SOME peace has returned to the troubled Berry Brow flats.
Kirklees Council and the police had a summer crackdown at 16-storey Holme Park Court and Bishop's Court, off Woodhead Road, to tackle crime, vandalism and anti- social behaviour.
Kirklees Council officials told a meeting of the area's housing management committee that, while there was still much work to do, the flats were much quieter, following the council's zero tolerance policy.
The committee also discussed the towers' long-term future.
One idea is that the site could be sold for housing.
Recent police raids and increased council staffing have helped maintain calm at the blocks, which had become notorious as centres for crime.
Two police actions in July netted a number of suspected burglars and drug dealers.
Three anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) have been imposed on young residents.
More are being considered.
For some time the flats have been a drain on the council's budget.
Kirklees neighbourhood services manager Gerry Beamond said of the committee meeting: "It was to tell people what we have done and tell them about some possible options. No decisions were asked for and no decisions were made."
He said council schemes over past months had worked.
"It's a much quieter place than it was. We still have some way to go, but the measures we are putting in place do seem to be working," he said
Mr Beamond added that the number of incidents reported by 24-hour security staff on the site had dropped.
Twenty-five of the flats are being used as homes for asylum seekers who have been moved out of council properties demolished in the Rashcliffe area.
They have brought a calming influence to the blocks, said Mr Beamond.
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