13 hrs ago / Lauren Howard
A HOMELESS man has been threatened with eviction from his tent after he pitched it in an empty doorway in Poole. The notice was put on the red tent, at the entrance of Burger King in the High Street, at some point on Wednesday. The incident has sparked outrage with some residents who said more should be done to help the homeless rather than admonish them. Beautician Angie Mulvey, 56, told the Daily Echo she saw the tent with her son, student Levi Bright. She said she was “quite disgusted” by the eviction notice. “I have spoken to the man in the tent,” she said.
“He said he was really upset. He said he was told if he doesn’t move it they’re going to fine him £50 and cut up his tent. “I know it’s not the best place to put up a tent but homeless people are homeless. They should be helped. There is a shortage of housing in Poole and we know this. I thought it was quite sad and quite ridiculous to put an eviction notice on a tent.”
Her son added: “It’s shameful. The amount of money that it could cost the taxpayer to punish that man could be used to find him shelter. It just seems people have stopped caring. It’s just shocking.”
A market stall holder named Richard said the man in the doorway is seldom alone. “Since Burger King closed down there have been homeless people there,” he said.
“Some people would say it’s not good for tourism. At the end of the day it’s not their fault they are in that position. But in general it doesn’t give a good impression of the town. “The council have got to do something. If everyone set up tents in the High Street what would happen? At the same time we have got to set the standard.”
Passer-by Stan Patterson added: “I understand why the tent is here, everyone wants to stay warm. But homelessness downgrades Poole. I hear comments from tourists saying it’s not a nice place to come to. I don’t think the main High Street is a place for them to be.”
A Borough of Poole spokesman said: “We are working with the individual concerned to help them move into more permanent accommodation.”
Sussex Police: NO to arresting and fining rough sleepers!
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So much for listening to the thousands of complaints about bombarding the homeless in Bournemouth with loud music all night to put them off attempting to sleep in public places – at the local train station, and covered car parks, etc. Many sites where the homeless sleep at night are bombarded sound-wise from midnight onwards by extremely loud music, courtesy of the local council, to deter the homeless from sleeping at the locations. At the beginning of December 2015 there was a news piece about this at the local train station where the homeless would gather at night – “BOURNEMOUTH, UK: “BAGPIPE MUSIC” USED TO DRIVE AWAY HOMELESS FROM TRAVEL INTERCHANGE!!”
Nevertheless the extra loud music continues to be played all night at the railway station and at other sites to deter homeless sleepers from congregating. Hardly any accomodation is offered to these people – just loud music. I’m told one has to be homeless for 28 days before one is eligible for the sparse housing from the council, and then the wait for that accomodation is at least 4 months minimum.
3 Dec. 2015: video: BAGPIPE MUSIC USED TO DRIVE HOMELESS AWAY FROM BOURNEMOUTH INTERCHANGE + COACHPARK:
“4000 TELL COUNCIL: “STOP USING BAGPIPE MUSIC TO DRIVE AWAY HOMELESS”
A PETITION calling for Bournemouth council to stop using bagpipe music as a deterrent for rough sleepers has attracted almost 4,000 signatures. The authority has deployed the tactic of playing loud music at the Travel Interchange in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour. This strategy was adopted after reports that commuters felt intimidated by the growing number of homeless people drinking there and using it as a place to sleep at night.
But protestor Carla Johnson, who has recently moved away from the town to Essex, has launched a petition against the scheme, claiming it “goes against the morals of the majority of Bournemouth residents”. “At a time of year when the weather is becoming increasingly cold and wet Bournemouth council should be finding a solution to help the homeless in our town, not to drive them away,” she said. “Playing loud music at the interchange is in no way a solution as it will simply move the homeless people on to another area in the town.” She added: “By offering no support, I believe the issues the council have with the homeless will only worsen.
“These people need our support, and not to be treated like wild animals, driven out of one area to the next.”
Ms Johnson told the Daily Echo she plans to send the petition, which as of Friday evening had accumulated 3,804 supporters, to the council. “I understand why the council has decided to do this in terms of giving the right impression to tourists,” she said. “But the people of Bournemouth are friendly people and this goes against their nature – nobody chooses to be homeless and we should be looking at different ways to help.”
A Bournemouth council spokesperson said: “The playing of music was done in this particular location in the town to address a very specific anti-social behaviour problem of intimidating begging and other issues.” The spokesperson also dismissed an accusation in the petition that the authority had recently closed a soup kitchen, pointing out it does not have the power to do this unless there is a food safety issue. And cabinet member for planning and environment, Cllr David Smith, said: “The playing of music at the station is one tiny part of the wider approach which includes close working with the police and the use of enforcement measures where appropriate in order to motivate people to assist them in changing their behaviour. Alongside this, however, we always offer people the accommodation and support they need and achieve many successes with this as people safely move inside.”
What’s next? this? “Oxford City Council ‘criminalising homelessness’” 13 April 2015
3 Dec. 2015: BBC SOUTH: BOURNEMOUTH INTERCOURSE BAGPIPE MUSIC:
Article by Sam Beamish Published on 11 December, 2014 at 2:29 pm Last modified on 11 December, 2014 at 2:29 pmFiled Under: Local, News Tagged With: bournemouth, charity, christmas, Hope for Food, kitchen, volunteers
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