A council flat in Mountsorrel has been ordered to close following reports of drug-related anti-social behaviour.
Charnwood Borough Council secured the closure order for the flat in Churchill Road, Mountsorrel on April 6.
The order stops anyone, including the tenant, from entering the property for a period of three months.
Closure orders aim to protect residents and the local community by putting a stop to anti-social behaviour which is taking place in or around the property.
Earlier this year, the council received reports of drug related activity taking place at the flat including drug dealing and drug paraphernalia being taken into the property.
Council officers visited the property to carry out a number of checks and when entering the flat, discovered cannabis being grown inside. Police also attended the scene.
The council worked with partners to gather the evidence required to successfully obtain the closure order at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.
The council will now consider any further action which can be taken in relation to the tenant.
If serious nuisance is caused to local residents, closure orders can be used to prevent people entering the premises and stop the anti-social behaviour. If anyone breaches the order and enters the property, they can be fined or face a prison sentence, depending upon the circumstances.
Council tenants are responsible for their behaviour as well as the behaviour of visitors to the property.
Cllr James Poland, lead member for public housing said: “This is the third closure order the council has secured this year. I hope it clearly shows we will not shy away from taking action against those demonstrating disruptive behaviour and causing a nuisance in our communities.
“The council is committed to working with partners to make our towns and villages safer and I would like to thank all of those involved in securing this latest closure order.
“If anyone is experiencing anti-social behaviour, I would ask them to please report it to us so we can look into it.”
The closure order will remain in place until July 6, 2022.
Local residents with concerns about anti-social behaviour can report them on the Council’s website at www.charnwood.gov.uk/asb