As a result of a discussion at the May meeting of the Dunblane Community Council, that all elected members attended, Stirling Council are starting to clean up the mess in the Royals, with issues being tackled ranging from an overgrown front garden to properties with 28 black bags to rear, sofa, carpet, box, wooden unit, doors, and lots of other rubbish in one garden.
The approach taken by Stirling Council follows the ‘Broken Windows Theory’, first introduced in 1982 by social scientists James Q Wilson and George L Kelling, whereby visible signs of crime, anti-social behaviour, and civil disorder creates an environment that encourages further similar behaviour and also more serious crimes. This theory has influenced policy in New York City and a 2007/8 study conducted in the Netherlands supported the theory with their conclusion in Science Magazine saying “One example of disorder, like graffiti or littering, can indeed encourage another, like stealing.”
However the theory is not without its critics including, in the 2010 movie Freakonomicsbased on a 2005 book of the same name where co-authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner confirm and question the notion that the broken windows theory was responsible for New York’s drop in crime, saying “the pool of potential criminals had dramatically shrunk”.
After local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury contacted Dunblane’s community link officer, council officers have arranged a meeting in Dunblane Victoria Halls for residents to discuss Tenants and Residents associations and what associations have achieved in other parts of the country.
Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“I am pleased that council officers recognise that not only is the ongoing anti-social behaviour distressing to residents, that the overall decline in the neighbourhood causes distress and can encourage further anti-social behaviour.”
Local Conservative Councillor Douglas Dodds added:
“I welcome that the council are now taking a proactive approach in tackling the anti-social behaviour problems in the royals.”
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.