Remove the anti-homeless bars in Rougier Street bus stop
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Anti-homeless bars have been seen on Rougier Street bus stop. These bars - and spikes - have been increasingly used to deter homeless people from sleeping throughout the UK.
Sadly, this is yet another move in a long line of "defensive architecture" aimed at deterring homeless people from sleeping in highly visible places. If City of York Council is so uncomfortable at the sight of homeless people - even terming it 'anti-social behaviour', they should intensify work to getting the help and housing required rather than decanting them out to the darker corners of York.
The issue has already caused considerable concern in York with this piece from York Mix initially highlighting the issue and latterly an article in York's Press showing that 75% of respondents to their poll not supporting the installation of the bars. The level of comments (over 100 in York Press) and social media also suggests that many people in York are deeply uncomfortable with the stance of City of York Council.
At a time when more than 8 million people are reported (one in three workers) to be 1 payday away from not being able to pay for our mortgages or rent and homelessness is rising rapidly, we cannot simply push the homeless out of sight. If they are forced away from public spaces, they are likely to end up having to sleep in more isolated and dangerous areas - a horrific prospect, considering that homeless people already face extremely high levels of violence as it is. Let's not make their lives any harder.
The good news is that time and time again, we have fought and won the fight against similar measures - last year, Tesco agreed to remove anti-homeless spikes outside a central London store after days of protest. Similarly, a petition signed by over 130,000 people was successful in getting anti-homeless spikes removed from outside a building owned by Property Partners on Southwark Bridge Road. And last week, my petition calling on a London council to stop criminalising rough sleepers was successful after 80,000 people signed. Similarly, Foxtons estate agents deciding to remove the anti-homeless spikes outside their Holborn store.
We've beat these inhumane measures before. Let's beat them again and make sure homeless people are treated like human beings rather than an eyesore.
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