I don’t wish to keep banging on about the less savoury aspects of life in SE5, but here’s a story from the South London Press regarding street drinking in Camberwell.
Southwark Council recently slapped ASBOs on four street drinkers:
The four are banned from drinking or using illegal drugs anywhere within the SE5 postcode area. They are also barred in Southwark from begging, swearing, fighting, using threatening behaviour and urinating or defecating in public.
Maybe it’s just my imagination, but it seems to be a lot better than it used to be. Back in the late 90s street drinking was more endemic than it is now; Camberwell Green was a no-go area, as was the former graveyard behind St Giles’ church. The drinking seems to have been (mostly) successfully moved away from those areas, although obviously the problem hasn’t gone away.
But a total ban on street drinking punishes innocents too, and putting ASBOs on everyone just moves the problem around, it doesn’t deal with it. The ‘wet centre’ at St Giles Trust seems to have been a step in the right direction, although the trial may be ended in September.
Onto another subject, and hopefully the last bit of bad news for a while, a Nursery Nurse hanged herself in Brunswick Park. Laura Perij had been suffering from depression and took ecstacy before killing herself. I thought at first that this was related to the police search that Ben Patio noticed there last weekend, but this took place back in December so it’s very unlikely.
I really need to find some positive stories.