Council vows to remove 'anti-homeless' bars from benches after public backlash

The bars were installed by the council after 'multiple complaints' Credit: ITV Meridian

Bournemouth Borough Council has vowed to remove 'anti-homeless' bars from benches in the town centre after a public backlash.

More than 19,000 people signed a petition to remove the bars claiming they were installed to stop homeless people sleeping on them.

Musician Professor Green became involved in the row by posting footage of his friend removing the bars last week.

Credit: Professor Green TV

The council has "reviewed its decision" stating they will be removed "in the next few days".

The bars cost the council £3,650 to buy and install.

Read the full Council statement below:

The decision last summer to install the bars on a very small number of benches in key select locations in the town centre was made by a multi agency operational group, chaired by the Council and attended by the Police, Rough Sleeper Team and the Town Centre BiD. The decision was taken in response to many complaints about people lying on them throughout the day, meaning that wider members of the community were unable to use them to sit on."

Cllr Robert Lawton, Bournemouth Borough Council