New shutters for homeless hotspot. Is this the answer?

New shutters for homeless hotspot. Is this the answer?

The last few weeks have seen an upsurge in rough sleepers in the town, but will these new measures help?

Shutters have been installed today in the old Stead & Simpson shop front in Wellington’s Market square. The alcove in front of the store is covered on three sides and was a popular haunt of rough sleepers in the town.

There is certainly lots of help available to the homeless in the town. Maninplace and KIP both based in Wellington and Stay at Meeting Point House do a great job of helping people who are ready to be helped. Those homeless people who are drink or drug dependant may well be unsuitable to be housed safely with recovering addicts – how do we in society help those people who may not be ready to be helped?

For traders in our High Streets, having homeless people around their doorways has been a bone of contention. Making customers feel uncomfortable or unsafe, defecating in the street is adding to pressures already taking their toll on retail.

Some homeless people beg (some people masquerading as homeless beg, too), some shoplift, some do neither. Is giving them money, food & drink the answer? The Police certainly advise against it.

While it is illegal to beg in a public place, Police advise “It is not illegal to give a beggar money or something to eat however we would advise against it.

Not at all beggars are homeless or in need, some spend their money on drugs or alcohol. Instead we would encourage you to donate your money to homeless charities who can offer the help and support they need.”

Concerned about a rough sleeper? The Telford Rough Sleeping Hotline is 01952 248248 and open 24/7.

Over to you – what would you do?

16 thoughts on “New shutters for homeless hotspot. Is this the answer?

  • May 29, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    Telford is becoming appalling first you design a bus station that not only is it horrible for people who need to catch bus as it’s cold and very uncomfortable but was designed to stop homeless people finding somewhere dry to sleep at night but now shops who have never had these measures in place before are joining in and when they start breaking in to dry places to keep warm n dry you will all wonder why and bitch about it. Telford your really starting to disgust me.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    Why can’t you let them sleep in empty shop door ways? These shops have been empty for years and won’t be filled anytime soon. I contacted maninplace and stay Telford has a had sleeping bags I wanted to donate but no one bothered to get back to me! So are the homeless really getting the help they need?

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  • May 29, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    66.87 million people live in the U.K. and 320,000 are homeless. That’s a very small amount. Too many yes but when you think about it surely there has to be a way to home these actual real homeless people. Sleeping in doorways, breaking into empty properties and begging is not cool. The majority of street beggars earn more than the national wage be get fed better than people with children living in social housing. I don’t know what the answer is but it’s not a problem councils are willing to fund unfortunately

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  • May 29, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    So they would rather we donate our money to an organisation, where 90% of every pound goes to a CEO who nobody knows and does sweet FA. Sorry i would rather buy the person in need food and drink than give it to a fat cat.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    Fucking joke that spot there is all some people have !! And begging is illegal ?! What about all those people begging you to change gas suppliers etc etc

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  • May 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Omg what a joke all the empty properties that are empty above the shops why don’t they open them for the homeless. All the money they actually have for the homeless but never seam to use is disgusting

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    This is absolutely disgusting! Did you not consider the fact the money used to buy and install these could have got someone a bed for a few nights? Council should be ashamed. Everyone should stop paying taxes until they stop protecting and covering up paedophilic gangs and making life even harder than it already is for the homeless!

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    I never give money as I don’t know who they are but I will try n feed them matter what the situation everyone gets hungry n deserves to eat if they have a drug drink problem some ppl are ashamed to admit or ask for help x

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    • May 31, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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      The fakers are hitting every town and earning upto and poss mure than 80 quid a day..I know two homeless offered help many times even a shared house only to turn it down..because of zero drug beer tollerence ..and what they earn on streets …notice diff in numbers in winter than warm summer months ..odd how they disapear ..don’t be taken in and fooled

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    Not really the answer is it? These people need support from mental health professionals. Doctors and the DWP. This will just make them feel more vulnerable. A waste of money.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Fucking house them then!!! Instead of doing shit to stop them surviving!!!

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    How cruel anyone cud become homeless people need to have a heart if they use ur shop as a shelter let them but ask nicely for them to move on wen business opens

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Out of sight out of mind springs to mind – if they think this is going to bring Wellington back to the good old days then they’re mistaken.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    Not sure what sort of reception was hoping yo be received from this but to me its bullshit and disgusting.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    Surely that store could be rented by one of those charities and made into a hostel of sorts?

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