Worry over street drinkers in Widcombe
Community leaders in Widcombe are looking at ways of reducing the number of street drinkers in the area.
Drinkers are currently gathering in the car park under Widcombe Social Club, which is about to be rebuilt.
B&NES Ccouncil and police are working together to find the best way of resolving the problem, and are in talks with the social club committee.
Councillor Ian Gilchrist (Lib Dem, Widcombe) said: “The social club has an area underneath which was used for parking.
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“As it is undercover, it attracts street drinkers, which is becoming a problem.
“I was made aware of the problem by residents, who complained to me about the abusive behaviour they received from them.
“I have been in discussions with the current owners of the social club about what to do about the problem.
“One idea is getting the drinkers out, and boarding up the area so there is no way back in.”
Social club treasurer Chris Rogers said: “We are very aware of the issue and did indeed discuss it at our last committee meeting. “The police have tried to help but they have been unable to move the street sleepers on.
“We are now seeking professional advice on the matter and will do our best to get a satisfactory result in advance of the demolition of the building - which will start as soon as the final details involved in planning approval have been resolved.”