AN Osborne Park street drinking hot spot on Main Street has caused an increase in bottles, smashed glass and litter in front of businesses.
The Stirling Times understands the Federal and Main Street car park is a known ‘pre-drinking’ area, where people gather to drink in cars before a night out in Osborne Park.
Osborne Park Pharmacy owner Louis Anastasas said he had noticed a lot of broken glass and empty alcohol bottles in front of his business and in the vicinity.
“We clean this glass away several times a week so as to ensure it’s safe for our customers and staff members,” he said.
“It is frustrating to have to do this and a negative for our local community; it would be appreciated if the City of Stirling and Police could assist our local neighbourhood in trying to resolve this issue.”
Scarborough Police Senior Sergeant Glenn Dowding said he was not aware of street drinking issues in the area.
“We will look into it,” he said.
“I’ll ensure the Osborne Park team go and talk to business owners about the issues and increase patrols of the area if this is an ongoing issue.
“Until now this has not been brought to my attention. However, we will look into the area and see what’s going on.”
Osborne Park Home Hardware owner Phil Petrillo said his main issue was a lack of bins in the immediate area.
“One of the problems is people being lazy,” he said.
“They won’t walk too far to put something in a bin but if it is there they will use it.
“It’s not malicious. It is young kids being kids basically saying, ‘There’s no bin so we’ll just dump it on the ground.
“Sometimes it’s (the litter) not too bad and sometimes it is disgusting.”
Stirling community safety manager Laurie Crouch said City security cars patrolled Main Street on a regular basis because it was a thoroughfare between patrol locations.
Litter left on private property was the responsibility of the property owner.
“The City has received 11 complaints of littering on Main Street in the current financial year,” he said. “However, none of these reports are from the Federal Street area.
“The City is responsible for the removal of litter left on the thoroughfare.”
Mr Crouch confirmed the City had also received complaints about anti-social behaviour and crime on the street.