IAN HART: ‘We should speak up and call for zero tolerance on the current crop of street drinkers’

Ian Hart
Ian Hart

AS you will have read on page 4 of this esteemed organ, the subject of street drinkers is something of a hot potato.

I love this town, warts and all.

I love living here. But every so often, something puts a damper on things.

I don’t know if it’s more prevalent in the summer months, but I cannot remember a month where I’ve heard as many people talking – mostly complaining – about the street drinking issue.

I was actually under the impression that it was against local bye-laws to drink in certain parts of the town centre, but I’m told this is very hard to enforce.

But who are these street drinkers, and should we all try and exercise a bit more understanding and good old-fashioned kindness?

One of the many good things in Worthing is the tireless hard work of such organisations as the Salvation Army and the Worthing Churches Homeless Projects.

Both look after less fortunate people who, through varying circumstances, have fallen on hard times and need genuine help.

They help in such a way that I am sure the people these charities work with are not the street drinkers who appear to be seemingly causing problems.

I doubt many of the street drinkers are actually or even on the radar of the two aforementioned organisations.

I think the offending street drinkers almost certainly have a roof over their heads and, possibly through the benefits system, have sufficient funds to adequately feed and clothe themselves, and choose to spend a proportion of their money on alcohol, which they then drink in the street.

If I’m right, the only way forward is for Worthing as a town to speak up and call for zero tolerance with byelaws enforced, however difficult that may be.

Otherwise where is this all going to end?

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