Hankey Place Gardens

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Friday 26 August 2011 8.52am
anyone know why this little garden park in Manciple Street has been locked up for the last couple of weeks?
Tuesday 30 August 2011 10.25am
There's been a longstanding problem in Hankey Place Park (HPP - the official name) of groups of people with alcohol dependency issues holding drinking sessions, shouting at passers-by, urinating in public and doing other things to impair the amenity of local residents.

People living in the flats on Hankey Place which back onto HPP have been particularly affected, and not surprisingly have complained about what's happening.

Two weeks ago the Council evicted some of the drinkers who'd been living in the little gardening hut in HPP next to Manciple Street. Against this background Southwark Council locked the park temporarily. It’s now open again during the day.

Last week Council officers and contractors responsible for managing and maintaining the space met a group of residents to discuss the issues and explore ways the Council, community and others (see below) could improve HPP and its atmosphere. Southwark’s parks management is now working on these issues.

For several years Hankey Place Park hadn't been locked at night. Following the meeting the Council's parks security contractor has started locking the space at night and opening it in the morning. I understand the Council is about to install a sign to publicise the new opening hours.

This is an ongoing situation. If anyone has comments on any of the issues at Hankey Place Park, including community groups or other bodies which might be interested in using the old gardening building I mentioned (after a possible refurbishment) please send them to:

environment@southwark.gov.uk

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