Council provides al fresco drinking for alcoholics
In a secluded corner of parkland, a circle of benches provides a pleasant spot for a drink. The side tables are ideal for a can of strong cider. A bin has been provided for the empties.
Welcome to Britain’s first purpose-built drinking den for homeless alcoholics – in a London park popular with families. It is seen as such a success that it may be replicated around the country.
A council spent £1,900 creating the “alternative drinking area”, which is intended to keep drinkers out of sight of ordinary passers-by. It was prompted by complaints that drunks were loitering at the entrance to Brockwell Park, south London, shouting abuse at locals.
Not that I usually read the Telegraph, I should add.