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Authorities meet to discuss street drinking and rough sleepers in Bury St Edmunds




Business, police and council representatives will meet today to discuss the street drinking problem which surfaced in Bury St Edmunds last summer.

Mark Cordell, of Business Improvement District organisation Our Bury St Edmunds, said there were 'considerable problems' in the town centre last year, which had an impact on visitors, staff and customers.

As a result, the authorities worked together to deal with the situation.

A meeting is being held regarding street drinking and rough sleepers in Bury St Edmunds
A meeting is being held regarding street drinking and rough sleepers in Bury St Edmunds

"This week's meeting is about maintaining the regular meetings we had last year with the police, council and MP around rough sleepers and street drinkers," said Mr Cordell.

"From my perspective, things got better once we started having these meetings. The purpose of having them earlier in the year is to be prepared for spring and summer.

"I have encouraged the authorities to keep on top of the issue and I wanted our members to know we are continuing our efforts."

Ha added today's meeting would review and assess the current situation with a view of creating an approach that was compassionate and supportive to those who wanted to address their behaviour and was proactive and positive to address those who did not.


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