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Reply from council about rough sleepers in Harringay and rubbish dumping in Green Lanes

A couple of weeks ago I emailed the council to ask how they were planning to tackle the issue of the increasing number of homeless people in the area. I also flagged that lately Green Lanes and the streets around it seem to be more dirty than usual, with lots of rubbish scattered around.

This is the reply I received from the council, if anyone is interested.

The council is aware of the growing number of homeless people in Haringey and is endeavouring to address this issue on a number of fronts. We are working in partnership with a wide range of services to identify areas affected by rough sleepers and to take appropriate action to address these problems. The Anti-Social Behaviour Action Team (ASBAT) work very closely with Thamsereach, who provide the outreach services (Streetlink) to people sleeping on the street; immediate referrals are made which are usually responded to promptly by StreetLink – the designated outreach service. Members of the public can also make referrals to Streetlink using the weblink below:-

http://www.streetlink.org.uk/or you can call them on 0300 500 0914

The ASBAT are also working closely with the local police teams and Immigration Enforcement. We are currently involved in a series of operations targeting sites where there are individuals sleeping rough who are not exercising their treaty rights and could face deportation. Thamesreach are also involved in these operation to enable appropriate support and advice to be given to those eligible for housing assistance. Please do contact the ASB reporting line with any information regarding rough sleepers in the Harringay ward, we are collating this information and will add any new individuals and/or sites to our list for future operations.

We have been advised by other residents and businesses, that a number of individuals sleeping in Green Lanes are also begging, again we are working with the Harringay Safer Neighbourhood Team around identifying these individuals and it is very important that members of the public call the police as and when any begging is occurring. The police need to witness the begging and/or have witness statements identifying the beggars to justify enforcement action. If you should witness any begging in Green Lanes please do call the police on 101.

With regard to your concerns about the rubbish in Green Lanes, unfortunately the council has had to make changes to the street sweeping regime on all residential roads in the borough from twice weekly sweeps to once weekly. However Green Lanes itself is swept twice daily, as the sweeping of main roads and town centres has not changed. The Neighbourhood Action Team officer also monitors the area on a regular basis and any illegal dumping of waste is reported to Veolia who will remove within 24 hours. Members of the public can also report dumped rubbish or missed scheduled road sweeping via the Council’s website http://www.haringey.gov.uk/contact/report-it. Alternatively please contact theVeolia Haringey Contact Centre:-
Tel: 020 8885 7700
Email: enquiries.haringey@veolia.com

I appreciate this may not be the response you were hoping for, but trust that it does highlight the work we are doing to address your areas of concerns.

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The Council has no "duty" under the Housing Act to make provision for people who have intentionally made themselves homeless.

I am not arguing that. Anyway - intentionally homeless - is a pretty loose term.

No it isn't a loose term....it is defined in the statute
Con were on the same side.. I work with homeless people, drug addicts and a variety of other complex barriers. My frustration is when people assume beggars aren't homeless if they are not sleeping in the street.
Just walk along the area at 7am, and you'll realise it's not 'just for show': they actually sleep out there...

I was going to say the same - I walk down at 7.15ish every morning and there are currently 5 bodies in sleeping bags who look like they've been there all night.  The guy who begs outside Homebase sleeps under the Homebase canopy fairly regularly. 

He's quite aggressive that one, he has a go when people don't give him money...

He has never ever had a go at me, and I say 'sorry' to him every evening when I walk past him on the way home and have never given him any money.  He actually nearly always says 'have a nice evening' in a fairly 'not really' tone of voice, which is fair enough because his is probably going to worse than mine is. 

He told me he hoped I would die of cancer..

Nice. 

People in pain do painful things.

Does that mean I can smack him in the mouth?

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