Wednesday 6 September 2017 11.27am
Thanks for the notes above.
I met with Neil's office, Southwark Council
and St Mungo's yesterday.
St Mungo's acknowledged the many problems raised by multiple residents and local businesses and that a great number of improvements are needed. An action plan has now been agreed with all stakeholders and a take stock meeting has been arranged in October.
Just to clear up any misunderstanding, this was not about gentrification / dehumanising homeless people / pushing homeless out of sight. The meeting was solely about the negative impact St Mungo's is having on Great Guildford Street
and the area overall.
Whilst I appreciate the sentiment to be understanding and the cuts to public services, the negative impact includes: threats of violence to non St Mungo residents ( the police have multiple cases open), fighting in the street, arranging dogs to fight in the street, damage to private property, shouting/screaming outside our flats in the early hours of the morning, cans of alcohol littering the street and residents drinking on the street whilst sat on private property . All of the above are not one offs and St Mungo residents' behaviour have deteriorated over the last 3-4 months. Both St Mungo's management and residents need to take responsibility for this.
Please could I encourage those impacted to continue contact Neil's office (email@example.com) which will help put pressure on St Mungo's to effect change and manage the situation appropriately, which they acknowledge is not currently being done.
For those not directly impacted, I appreciate your view but would encourage you also empathise with local businesses and residents for are impacted directly.