The homeless problem in Leathermarket gardens and Tanner street park seems to be getting out of hand, has anyone else noticed?
I am just sick of these people, to tell you the truth, they start drinking at 7:00 in the morning and by lunch time are abusive and fowl mouthed. Not to forget that they are toileting all over the park in front of mothers passing with children. I find this totally out of order, the police only move them on then they are back within 10 mins.
They seem to be staying in this area due to Mana centre< i used to feel sorry for homeless people but these ones are so abusive and always drunk out of their minds, who wants to see men pooing in the middle of a park for all to see, they have no shame at all!
It's exactly the same at Millennium Green. The rough sleeps are there 24 hours a day. Last night we walked through the park to get home at about 7pm and a drunk woman sitting with a group of drinkers was shouting abuse at the top of her voice. It's really intimidating - they've totally taken over all the benches by the trees and, when they're not using the park as a toilet, they urinate by the nearby flats. The trees and shrubs, which looked nice, had to be removed due to them going to the toilet behind them. The police are fully aware of the situation and used to at least come and take the alcohol away but that seems to have stopped. A policeman once told Mr Mac that they couldn't prevent them from congregating as it's a public place so all they could do was take the alcohol away. It's very depressing that the parks are turning into no-go areas....
Leathermarket Gardens got very out of hand a while back, maybe a few years (can't quite remember). The police and others met with the Manna Centre and whatever they did worked. Maybe bringing this up with the police will jog their memories or maybe contact Southwark council.
The same at the park on the corner of Bermondsey Street and Long Lane (St Mary Magdalne). They are probably upset the parks closed! Its disgraceful that the community support officers do not do something about it.
Maybe a problem is that they are allowed to congregate in large numbers, so that there is very little a couple of community support officers can do. Maybe besides having their alcohol taken away, they should be dispersed? The public poo-ing is truly disgusting, I've seen that a couple of times, and just the memory puts me off my dinner...
"Julia in that thread posted an article that indicated that Westminster council was forcing them out but I struggle to believe that it is the result of a spillage fron W council."
I reckon there's something in this explanation, as well as the fact that so many shelters seem to have closed (I have no way of telling if this is actually true or not, but it's 50% in Southwark according to council figures).
I guess it depends on where you sit on the political spectrum I suppose. Do we:
a) Move them on/Lock 'em up (Conservative, broadly)?
b) Help them, and provide shelters/rehab (Labour, broadly)?
As a country, for now, we've decided on c), simultaneously removing what small assistance we gave them and also not moving them on. End result, they're in the park, doing a no.2.