Welcoming the executive's Anti-Social Behaviour Bill, Mr Watters said: 'Anti-social behaviour is corrosive and is blighting our communities not just in urban areas but in rural ones as well.
'We in local government recognise the complexity of the problems that lie at the root of anti-social behaviour, and wherever possible, we will continue to seek to provide support to help perpetrators change their behaviour.
'However, for that hard core that is unwilling to change, appropriate sanctions must be available to make them change.
'Tackling anti-social behaviour is a priority that local government shares with the executive. The effective implementation of the Bill's provisions will require local and central government to work together in partnership, along with other key agencies, and that is exactly what we intend to do.
'We are confident that this partnership approach will deliver legislation that enhances the quality of life in communities across the length and breadth of Scotland. This really means long term solutions not quick fix hits and this is the route that today's Bill points us towards.'