The following was received from one of our neighbours who lives in Regent's Quarter. He has been very active in fighting to improve the King's Cross area, so please see what he has to say on this important subject.
You may have noticed the significant increase in people living on the streets in and around King's Cross and the York Way area in particular. This raises two challenges:
1) Ensuring these people get the help they need
2) The impact on an area that's in the early stages of a fragile regeneration
The picture of the guy peeing is just one of the many daily concerns. This was yesterday and drove people away who were eating lunch outside. Lornena, the general manager of the Premier Inn, is having to deal with concerns that are effecting their guests and business.
These issues can be complex and emotive and are not helped by the many agencies that straddle King's Cross: Camden local police, Islington local police, British Transport police, The Met police and both Camden and Islington councils – the joy of living on the border of Camden and Isington!
What can be done? More than you may think…
We have already alerted the local police teams and Lorena and I have requested a meeting with our local councillor. We'll keep you posted…
We have established that it's the responsibility of the police to engage with the homeless or people with drug / alcohol issues and liaise with the appropriate agencies. They can only do this if they are made aware of concerns – this is often NOT happening, hence the situation escalates.
If you've been to Gare Du Nord, you'll know how bad it can get.
What can you do?
Report any people living on the streets or other anti social behaviour to 0300 123 1212
This is the non emergency police number and NOT the local team for Islington. We have found the local team to rarely answer calls and are limited in the area they cover. We have been advised to actively report rough sleeping etc to ensure that agencies can build up a picture of what is happening.
It can be difficult reporting this type of issue but unless we do the people living on the streets and the impression of our area will not be helped.
Hoping for your support,