Fall in number of people sleeping rough on streets of Bournemouth

Fall in number of people sleeping rough on streets of Bournemouth

Fall in number of people sleeping rough on streets of Bournemouth

First published in News

A TOTAL of 16 people were sleeping rough on the streets of Bournemouth in the latest ‘snapshot’ taken by the council.

Councillors were told at their monthly meeting on Tuesday that the latest street count was taken in November and identified 16 people bedded-down on the streets. In 1997, it was 44.

It came after Cllr Beryl Baxter asked how many people were sleeping rough.

Deputy leader of the council, Cllr Nicola Greene, said it received about 6,000 homeless enquiries a year.

She added: “One particular focus of our Homelessness Strategy is on addressing rough sleeping, which is the most extreme case of homelessness.

“The council funds a rough sleeper team, which is delivered by Crime Reduction Initiatives. Bournemouth also funds a range of accommodation and support options to help people come inside and address their issues to help them move through into settled and independent accommodation.”

She said the number of rough sleepers was “ever-changing” as people came and went from the area.

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6:38am Thu 23 Jan 14

DUCKFEEDER says...

best you count again
best you count again DUCKFEEDER
  • Score: 10

7:29am Thu 23 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Does this include those that cannot be discharged from a psychiatric hospitals because they have nowhere to live
Does this include those that cannot be discharged from a psychiatric hospitals because they have nowhere to live kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 3

7:49am Thu 23 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

The other 40 were either night shopping or had a bed for 1 night in one of the refuge shelters.
Meaningless head count.
The other 40 were either night shopping or had a bed for 1 night in one of the refuge shelters. Meaningless head count. BIGTONE
  • Score: 9

8:48am Thu 23 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

how many prefer to do that ?.
how many prefer to do that ?. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

9:40am Thu 23 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

No body has any idea how many there are sleeping rough, who did this count, did they go down every street in Bournemouth, what a load of old nonsense, Councillors have no idea how the real world works.
No body has any idea how many there are sleeping rough, who did this count, did they go down every street in Bournemouth, what a load of old nonsense, Councillors have no idea how the real world works. Hessenford
  • Score: 9

9:41am Thu 23 Jan 14

spotthis says...

Councillors are more than deluded if they think the electorate believe this. We have eyes, we see with them.
Councillors are more than deluded if they think the electorate believe this. We have eyes, we see with them. spotthis
  • Score: 10

11:02am Thu 23 Jan 14

wadjit says...

Ask the Salvation army people they will have a good idea how m.any there are.
Ask the Salvation army people they will have a good idea how m.any there are. wadjit
  • Score: 6

11:34am Thu 23 Jan 14

Azphreal says...

So did they do the old 'We will go out at 11pm and only count the ones who are ASLEEP in a doorway'? They do realise that arfter the attacks (and murder) on the homeless many hide themselves away at night for safety? I knew of some who slept in the wooded section of one of the chines as it was safer. Is this to cover for the changes they have made to people being able to use the night shelter?
So did they do the old 'We will go out at 11pm and only count the ones who are ASLEEP in a doorway'? They do realise that arfter the attacks (and murder) on the homeless many hide themselves away at night for safety? I knew of some who slept in the wooded section of one of the chines as it was safer. Is this to cover for the changes they have made to people being able to use the night shelter? Azphreal
  • Score: 5

12:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

The Council "identified" 16 people bedding down on the streets - so that's just those viable on the street, what about those sleeping in empty buildings or hidden from public view. Not so long ago there was someone sleeping rough in a tent in The Dingle in Westbourne - were they counted ?.
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The Councils numbers of rough sleepers are as unreliable as most of their other figures which is scant comfort for those sleeping rough in this wet and miserable winter.
The Council "identified" 16 people bedding down on the streets - so that's just those viable on the street, what about those sleeping in empty buildings or hidden from public view. Not so long ago there was someone sleeping rough in a tent in The Dingle in Westbourne - were they counted ?. . The Councils numbers of rough sleepers are as unreliable as most of their other figures which is scant comfort for those sleeping rough in this wet and miserable winter. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Thu 23 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

viable you mean available george


Sleeping in a cosy waterproof tent with a ground sheet and a Nilmo 163 heater is a luxury, it is not sleeping rough you know.
I believe the council numbers are accurate.
viable you mean available george Sleeping in a cosy waterproof tent with a ground sheet and a Nilmo 163 heater is a luxury, it is not sleeping rough you know. I believe the council numbers are accurate. nickynoodah
  • Score: -7

2:37pm Thu 23 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

Well the Echo photo at the top of the piece is the old cinema entrance in Albert Road, right next door to the Echo site.
Well the Echo photo at the top of the piece is the old cinema entrance in Albert Road, right next door to the Echo site. O'Reilly
  • Score: 2

2:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

The Echo staff didn't have to go far for their picture. The old cinema entrance in Albert Rd.......jobs a good 'un.
The Echo staff didn't have to go far for their picture. The old cinema entrance in Albert Rd.......jobs a good 'un. O'Reilly
  • Score: 1

2:42pm Thu 23 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

O'Reilly wrote:
The Echo staff didn't have to go far for their picture. The old cinema entrance in Albert Rd.......jobs a good 'un.
Apologies for the double post........gremlins
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[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: The Echo staff didn't have to go far for their picture. The old cinema entrance in Albert Rd.......jobs a good 'un.[/p][/quote]Apologies for the double post........gremlins . O'Reilly
  • Score: 1

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