Council to put provisions in place for rough sleepers during severe weather

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:57 27 February 2018

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Weston-super-Mare’s rough sleepers will be provided with temporary living accommodation during the freezing cold weather.

North Somerset Council has a severe weather emergency protocol in place for those who are sleeping rough in the town.

MORE: A social media campaign was launched in January.

A council spokesman said: “Eight people presented on Friday saying they were rough sleeping and asking for emergency accommodation due to the severe weather.

“We have exclusive use of 15-bed spaces for homeless emergencies.

“If these places are full, we try and locate bed and breakfast accommodation as and when a rough sleeper is in need of support.”

MORE: The town council has earmarked money for the homeless.

Severe weather is described as three consecutive nights of below freezing temperatures.

MORE: A ‘nightmare’ 24 hours on Weston’s streets.

The homelessness problem in Weston has been in the media a lot in recent weeks after a social media campaign was started in January to support the town’s rough sleepers and to provide them with food and blankets.

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