HBID in partnership with Team Hereford has sought clarity from the Council over the ongoing issue of dumped bedding/ clothing in the city and have asked the Council for a policy on the time taken by BBLP to remove it.
An issue arises with public safety when items have been abandoned but are left there for several days. It is not unusual for drug related items such as needles or human waste to be found within it - not to mention the potential terrorist threat abandoned items pose.
Mike Truelove, Manager at Hereford BID explained that every sympathy and assistance was given to those sleeping rough in the city but similarly, care and respect should be given from owners of unwanted bedding and clothing which should be safely disposed of in the many available bins nearby or for needles at special drop off points that are well publicised. Mike said "the people leaving these items behind are frequent inhabitants of the city centre who we know on a first name basis. We are asking for their help first and foremost, and as a last resort, that of the Council's in disposing of the items quickly when no longer required. On many occasions items are left for up to a week in doorways or outside the HSBC and it is unfair on everyone enjoying the city, let alone the Police who have to ensure it is not a security threat, as well as businesses who employ local staff and depend on Hereford looking it's best".
In the past negative social media has deterred agencies from taking away these items but Hereford BID and Team Hereford say the current situation means everyone loses as there is a risk aversion to removal. Mike added "there needs to be a clear policy on this rather than the status quo which is helping no-one".
For more information on Hereford BID or Team Hereford please email the BID team at firstname.lastname@example.org