‘Where are my human rights?’ asks 90-year-old fighting anti-social behaviour in Gants Hill

PUBLISHED: 08:30 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:22 09 November 2016

Gants Hill.

Gants Hill.


Late night anti-social behaviour, including public urination and illegal parking, were the main items on the agenda at a meeting of the council’s overview committee last night.

Concerned resident Rebecca Newman, 90, of Gaysham Avenue, Gants Hill, begged the council to do more to crack down on the offences that have tormented her for as long as 20 years in the alleyway next to her house.

“I may be 90 years old but I’m not mad,” she told the committee, “the police have been wonderful to me but it feels like I’ve been abandoned by the council and something has to be done.

“This week, at 90, I had to go out and sweep out the glass from my garden and hose down my walls. Where are my human rights?

“I’ve lived in Gants Hill for years and they’re not going to force me out, the only way I’ll leave is in a box.”

Among the proposed solutions put forward by councillors and council officers over the course of the meeting included installing a permanent camera outside Mrs Newman’s house, passing a public space protection order around the area and reviewing the licenses of nearby premises selling alcohol.

These recommendations will now go to council officers before being voted on by the cabinet.

Other items on the agenda included plans to overhaul the council’s strategy to combat on-street prostitution and the formation of a new working group to work out how the Council can raise more money through business rates across the borough.

For a full report on last night’s meeting grab a copy of this week’s Recorder, on sale from tomorrow.

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