For the last two years, residents of Warsaw have been allowed to consume alcohol legally on the Vistula boulevards. Will the previous ban return this year? We will soon find out. Residents of lcoal apartment buildings at ul. Wioślarska complained about the inappropriate behavior of people gathering on the Vistula. The building developers stood up for tenants and appealed to the court for a resolution of councilors to apply the drinking ban yet again. The trial it currently ongoing, but we will soon get an answer.
Fighting, verbal and physical assaults on passers-by are common here. Huge amounts of rubbish are left behind daily. Regularly the area is polluted with faeces and other secretions that end up on the buildings and fences. There are acts of pointless vandalism that never seem to endexplains Anna Bartoszewicz, representative of the manager of The Tides building.
The Tides is a building at Wioślarska 10, in which there are exclusive apartments, restaurants and offices. Residents of the apartment building complain about noise, dirt and inappropriate behavior of people on the Vistula boulevards. They do not agree with the lifting of the ban on alcohol consumption and want to restore it. As a reminder, the Council of Warsaw in 2018 issued a positive opinion on the decision and lifted the ban on alcohol consumption on the Vistula.
Despite the fact that a bicycle path runs through the Vistula boulevards, in the evenings it is almost impossible to use it. There are no families with children here, but young people with bags full of alcohol, notoriously drunk, often unconscious, initiating brawls and polluting the area.explains Anna Bartoszewicz, representative of the manager of The Tides building.
A case in court
The company that now manages the building appealed to the administrative court with a resolution for the City Council from 2018. Before doing so, however, she tried to communicate with the city many times. Unfortunately to no avail. “There were talks with Justyna Glusman, urban director coordinator for sustainable development. The case was reported to the President of the City Council, talks were held with councilors and the City Security Bureau, “ says Anna Bartoszewicz.
Current activities take place as part of a coalition of associations – the developer came out with a social initiative around which associations perceived the problem. They also tried to make contact with the city’s president – Rafał Trzaskowski.
We submitted several letters describing the situation, asking for a meeting on this topic. These requests remained unanswered. Hence the decision to take formal legal actionadds Bartoszewicz.
The hearing on repealing the resolution will be held on the 13th March 2020
Closed pubs made the situation worse
Anna Bartoszewicz notes that she is not against the idea of permanent or seasonal functioning clubs that care about order and safety. In the last season there were a lot less pubs on the Vistula. Closed, among others famous Hocki Klocki or Cud nad Wisłą on the Vistula. This – according to Bartoszewicz – caused that the situation on the boulevards to worsened. Why? Residents do not have many alternatives to “stairs”, which is why they meet there most often.
The number of police reports has decreased, but the problem still exists
The police and city guards that managed the area of the Vistula boulevards and the surrounding area is and was supervised by both officers patrolling the promenade on foot and an extensive monitoring system. Last season there were 334 foot patrols supported by 24 cameras. It turns out that there was less official reports than in 2019 and in previous years. Publicly released information from the city guards in 2019
- they imposed 258 fines on the boulevards
- issued 169 instructions to leave for 24 hours or face arrest
- arrested six adults suspected of committing crimes that later appeared in court
For comparison – in 2018, over 400 tickets were issued, nearly 390 instructions to leave given and 12 people appeared in court. In the 2019 season, the guards took 42 intoxicated people away from the boulevards. A year earlier in 2017 there were 67 of them.
The Tides building management agrees that the number of submissions alone has fallen. However, they draw attention to one detail. Earlier, these were reports of people consuming alcohol in a prohibited place and interventions regarding precisely these offenses – which at the moment are not considered as offenses and do not function in statistics.
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