Stroud Town Council has taken a pro-active approach to anti-social behaviour in the town centre by organising a meeting to discuss the issue.
About 50 people from a wide range of organisations attended including councillors and officers from Stroud Town Council, Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire County Council; Stroud MP David Drew; Stroud Police; support organisations, doctors, pharmacists and local businesses.
People shared their experiences of anti-social behaviour in the town and worked together to draw up a long list of potential solutions to the problems identified.
Mayor of Stroud Kevin Cranston said: “I am delighted that we received such a positive response to our invitation to work together to deal with wide range of complex and interconnected issues.
“These range from alcohol and drug use by different groups to vandalism and graffiti. All need to be tackled so that we can help make sure people who live and work in Stroud feel safe and welcome in our town.
“There were some ideas that can quickly be implemented, for example installing a sharps bin so that used needles can be safely disposed of, but others are more challenging and will take a bit longer, for example ideas relating to local supported housing.
“The most important achievement of the day was bringing everyone together so that we can work in close partnership in the future. It was really pleasing to see so many people staying on to talk after the formal finish.”