Southport councillor calls for homeless shelter in the town.

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A Southport  councillor has said that the town should have a homeless shelter.

Cllr Iain Brodie- Browne has called on the Council to do more for the town’s homeless.

Mr Brodie- Browne said that the town’s rough sleepers have to travel to Liverpool City centre to find shelter for the night.

An emergency provision is in place for The Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool.

The councillor has discussed this issue with locally-based charities who work in the field of homelessness and he said ” It is clear that a Southport-based alternative can easily be established at minimal cost. I have raised this issue with the chief executive and I hope that there will be something positive to report soon.”

Justin Dempster, who runs Southport Soup Kitchen, said: “The town needs a shelter. People have to sleep on the beach, in the train station, behind McDonald’s and in our parks.

“Landlords want hundreds of pounds up front for bedsit accommodation, which people do not have.

“The Whitechapel centre is 20 miles away in Liverpool.

“There is also a community of ‘hidden homeless’ people in Southport, who live with friends.”



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