- Plan echoes proposal from controversial right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders for special units to deal with persistent troublemakers
By Leon Watson
PUBLISHED: 02:55 EST, 4 December 2012 | UPDATED: 06:33 EST, 4 December 2012
Nuisance neighbours in Amsterdam will be exiled from the city and rehoused in ‘scum villages’ made up of caravans or containers under constant police supervision.
Holland’s capital already has a special hit squad of municipal officials to identify the worst offenders for a compulsory six month course in how to behave.
Social housing problem families or tenants who do not show an improvement or refuse to go to the special units face eviction and homelessness.
Problem neighbours: The mayor of Amsterdam plans to exile nuisance neighbours from the city and rehouse them in ‘scum villages’
Eberhard van der Laan, Amsterdam’s Labour mayor, has tabled the £810,000 plan to tackle 13,000 complaints of anti-social behaviour every year.
He complained that long-term harassment often leads to law abiding tenants, rather than their nuisance neighbours, being driven out, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The project also involves setting up a special hotline and system for victims to report their problems to the authorities.