Brixton meeting on anti-social behaviour tonight

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Evidence of drug use on an Effra Road doorstep

Eight local community groups joined by Brixton residents will today (26 September) launch Action on ASB! a campaign against anti-social behaviour.

They will meet from 7 to 9pm at Papa’s Park Café at 10-17 Pulross Road, SW9 8AF.

Organisers said Action on ASB! has been formed “because residents, community groups and businesses are frustrated with the inaction on dealing with the rising levels of antisocial behaviour (ASB) in Brixton town centre and the surrounding area”.

They said much of it is crack-related, including drug use/dealing, human toileting, loitering, begging, intimidation, trespass, theft and vandalism.

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How the Brixton Bugle reported anti-social behaviour a year ago

“Residents feel unsafe in the streets and when trying to access their homes, where stepping over crack users in doorways and stairwells has become the norm,” the organisers said.

“Action on ASB! is giving a voice to the community so is concerns can be heard.

“We understand it’s a complex issue requiring multiple organisations to work together but, in reality, there is little evidence that this is happening.

“Reports of ASB are not being taken seriously, and the response from those responsible is not having an impact.”

Also at the meeting will be Gabriel Cameron, Metropolitan Police superintendent for Lambeth, Michael Smith, operations director for Brixton Business Improvement District (BID) and Cllr Mahamad Hashi, Lambeth council cabinet member for safer communities.

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Broken and burned: A ‘bug hotel’ from Brixton Orchard

Organisers said the goals of Action on ASB! are to:

  • Make ASB a priority for the Metropolitan Police and Lambeth council in Brixton town centre and surrounding areas
  • Hold local organisations accountable for delivering services to deal with ASB
  • Lobby for more resources to deal with the issue.

Representatives from these groups are expected to be at the meeting.

  • Afewee training centre
  • Brixton Mosque
  • Brixton Terrace Tenant & Residents Association
  • Dalyell Area Residents’ Association
  • Papa’s Park children’s playground
  • Stockwell Village Association
  • SW9 Housing
  • Tunstall Road Residents’ Group.

Residents from Angell Town and Chantrey Road are also expected.

To be kept up to date with the progress of the campaign, learn more or get involved, contact the organisers at