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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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Antoinette, you have free will to do what you want. I would suggest you ask yourself - can you live with the consequences of this action? Just weight it up.

Con. I have a sense of right and wrong and have never struck anyone in my life but making excuses for behaviour like that is frankly b*******

Where am I am making an excuse? The b******* on this thread is the notion that there is a class of undeserving poor because they beg or they take drugs. The bottom line is that there is not enough provision for homeless people in this borough. 

Nice...
Yes, I asked the same questions and got the same response you did.

A non-response if I ever saw one. Just platitudes, zero commitment, no actions to be taken, business as usual.

The council does not give a hoot about green lanes and they will do NOTHING, mark my words.

The SNT has just one agent covering our area, the police are never there, and if they come when you report a beggar (if it's your lucky day) the beggar will be hushed away and will be back within 15 minutes.
There is an organised gang. It needs undercover police work as well as multi agency interventions.

"We are working in partnership... to identify areas affected by rough sleepers..."

It's the use of the term 'affected' that reduces people sleeping on the streets to the level of cockroaches to my mind. Couldn't Haringey Council, given the fantabulous salaries of its leaders, really not address this issue, not to mention the disgusting rubbish-strewn streets which you also mention?

Taken this evening by Harringay station. The council's inaction is truly shameful...


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Taken this evening by Harringay station

No, ChrisTofer. This is by Harringay-Green Lanes station. The real Harringay station is Harringay-Wightman Road.

How does the name of the station matter?

Is that the only thing you managed to take from my post? Wow.

Just being my usual helpful self, Chris and Antoinette. I would hate to think that scores of camera toting rough sleeper hunters might make their way pointlessly to Harringay Station. 

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