North Devon Partnership Day of Action for ASB Awareness Week

The North Devon Council, along with other agencies, is supporting a national week of action to continue efforts to tackle the scourge of anti-social behavior (ASB).

National ASB Awareness Week, which runs from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, will see a multi-agency effort to continue making a collective effort to quell the problem.

A key element of the week will focus on the partnership work taking place in local areas to address anti-social behavior. With this in mind, the council and police – along with other partners – will be taking part in the Barnstaple Town Center ASB Day of Action on Thursday 21 July. Representatives from the council’s Environmental, Waste and Recycling and Homeless Awareness teams, along with an ASB officer and a Community Safety Partnership officer will meet for a day of action, in response to an increase in ASB reports in the city centre. They will be joined by representatives from Barnstaple City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and the volunteer group Barnstaple in Bloom. Some of the activities the group is planning are:

  • company visits to advise the SBA
  • patrols to combat street drinking and associated anti-social behavior
  • litter pick-up and downtown clean-up, including repairing and painting bollards and benches, cleaning bins and weeding
  • dog fouling patrols
  • engagement with the homeless
  • a welcoming place for people to discuss their concerns at Shambles in the arches of Guildhall

Natasha Rowland, North Devon Council Services Manager for Housing, Vulnerable People and Community Safety, said: “We are fully aware that ASB can affect residents and the community as a whole and can take many forms, ranging from persistent low level noise nuisance to severe public disturbance.This can include a wide range of issues such as drinking in the street, aggressive begging, littering and littering. to urinate and defecate in public.

“ASB incidents are often best resolved through a multi-agency response, as many organizations can play a key role in addressing them and providing an appropriate resolution. Our Barnstaple Town Center ASB Day of Action will be l opportunity for partners to come together and talk with residents, visitors and businesses about how we can each play a part in the fight against ASB for the good of the whole community.

“We are working hard to reduce ASB in the city center and the neighborhood as a whole, and will continue to support businesses to help them do the same. By taking a partnership approach, we aim to improve the quality of life and experience for all residents, businesses and visitors to our city centers.”

Acting Devon and Cornwall Police Sergeant Eisenblatter-Naylor says: “We look forward to meeting all the different agencies and volunteers who look after our town centre.

“The Barnstaple Area Neighborhood Team is made up of two Sergeants, five Constables and three PCSOs. The area we cover includes Barnstaple and has a border that extends to Westleigh and Instow, Yelland, Fremington, Bratton Fleming , Chapleton, Swimbridge, Landkey, Cobbaton, Shirwell and Goodleigh.

“Our responsibilities are quite varied, focusing on priority community issues based on the principles of threat, risk and damage management. These currently include drug supply and anti-social street behavior, as well as crime and unrest. Having a full day where our team is fully focused on the downtown area will undoubtedly lead to positive results. When you see us, come talk to us, we want to hear about the issues affecting you in our city. ”

The council’s Facebook page now provides regular updates from its ASB team on the work they do daily in the community. All activities related to the council’s work to combat ASB can be found using #NDCsaysnotoASB. Regular updates are also posted by the council’s outreach team, which works to support homeless people in the district.

Non-emergency anti-social behavior can be reported to the police by email via [email protected], online chat or via the 101 telephone service if necessary. Live waiting times for 101 calls can be viewed by visiting In an emergency, always call the police on 999.

More information about PSPO anti-social behavior in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe can be found on the council’s website at

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