A group of residents fed up with the brawling, urinating and smashed bottles at Taylor Square are demanding Clover Moore shut down the T2 and the Taylor Square Hotel for good.
Members of the Nichols Street Community Group claimed three ambulances were needed following violence on Sunday morning.
Once again this Sunday morning from 6am onwards the southern end of Taylor Square has been like a war zone, e.g. fights, one resident calling himself Fred wrote to Moore.
When is this hellhole going to be closed? We are victims of neglect from council and state government. You have just been re-elected as Lord Mayor, please do something about T2 and the whole sorry state of Taylor Square.
However, Surry Hills Police denied the violence over the weekend was more serious than usual.
A 26-year-old man was charged following a physical altercation at the Square in which a 32-year-old alleged victim sustained minor facial injuries. It wasn’t as serious as claimed, a spokesman said, but there was a crowd of onlookers at the time of the incident.
Prior to the incident large numbers of police were seen patrolling Oxford St and the Square throughout the weekend.
The Taylor Square residents group also wrote to Moore saying public safety was in danger.
We are grateful for the presence of additional law enforcement resources but it begs the question whether this abominable behaviour should be controlled through funding by tax payers in this manner, the unsigned letter stated.
Another resident calling himself Brian suggested improvements to laneways could help the area’s amenity.
Little Oxford St needs to be changed by Sydney Council’s -˜Live Laneways’ artworks project, he wrote.
Right now it’s the dumping ground for Oxford St’s bars, clubs and cafes’ foul-smelling rubbish matter, with green garbage bags overflowing from the many stinking, multicoloured wheelie bins. It’s a back lane waiting to be transformed.
Taylor Square Hotel was contacted for comment, but did not respond by print deadline.