Ashfield council house tenants may be separated by age

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Council tenants in a Nottinghamshire district could be separated according to their age as part of a plan to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The plans are being put forward by Ashfield District Council after complaints from residents.

John and Shirley Harvey, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, said they have suffered 14 months of abuse from younger neighbours and appealed for help from the council.

The authority said it may use a lettings policy to set up the zones.

Mrs Harvey, 77, said she had had eggs thrown at her windows and problems with youths swearing outside her home.

"It would be easier to move but there's a problem here and I want it solving not only for me but for other people," she said.

The new zones would separate young single people aged over 18 from those over the age of 60 in some areas of the district.

'Isolated schemes'

Some older residents have said they would not welcome separate zones.

Council leader Chris Baron said: "We know from our experience as elected members that often the 18 plusses do not mix with the 60 plusses because they have different lifestyles, different attitudes and ways of living.

"It wouldn't be carte blanche across the whole of Ashfield, they will be isolated schemes."

He said the council was tackling anti-social behaviour but this measure would help alleviate the problem in certain areas.

The lettings policy would have to be put before the council and agreed by the relevant portfolio holder.

The authority covers Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Hucknall.

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