A NEW group aiming to prevent anti-social behaviour in Andover has been formed. 

Andover Town Council has launched an anti-social behaviour working group, proposing to collaborate alongside the police and charities. Several members of the public have also volunteered to join the group. 

During a meeting of the town council on Wednesday, July 19, town clerk Gail Foster said the council were hoping to meet Test Valley Chief Inspector Hayley O’Grady to discuss what sort of crimes are being reported to the police and what information could be made available to the council. 

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A list of “powers” that the council are able to use is also being drawn up so that members can see what types of actions the council can legally take.

The first meeting of the working group is due to take place at The Lights on September 13. 

As part of the meeting, Andover BID is being invited to discuss its rangers and the remit of their work after councillors expressed confusion as to what powers the team had. 

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Cllr Stu Waue said: "We shouldn't suggest that the rangers aren't doing what they should be doing. Instead, we should try and get a better understanding of what their scope of works are and from that we will be able to tackle antisocial behaviour and be able to incorporate the rangers' scope of works from there."

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones has also been invited to attend the meeting, as has the CEO of Yellow Brick Road Project, Siobhan Down, and a number of PCSOs.