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Social media reacts as council cash pledged for homeless shelter

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 February 2018

Andy who shelters from the winter weather in the open air shelters along Weston seafront.

Andy who shelters from the winter weather in the open air shelters along Weston seafront.

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Tens of thousands of pounds have been pledged to help rough sleepers in Weston-super-Mare.

Weston Town Council earmarked £25,000 at its January 22 meeting to provide shelter for homeless people on the town’s streets.

The cash has been allocated from its community services budget to set up a bus night shelter which would provide a bed for up to 14 people on the streets.

Similar projects have proved successful in Ipswich and on the Isle of Wight.

The Labour group’s proposal said: “It is time to act and we believe the town council is ideally placed to step up and take a leading role in drawing together all the groups and individuals to work towards providing a solution.

“What we propose is one that is financially feasibly and achievable in a relatively short space of time.”

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Jennifer Lawley commented: “Good on you Weston Town Council. Anyone who thinks the homeless don’t deserve help, who are you to judge? You don’t know their journey and you may never experience it either.”

Caroline Davis said: “For the genuine homeless, yes they need help in whatever way is suitable, not the ones which just appear during trading hours”

Paul Leinichen wrote: “Renovate one of the many empty buildings or hotels and give them somewhere warm and dry to go. Then support them to get back on their feet.”

Andreas Macrides said: “£25k is a joke, it needs millions and someone with the expertise and infrastructure to provide an actual solution.

“It’s very complicated as addiction, depression, mental health and disabilities are involved. It’s not as simple as housing them, as part of the addiction is living on the streets with zero responsibilities.”

Marie Edwards commented: “You don’t know people’s life history and why they have turned to alcohol or drugs for support apart from the fact that not every homeless person has an addiction.

“You may be fortunate enough not to be in their position but be careful how you judge as you never know how your own children and grandchildren may end up.”

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