Come to the Pissed Speaker’s Corner!

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.

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