Drunkenness and anti social behavior in and around Nicolson Square has reduced dramatically this summer. Two things are behind this improvement.
The first is the regular and frequent deployment of police officers and joint patrols (environmental wardens) in the area. Police are to be warmly congratulated on taking action which has been relatively effective. The current relative calm contrasts with the disturbances and the behaviour of a number of addicts and habitual drunks last summer. A detailed account can be found here.
Secondly an extraordinarily simple and practical measure has contributed to the success. Two of the three benches have been removed. Yes it is as simple as that. The garden in Nicolson Square is now less attractive for the troublemakers because there are no seats.
Of course the seats are no longer available for rather better behaved users but, for the moment, that is less important than ridding us of conduct which saps the morale of the community. Toleration of the drunken and foulmouthed behaviour is a threat to other users.
So hearty congratulations and thanks to both police, park and community safety staff.
Welcome though it is, the improvement comes at a cost. Patrols of police and other staff are resource intensive and there is a fear that the troublemakers will drift back in significant numbers if allowed. That is why it is now necessary to pursue a ban on the consumption of alcohol in public in this Square and other well defined problem location as has been done in Hunter Square nearby.
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