Aaaaaalvin! Or why Bournemouth council suckPosted: December 8, 2015
There are some stories that just get your back up. Moments where someone acts with such a degree of unpleasantness that you find yourself swearing at the newspaper/TV/computer you heard about it from.
The other day I got mad at a whole town council. The council of Bournemouth on the South coast of England. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the town, or if I have it didn’t make much of an impression.
So what had the representatives of the town done?
Well, at the bus station they play Alvin and the Chipmunks at full blast. All night.
I used to watch the Chipmunks as a kid, but even then I got that they were kind of annoying. But having to listen to them while waiting for a bus? That would suck.
What makes it worse is the reason for the decision, as Bournemouth have chosen the vocal vermin in order to stop homeless people sleeping at the bus station.
Now, I can appreciate that their may be concerns over public safety or crime, or whatever, but this still seems rather callous. It’s the middle of winter for pity’s sake! The bus station offers shelter from the elements and safety for these vulnerable people and the council have taken that away from them. Well, unless they want Guantanamo style torments.
If they wanted to get homeless people to stop going to the bus station there were kinder solutions. They could have opened new shelters, which would have been far more helpful and utilised empty buildings (for more about empty buildings being used for the homeless read this). This could have also provided jobs for the staff at the shelters and given those using them some stability and access to services which could help them.
But Bournemouth council seemed to have opted for a crueller and easier option, which they should be ashamed of. They have turned their back on vulnerable people, and deprived them of somewhere they could get a bit of sleep in relative safety. Instead they have been left at the mercy of the elements.
Shape up, Bournemouth!
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.