So much for listening to the thousands of complaints about bombarding the homeless in Bournemouth with loud music all night to put them off attempting to sleep in public places – at the local train station, and covered car parks, etc. Many sites where the homeless sleep at night are bombarded sound-wise from midnight onwards by extremely loud music, courtesy of the local council, to deter the homeless from sleeping at the locations. At the beginning of December 2015 there was a news piece about this at the local train station where the homeless would gather at night -“BOURNEMOUTH, UK: “BAGPIPE MUSIC” USED TO DRIVE AWAY HOMELESS FROM TRAVEL INTERCHANGE!!” http://beforeitsnews.com/scandals/2015/12/bournemouth-uk-bagpipe-music-used-to-drive-away-homeless-from-travel-interchange-2435936.html
Nevertheless the extra loud music continues to be played all night at the railway station and at other sites to deter homeless sleepers from congregating. Hardly any accomodation is offered to these people – just loud music. I’m told one has to be homeless for 28 days before one is eligible for the sparse housing from the council, and then the wait for that accomodation is at least 4 months minimum.
3 Dec. 2015: video:
“4000 TELL COUNCIL: “STOP USING BAGPIPE MUSIC TO DRIVE AWAY HOMELESS”
Toby Wadey / /Bournemouth
A PETITION calling for Bournemouth council to stop using bagpipe music as a deterrent for rough sleepers has attracted almost 4,000 signatures.
The authority has deployed the tactic of playing loud music at the Travel Interchange in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.
This strategy was adopted after reports that commuters felt intimidated by the growing number of homeless people drinking there and using it as a place to sleep at night.
But protestor Carla Johnson, who has recently moved away from the town to Essex, has launched a petition against the scheme, claiming it “goes against the morals of the majority of Bournemouth residents”.
“At a time of year when the weather is becoming increasingly cold and wet Bournemouth council should be finding a solution to help the homeless in our town, not to drive them away,” she said.
“Playing loud music at the interchange is in no way a solution as it will simply move the homeless people on to another area in the town.”
She added: “By offering no support, I believe the issues the council have with the homeless will only worsen.
“These people need our support, and not to be treated like wild animals, driven out of one area to the next.” Ms Johnson told the Daily Echo she plans to send the petition, which as of Friday evening had accumulated 3,804 supporters, to the council.
“I understand why the council has decided to do this in terms of giving the right impression to tourists,” she said. “But the people of Bournemouth are friendly people and this goes against their nature – nobody chooses to be homeless and we should be looking at different ways to help.”
A Bournemouth council spokesperson said: “The playing of music was done in this particular location in the town to address a very specific anti-social behaviour problem of intimidating begging and other issues.”
The spokesperson also dismissed an accusation in the petition that the authority had recently closed a soup kitchen, pointing out it does not have the power to do this unless there is a food safety issue.
And cabinet member for planning and environment, Cllr David Smith, said: “The playing of music at the station is one tiny part of the wider approach which includes close working with the police and the use of enforcement measures where appropriate in order to motivate people to assist them in changing their behaviour. Alongside this, however, we always offer people the accommodation and support they need and achieve many successes with this as people safely move inside.”
What’s next? this?
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