Safer Merton shuts down nuisance premises over ASB concerns

Merton Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) team has achieved another victory for residents, after officers secured the closure of land behind a premises in the borough which had been fly-tipped consistently and seen street drinking, drug taking and dealing take place on it. 

Working alongside the South London Legal Partnership, the ASB team took the case to court and was granted a Premises Closure Order on rear land behind 42 Tamworth Lane, CR4 1DA, on 24 November at Wimbledon Magistrates Court, under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  

The operation was a result of joint work between ASB officers from Safer Merton and the council’s Planning team. The initial issue around activity at the premises was brought to their attention by local councillor Natasha Irons.  

The property has now been closed to anyone apart from council officers, their agents and the emergency services for a period of three months ending on 23 February 2023. The site will soon be boarded up to prevent further incursions on it. 

Earlier this year, Safer Merton achieved closures of premises on Commonside East and Radnor Close, both CR4, both of which were shut down for three months each for similar cases of anti-social behaviour. 

Councillor Eleanor Stringer, Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, said: “This is another great result for our ASB and Planning teams, who continue to work tirelessly to shut down venues which cause disturbance for locals. 

“Anti-social behaviour can make life a misery for residents and Merton is committed to reducing the impact that it has on neighbourhoods in the borough.” 

If you have any issues around anti-social behaviour, Safer Merton’s ASB team can be contacted by telephone on 020 8274 490 or by email at asbu@merton.gov.uk