POLICE and council bosses hope that two heads are better than one when it comes to tackling anti-social behaviour in Mid Cheshire.
Representatives from Vale Royal Borough Council's team of community safety wardens and officers from Vale Royal and Congleton police have been meeting parish councillors across the area to try to work together to stamp out the problems.
The latest forum was set up by Moulton and Davenham parish councils, which have since pledged to unite to resolve the issues the villages are experiencing.
Sgt Ian Wood, from the Community Action Team, said it is a case of everybody working together.
'It is really all about doing things in partnership,' he said. 'Not all problems should be down to the police.
'Each person involved in the forums has got skills that mean they will be able to deal with certain issues. The idea is to get all these people in the same room so when an issue arises we can all work to tackle it.
'For example, if a parish council thinks there is problems with people gathering in an alleyway and says the lighting has gone, then the relevant people will be there to solve the lighting issues and also to move them on.
'It also means that if we are asked to do something, we are going back to the meeting in a month or six weeks time and if no action has been taken we will have to explain why.'
The panel will discuss issues as they arise and would be able to make recommendations for actions against specific individuals which could then be followed up by the relevant authorities.
As a result of the initial meeting with Moulton and Davenham, it is hoped that regular patrols in parts of Davenham will be launched after the police said alcohol has been confiscated on a number of occasions.
The panel was set up in the two villagers after parish councillors said they were doing all they could to help tackle anti-social behaviour but needed more assistance from outside authorities.
Moulton Parish Council chairman Mark Green said: 'This was a useful start for what needs to develop into a deeper partnership to address this problem.
'We know that both Vale Royal and Cheshire police have resource problems, and we will assist them where we can by exchanging information. We hope that this collaboration will lead to more enforcement and a stronger response to the problems that are affecting both the villages.'