Housing officer nominated for national award

Kristina Browning has been put forward for a RESOLVE ASB Award for her efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour on her patch.

Senior housing officer Paul McGarry nominated Kristina for the Practitioner of the Year category and she finds out in April if she’s won.

The awards recognise the outstanding contribution of tenants, housing officers, ASB and Community Safety practitioners in resolving anti-social behaviour and making communities safer.

Paul said: “This is great news for Krissy. This is the first time anyone from PCH has been shortlisted. These are really competitive awards so for her to make the final three nationally is brilliant. We’ll all be cheering her on!”

Kristina has played a key part in combatting ASB around Whitleigh Green, which had been plagued by gangs of youths causing problems.

She held meetings with the council, police and local residents who jointly worked to try and get the ringleaders to sign acceptable behaviour contracts, a voluntary agreement to improve their behaviour.

However, these were unsuccessful in some cases so other formal intervention, including legal action, was needed and we applied for anti-social behaviour injunctions.

Once these were in place, the bad behaviour stopped and Kristina also worked towards getting CCTV in Whitleigh.

Kristina said: “I really appreciate Paul nominating me. It was a joint effort working alongside other agencies and I had a lot of support from the rest of the Whitleigh team. Although it was a lot of hard work at the time, it was worth it to see the difference it has made in the community.”

Pictured: Kristina (right), with (left to right) Assistant Housing Officer Lynda Haley and Plymouth City Councillor Sally Haydon at the launch of Whitleigh's CCTV last year