AN URGENT plea has been made for a co-ordinated approach as yobs are dealt with by the police and by Kirklees Council.
Labour councillors want an extra £250,000 spent on setting up a joint team to pull all the actions together.
Clr Peter McBride, deputy leader of the Labour Group, said they would be pressing for the money for a more co-ordinated approach at tomorrow's budget meeting. (26 February)
In addition, Labour wants an extra £250,000 spent on improved street lighting on estates in the district to help combat anti-social activities.
Clr McBride said: "This would enable local area committees, guided by the local police, to decide how best to spend this money on the ground.
"It is widely recognised that things such as improved street lighting can make a significant impact on making people feel safer on the streets, and in addressing anti-social activities.
"Anti-social behaviour seems to be on everyone's agenda.
"The police are plagued by it and do not seem to have adequate resources to respond.
"As we look through the council's budget we can see more than £10m assigned to respond to tackling issues in this direction across a number of services.
"We do not doubt the council's commitment - and indeed fully support the commitment. What we need to ensure is maximum effect, and that means better co-ordination.
"That is why we will be proposing a £250,000 investment in the establishment of a permanent team to ensure all this is translated into practical intervention with key council officers and designated police officers.
"This would form the link between the police and a range of council services.
"We would expect the team to propose priorities, develop projects and co-ordinate all that we can jointly provide.
"There should be a council Cabinet member given specific responsibility to lead this work and to regularly report back to the council on progress being made."
The Labour bid will be made on Wednesday when all the political parties put forward their budgets to the council.