Bournemouth Borough Council is a Conservative-run local authority. According to the town’s local newspaper, it has an ‘epidemic’ homelessness problem, with rates rising faster than the national average.
As a ‘solution’ to its problem, the council has been making an addition to its town-centre benches:
Bournemouth council has a web page for people sleeping rough or who feel at risk of homelessness. But ‘solving’ the problem by adding ugly metalwork to make it hard for rough sleepers to use benches as beds makes it look like the council’s priority is to keep the grim spectacle away from the tender eyes of the town’s shoppers, rather than finding desperate people somewhere to live.
Neighbouring towns have been complaining for some time that Bournemouth council has been ‘forcing’ rough sleepers out of its town centre into theirs.
A Labour housing activist commented,
I can’t believe the time & effort put into to such awful responses to the issue of homelessness. Where is the humanity?
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