Residents call for action on 'intimidating' street drinking

Residents call for action on 'intimidating' street drinking

Residents call for action on 'intimidating' street drinking

Residents call for action on 'intimidating' street drinking

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

Intimidated residents have launched a petition calling for a controlled drinking zone to combat antisocial drinking in Mitcham.

Dozens of men are frequently seen drinking at Fair Green and then urinating in the streets, according to Councillor Peter Walker of Figge's Marsh Ward.

Describing the scene ahead of a public meeting on Friday, June 15, he said: "It was complete anarchy.

"I arrived at 5.30pm and they were passing bottles of vodka around and playing the bongos - they were completed paralytic.

"There’s a huge problem around there.

"We had lots of people come to the meeting saying they feel totally intimidated.

"Every night they are out there and it’s just not pleasant at all.

"There must have been 30 people outside the betting shop and there is also an undercurrent of drug dealing.

"Particularly for women it is very intimidating."

Several residents called for a controlled drinking zone (CDZ) at a public meeting on March 17, but were told it was unlikely the measure would be put in place because it was too costly.

Edith Macaulay, cabinet member for community safety, said the council would act if needed. She said: "We have to gather evidence in terms of what the situation is.

"Once we have gathered this we can activate what is required for our residents.

"As the local authority we have a duty to make sure our residents are safe."

Wimbledon town centre already has a CDZ which was unanimously agreed upon in 2005.

The CDZ allows police to confiscate alcohol at their discretion in the area, but is not an automatic ban for the individual.

The issue will be discussed at the next full council meeting on July 11.

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9:55am Sun 1 Jul 12

bodon prifiz says...

So its OK for wimbledon to have a CDZ but not Mitcham?? The class system is STILL alive & kicking. Cost should have nothing to do with it. I have witnessed several times even in early afternoon, the drunks/alcoholics that surround fairgreen. The jubilee holiday they had a childrens fair there, & YET! the drunks were not moved on????? Disgusting for us adults but awful for children to see. Merton council should hang their heads for not helping mitcham residents
So its OK for wimbledon to have a CDZ but not Mitcham?? The class system is STILL alive & kicking. Cost should have nothing to do with it. I have witnessed several times even in early afternoon, the drunks/alcoholics that surround fairgreen. The jubilee holiday they had a childrens fair there, & YET! the drunks were not moved on????? Disgusting for us adults but awful for children to see. Merton council should hang their heads for not helping mitcham residents bodon prifiz
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11:43am Sun 1 Jul 12

Pro Publico says...

I agree totally with Bodon Prifiz.
Law and order in the centre of Mitcham has been let slip completely. Police seem non existent and the drunks and young hooligans feel they control the area and not the Police. The responsibility for this neglect lies with the Labour Party which is very keen to harvest votes and control all the Council ward seats in Mitcham and yet wash their hands of their Labour supporters when a serious break down in law and order occurs in the centre of the town they are supposed to be representing! Don't vote Labour in protest at the next Council and General elections. The exception being Peter Walker who is doing his job by requesting a CDZ order in Mitcham as in Tory Wimbledon!
I agree totally with Bodon Prifiz. Law and order in the centre of Mitcham has been let slip completely. Police seem non existent and the drunks and young hooligans feel they control the area and not the Police. The responsibility for this neglect lies with the Labour Party which is very keen to harvest votes and control all the Council ward seats in Mitcham and yet wash their hands of their Labour supporters when a serious break down in law and order occurs in the centre of the town they are supposed to be representing! Don't vote Labour in protest at the next Council and General elections. The exception being Peter Walker who is doing his job by requesting a CDZ order in Mitcham as in Tory Wimbledon! Pro Publico
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5:14am Mon 2 Jul 12

tjames says...

when was planning permission and change of use given for Mitcham Islamic Center? where was it advertised?
when was planning permission and change of use given for Mitcham Islamic Center? where was it advertised? tjames
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10:58am Mon 2 Jul 12

mr-bjp says...

I thought it was already illegal to have an opened can of beer in the streets. The grassed area near the clock tower is full of drunks and junkies. More often than not you get asked by these skumbags for 50p or 'got a fag mate'. All very intimidating. What with the cyclists riding on the pavements, Mitcham town centre is not a very nice place to shop, unless you don't mind being intimidated or knocked over. About time something was done.
I thought it was already illegal to have an opened can of beer in the streets. The grassed area near the clock tower is full of drunks and junkies. More often than not you get asked by these skumbags for 50p or 'got a fag mate'. All very intimidating. What with the cyclists riding on the pavements, Mitcham town centre is not a very nice place to shop, unless you don't mind being intimidated or knocked over. About time something was done. mr-bjp
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