A TOWN centre flat blighted by drug dealing, noise nuisance and disorder has again been issued with a closure order.

Number 211 Orchard Plaza, in Poole High Street, will have to stay shut until June 29 following the latest court hearing in relation to problems at the property.

Poole magistrates ordered that the flat remain closed despite the application being opposed.

They said the premises is associated with nuisance and disorder.

The property first became subject to a closure order in October last year following joint working between Dorset Police and BCP Council.

They said there had been a sustained period of anti-social behaviour at the flat.

The order was given under section 80 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act and section 76 Anti-Social Behaviour Crime

and Policing Act of 2014.

The Act gives local authorities fast, flexible power that can be used to protect communities by quickly closing premises that are causing nuisance to members of the public or disorder if they are not closed.

Councillor Lewis Allison, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Communities for BCP Council, said: “A Closure Order was served at the address on June 18 and will be in effect for three months.

“The order follows the failure of the individual concerned to comply with a previous partial-closure order and continued serious anti-social behaviour and activities involving the supply and use of illegal drugs. These orders are usually the last resort, when other interventions have not led to changes in behaviour.

“We work closely with Dorset Police to address issues around anti-social behaviour and will continue to deal robustly with individuals or groups whose actions at their address have a detrimental effect on the local community.”

Anyone who fails to comply with the order could be arrested, fined or imprisoned for up to three months.

Closure orders have been implemented at a number of addresses in the Bournemouth and Poole area in the last two years.

They include Throop Road in Townsend, Palmerston Road and Christchurch Road in Boscombe, Avenel Way in Poole and Turbary Park Avenue in Bournemouth.