I have called on police to tackle increasing levels of drunkenness and anti-social behaviour in Porthcawl during the pandemic lockdown.
I have written to Chief Constable Matt Jukes asking police to monitor the behaviour of groups of men who are staying in local hotels but who are ignoring social distancing rules as they gather outside to drink.
I understand that Bridgend County Borough Council has signed contracts with several Porthcawl hotels to house rough sleepers during this lockdown. Let me be clear – I fully support the council giving people living on the streets in the borough somewhere safe to stay during the Coronavirus pandemic.
It was also sensible to make use of ready-made accommodation provided by hotels which would otherwise be empty and it also gives them a much needed income stream in these difficult times.
But I have had complaints from constituents in Porthcawl about the behaviour of some of those who are now living in these hotels. I urge police to be vigilant and ensure that residents are not subjected to any nuisance caused by anti-social behaviour on the part of people who have been brought into the town.
It is also crucial that they are reminded of the importance of adhering to the social distancing rules for their own sakes and for those of everyone else as we fight to contain the spread of Covid-19.”
I have also written to BCBC to ask for better monitoring by social workers of the people who are being accommodated.