Tuesday 5 October 2010 12.54pm
Reading this headline on the site, I wondered if the question might better be phrased with the word "less" rather than "more". I can't attend this evening's meeting, but would really like to hear what conclusions are drawn.
There are many thing to love about SE1, but BHS really isn't one of them. And it doesn't seem to be getting better. If anything, the reverse.
I like the revamped library, but the western side of the street remains very scruffy, and the east side is often impossible to walk up of a morning because it's blocked by vast numbers of backpackers.
The stretch between St Thomas's St and Duke St Hill on the east side is another especially unlovely section.
The other evening, returning from an evening out, I marvelled at the sight of students (dressed in togas) lying paralytically drunk on the pavement in the vicinity of Belushi's
and The Blue-eyed Maid.
Returning at the weekend from a night out, I remonstrated with a couple of teenagers on BHS who were drunkenly shouting and attempting somewhat half-heartedly to vandalize a chained-up bicycle. They stopped what they were doing and pursued me down the street bellowing "We own this f**king place". I didn't feel particularly threatened - they were on the small side and easy to outmanoeuvre - but I did find myself thinking that it's ridiculous how many people treat BHS as a kind of playground/sewer.