Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Homeless Man in Wallington Square

Homelessness

Regulars in Wallington town centre will have noticed that a homeless man has taken up residence in Wallington Square. Local police are aware of him and have contacted homeless agencies to offer him assistance. However this man is voluntarily homeless and has refused offers of temporary accommodation and other assistance from those agencies. Unless the man commits a crime the powers of the police and council are limited.

The man himself is relatively inoffensive, however it is the company he attracts that is more of a problem. His presence attracts those who like to drink on the street and when done excessively leads to anti-social behaviour. This puts off shoppers from using the square and makes the area look run down. The police are investigating whether they can make the square a no drinking zone which would give them powers to move on anyone drinking in the square.

It is interesting that it may be the generosity and charitable nature of the local people which makes the square an attractive base for this homeless man. As long as this place proves profitable for him he will be inclined to stay.

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August 30, 2009 - Posted by | Information

1 Comment »

  1. I have not seen this particular man in Wallington square for quite awhile i imagine it is the same man who camped outside Boots. Hopefully he has now been found a suitable home in the area, yes he was no problem and i unserstand the police’s dilemma regarding the situation of homeless people. Regarding the other issue i would like the square to be a no drinking zone perhaps it is now i am not sure about that.

    Comment by Carole Heath | April 8, 2012 | Reply


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