‘Anti-homeless’ bars to be removed

Image copyright Stuart Semple
Image caption Bars were fitted to the benches to deter people from laying on them

A council has said it is going to remove “anti-homeless” bars from benches after receiving “extensive feedback”.

Protestors including rapper Teacher Green condemned the bars since “inhumane”, “brutal” and “disgraceful”.

Bournemouth Borough Council stated it had fitted the gadgets to stop people lying on the benches and preventing others from seated.

It said it will remove them in the next few days, in the lighting of “the depth of feeling” over the issue.

‘Sad indictment’

Over 19, 500 people signed an internet petition calling for the bars that must be taken off.

The casing charity Crisis said the benches were a “sad indictment” plus failed to “address the root causes of tough sleeping”.

Professor Eco-friendly, who last year fronted a BBC documented on homelessness, stated the benches sent a aggressive message to “poor sods without safety net”.

Inside a social media post, he said: “Nothing done to tackle the problem, simply something to make it more invisible and we can pretend it isn’t happening. inch

Image copyright Stuart Semple
Image caption Protestors decorated the benches with cushions and balloons upon Monday
Image copyright Stuart Semple
Image caption The council said £ a few, 650 was spent fitting the particular bars

On Monday, protestors festooned the twenty-eight benches with throws, cushions plus balloons.

Bournemouth Borough Council later announced the change of heart.

‘Over the moon’

Councillor Robert Lawton mentioned: “The decision last summer to set up the bars on a very small amount of benches… was taken in response to several complaints about people lying on them during the day.

“However we have believed the extensive feedback over the last 7 days and in light of the depth associated with feeling, have today reviewed basically and agreed to have the bars eliminated. ”

Artist Stuart Semple, who prompted the protests by posting a photo of a bench within January, said he was happy.

“We’re completely over the moon, it’s brilliant… This just really goes to show when the neighborhood comes together, gets behind something plus keeps the pressure up. inch

Professor Green, who have shot a friend removing bars from a counter on Thursday , posted: “Well done all involved… A small sort of how a little bit of togetherness can bring about alter. ”

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Mass media caption Professor Green gets rid of Bournemouth’s ‘anti-homeless’ bench bars

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Within June 2016 Bournemouth Borough Authorities bought one-way train tickets for tough sleepers to help proceed them out the area.

And in 2015 the authority performed Alvin and the Chipmunks songs and bagpipe music from loudspeakers at Bournemouth Coach Station in between midnight and 06: 00.

The council said this spent £ 10m on homelessness measures each year and “continues to keep that as a society we should be striving far higher than a bench for individuals to sleep on”.

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