A set of “anti-homeless” spikes, installed on the ground outside a building in London, have drawn a great deal of criticism on social media after a picture of the studs was posted to Facebook earlier this week.
According to The Mirror, more than 17 of the inch-long spikes were embedded in the concrete outside an apartment building on Southwark Bridge Road.
While the owners of the property certainly aren’t the first people to implement such a strategy, it hasn’t stopped people from blasting them for the decision. Some outraged advocates claim the spikes insinuate that the homeless are no better than pigeons and other vermin.
The paper spoke to Katharine Sacks-Jones, an employee at a charity called Crisis, whose goal is to provide assistance to single homeless people without any other support system. She said that the spikes could spark a discussion on the root of the problem, noting:
Over the last three years rough sleeping has risen steeply across the country and by a massive seventy five percent in London… [People] deserve better than to be moved on to the next doorway along the street.
We will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement. Instead we must deal with the causes.
No one involved with the spikes’ installation has commented on the backlash.