Two Hatfield homes repossessed following closure orders

PUBLISHED: 15:56 26 November 2018

Crawford Road in Hatfield. 
Picture: Google Street View

Crawford Road in Hatfield. Picture: Google Street View

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Two Hatfield homes have been repossessed by the council following closure orders relating to drug use and dealing.

The repossessed properties, 205 Crawford Road and 38 Stonecross Road, will be put back into circulation for residents currently on Welwyn Hatfield Council’s housing list.

The council worked in partnership with Hertfordshire Constabulary to gather evidence in support of the closure orders in March and August 2018.

Both the council and the police had received a number of calls from members of the public reporting arguments at the addresses, noisy visitors and suspected drug use and drug dealing.

Both tenants did not request a review of the council’s intentions to proceed with mandatory possession before the applications were made.

Councillor Nick Pace, executive member for housing and community, said: “This is a great result for our antisocial behaviour team who worked hard with Herts Constabulary to gather evidence to support the two closure orders and repossessions.

“Closure orders and repossessions are always used as a last resort, and this demonstrates the seriousness of this case and the illegal and antisocial behaviour being committed at both properties.

“We will always take action to protect our residents and to ensure that they feel comfortable in their own homes and out in the community, and we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour in Welwyn Hatfield.

“I am particularly pleased with the result because the two repossessed properties will provide much-needed homes for local people.” Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Sergeant Ricki Vaughan said: “We are very pleased to have assisted our partners at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in this process, which has enabled them to take back possession of both properties in question.

“Following our successful application for two respective closure orders, which temporarily sealed off both properties for three months, the nearby residents were provided with some much-needed respite from the sustained anti-social behaviour and suspected drug activity caused by a minority.

“This allowed the council time to set the wheels in motion for the possession orders, which means that those causing the issues have been evicted to make way for new tenants.

“This is a prime example of how multi-agency working can make a real positive difference to the community and I hope it sends a strong message to those who choose to behave in an antisocial manner.

“If you continue to make the lives of those around you a misery, your behaviour will not be tolerated and we will take action against you.

“I would urge anyone who is suffering from the effects of anti-social behaviour to let us know what is happening by calling 101, reporting it to us online at www.herts.police.uk/Report or by speaking to a Force Control Room operator via our web chat function online.”

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