Yobs’ parents risk losing their homes

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Burnfoot parents may face eviction from their homes if they fail to control their antisocial children.

This was the stark message following a multi-agency meeting at Burnfoot earlier this month.

Police, members of the community and local councillors met in an attempt to stem a surge in antisocial behaviour from youths on the estate.

Councillor Stuart Marshall raised concerns last week over a spate of attacks on property and abuse to residents.

Mr Marshall, who, along with fellow member Watson McAteer, met representatives from Police Scotland on January 9 in the health flat at Burnfoot, told the Hawick News: “Residents were told at Friday’s meeting that landlords have the powers to serve eviction notices on unruly and antisocial tenants.

“This may well be a route that might have to be taken by the Registered Social Landlords in order to calm things down . “

He added: “If there’s one thing for sure, it is that the police cannot resolve these issues alone and all of us as public representatives must play a role in helping these residents with this type of antisocial behaviour, and if it involves working with the antisocial behaviour unit, landlords , social work, schools, victim Support and others in order to do so then so be it.

Both Councillors McAteer and Marshall intend to hold monthly surgeries in the health flat and are hoping to invite a representative from various groups.

Councillor Marshall added: “It is a real shame that a small minority of youths who obviously have no respect for their neighbourhood can bring so much misery to the lives of so many law-abiding residents , some of whom have lived in Burnfoot all their lives and have never had to endure this kind of behaviour
before.

“But hopefully with the good work that is being done by the police and others it won’t be too long before peace is restored to a community that has far more positives than negatives.”

Local landlord SBHA confirmed this week that tenants could face eviction from their homes if they fail to control children.

The housing provider’s tenancy agreement states: “You, those living with you, and your visitors must not allow your children to cause nuisance or annoyance to other people by failing to exercise reasonable control.”

But a spokesperson said eviction would be an extreme measure: This would be the very last resort. A sheriff would have to be satisfied all possible actions by the housing association, council, and other agencies had been exhausted. The sheriff would have the final decision.”