Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has called on SNP led Stirling Council to get tough on anti-social behaviour.
The call comes as it has been revealed that Stirling Council has not updated its anti-social behaviour strategy since 2017.
This is despite the number of anti-social behaviour incidents recorded by Police Scotland in Stirling rising to almost 15 per day.
Figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives also show that despite this rise in complaints, only 11 acceptable behaviour contracts, 0 Anti-Social Behaviour orders and 2 unacceptable behaviour notices were issued in the council area 2017/18.
Scottish Conservatives used a debate on anti-social behaviour today at Holyrood to call for the SNP to double the fixed penalty notice to £100 for more serious anti-social behaviour like property damage.
Mr Lockhart has also written to Stirling Council outlining the concerns of his constituents regarding anti-social behaviour.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’A large proportion of constituent enquiries that I deal with as a Member of the Scottish Parliament relate to noise, vandalism and disruptive drunken behaviour.
‘’These issues have a huge impact on people’s quality of life and, if they aren’t resolved can lead to significant stress and anxiety, not to mention the destruction of the local environment.
‘’It is frankly unacceptable that Stirling Council have not updated their anti-social behaviour strategy since 2017.
‘’Aside from the strategy being out of date, the number of anti-social behaviour notices has dropped to a pitiful level, despite the number of recorded incidents increasing.
‘’As a first step, the Scottish Government needs to introduce a higher fixed penalty notice for the most serious offences.
‘’This would start to put trust back into communities impacted by this blight on society.
‘’Stirling Council should make it a priority to review and update the strategy as soon as possible.’’