Keeping out the drinkers — where next?

New park railings. Image © komadori.With work continuing to put railings around the whole of Faringdon Road Park, the timing of the new order restricting alcohol consumption in the park almost seems coordinated. It’s as though it’s part of a concerted effort to beautify the area. The only concern is where will the hardened outdoor daytime drinkers go next? As more of central Swindon has drinking restrictions imposed, the main effect is likely to be to move the problem to the next nearest open area. Already the Westcott Place recreation ground has gained a few regular drinkers. They are now likely to be joined by a few more.