Begging concern at Telford Tourist Hotspot
Telford residents took to Twitter to express their thoughts about a handful of beggars at Southwater, currently home to the European Christmas Market.
Some felt unsafe opening handbags around the parking machines while beggars were close by.
Joshua Lester-Rigg wrote “Some up town are genuine but the majority have a house or house share and they do it just get money fast for drugs and drink I knew one guy who admitted that he isn’t homeless he just does it for money where as in Birmingham they seen to be more genuine rather than Telford”
Sammi commented “There’s not enough support in Telford for homeless people or addicts. They go hand in hand for a reason. Why isn’t the council helping them?”
Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Cllr Shaun Davies responded “We continue to engage and support those who are in and around southwater. Homelessness is not the issue. We continue to fund and work with Man In Place & others to ensure there is always an alternative to rough sleeping.”
Have your say. How do you feel about begging? Have you experienced being asked for cash at Southwater? Do you give to beggars?