Angry residents in Gorebridge claim an increase in the number of Houses of Multiple Occupancy has led to a rise in local crime.
Locals told Gorebridge Community Council’s last meeting there had been an increase in incidents of vandalism, theft, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
They blamed a recent rise in the number HMOs in Main Street.
But Councillor Bryan Pottinger (Lab), told the Advertiser he had spoken to police about the issue and was quick to separate crime from HMOs.
He said: “Community safety is a different agenda and totally separate to an HMO. You can’t predict what an HMO will bring to an area, you can’t blame these kinds of problems on HMOs.
Gorebridge Community Council chairman Peter Maher believes the local residents were right to come to them with their concerns and that on meeting them he quickly realised the ‘severity’ of the problem locally.
Community Councillor Archie Pacey said: “After the meeting I wrote to the council about this because I discovered that there was an application in for a further HMO in Gorebridge. I asked them to not take any action on it until it was fully discussed.”
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