Finsbury Park may be the people's park, but is this a step too far? Over the past month I've noticed that the occupier of this tent has become bolder and bolder - initially pitching the tent discreetly in the bushes and now out in the open. The tent is there every morning, shoes and occasional beer cans left neatly outside. The occupier doesn't seem to be creating a disturbance, and it is better than sleeping in a doorway, but will it be ok if this trend catches on?
His name is John. He is a completely harmless person with non threatening mental health issues. He's been living in this tent on finsbury park for three years. He gets a lot of unwanted attention from folk and is bullied a lot. John is extremely timid and therefore, because he does not shout and scream for his rights, has fallen completly through societies social saftey net. Thanks Liz for listing the above agencies.
The problem with no second night out and street rescue is that cannot help people like John. They are geared towards people who are recently made homeless.
I would say John is advoiding these services preferring to sleep rough rather than staying in hostel with people with particular problems.
Can't say I blame him, poor guy. It can't be safe out there, but I doubt there is any strong alternative.
Is this the same tent that used to be hidden behind a hut on the edge of the sports fields? If so, it's been there about 6 months!
Al, we do nothing. He's been there for years and no one else has set up camp. Regarding anti social habits perhaps you should concern your self with all the drug dealers, muggers, and cottagers who frequent the park day and night.
Indeed, that place takes on a special life once night falls. One guy in a tent is doing no one any harm compared to what the rest get up to!