Are drinkers a problem in Workman Gardens?

Are drinkers a problem in Workman Gardens?

3414679306 Paul Jackson 19.08.14 Evesham - Workman Gardens, Evesham. (9470775)

3414679303 Paul Jackson 19.08.14 Evesham - Workman Gardens, Evesham. (9470764)

3414679301 Paul Jackson 19.08.14 Evesham - Workman Gardens, Evesham. (9470736)

3414679302 Paul Jackson 19.08.14 Evesham - Workman Gardens, Evesham. (9470762)

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A PICTURESQUE part of Evesham is becoming a "drinkers' haven", according to worried residents.

Concerned locals have complained about the condition of Workman Gardens, off Waterside, which they claim is becoming an eyesore and being "abused" by people drinking at all hours of the day.

There have also been reports of people urinating in bushes in the gardens.

Police say extra patrols have been carried out and found no more anti-social behaviour than would normally be expected.

But Robert Hall, from Evesham, told the Journal he believes alcohol should be banned in the area.

"The lovely Waterside gardens are being sadly abused by day time drinkers occupying many of the seats and often leaving much mess in the area," he said.

"I think this situation is very detrimental to our lovely town's image and leaves a negative impression to visitors.

"My four year old granddaughter has noticed the problem, so lets see some positive action to eradicate the problem."

Kevin Jones, of Fairwater Close, said a tourist he met told him the area was a "bad advert for Evesham"

"It is with shame I see the continuous decline in use of Workman Gardens to one of being haven for early morning and evening drinkers," he said.

Police, however, say there is more of a perceived problem than actual instances of anti-social behaviour.

Sgt Phil Stayte, of the Evesham Safer Neighbourhood Team, said officers dealt with only a small number of incidents during a two-week period of overt and covert patrols.

"It's become a bit of an issue that we thought we would spend some time looking into," he said. "We have found the anti-social behaviour down there is less than perceived. If we dedicated that kind of time somewhere else it would probably pick up the same issues.

"We don't see it as a hotbed of anti-social behaviour."

David Hemming, community safety manager at Wychavon, said: "We are aware that there are a couple of complaints regarding drinking in Workman Gardens.

"This is why we asked the police to monitor the gardens over a period of time, day and night. They found little evidence of anti-social behaviour but we will of course keep this under review."

Anyone who spots any instances of anti-social behaviour is asked to call the police on 101.

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8:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

aLurker says...

"The lovely Waterside gardens are being sadly abused by day time drinkers occupying many of the seats..."

Occupying the seats! Shock! Horror!eleventyone
"The lovely Waterside gardens are being sadly abused by day time drinkers occupying many of the seats..." Occupying the seats! Shock! Horror!eleventyone aLurker
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9:55pm Sat 30 Aug 14

adc1960 says...

hmm - i think this is a question of the police conveniently looking the other way - i walk to and from work most days over the workman bridge at various times and most days there are people drinking in the workman gardens - i guess it depends how you define anti-social behaviour - if you define it as behaviour bordering on criminal then yes, maybe the police are right - if you define it as low level nuisance behaviour which would clearly have the effect of putting people off walking through the workman gardens then that sort of behaviour is rife and the police are clearly wrong - that end of port street with illegal parking, illegal alcohol being brought and this sort of behaviour is i think dragging the reputation of Evesham down with it........
hmm - i think this is a question of the police conveniently looking the other way - i walk to and from work most days over the workman bridge at various times and most days there are people drinking in the workman gardens - i guess it depends how you define anti-social behaviour - if you define it as behaviour bordering on criminal then yes, maybe the police are right - if you define it as low level nuisance behaviour which would clearly have the effect of putting people off walking through the workman gardens then that sort of behaviour is rife and the police are clearly wrong - that end of port street with illegal parking, illegal alcohol being brought and this sort of behaviour is i think dragging the reputation of Evesham down with it........ adc1960
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