering the property from harm.”
If you have been affected by anti-social behaviour, there are a number of ways to report it. If it is an emergency, and someone’s safety or property is at risk, please call Dorset Police on 999.
If it is less urgent, you can:
- call the Police non emergency number 101 (24 hour service) if you need a police officer to attend or visit, or to report a crime
- call Borough of Poole on 01202 633438 (during working hours) if you want to complain about an incident that has occurred and you need help or support, or you want us to investigate with our partners
- report the incident online at poole.gov.uk using the 'report it' form
- contact Crimestoppers or 0800 555 111 to report problems anonymously