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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Homeless hostel site sought

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a homeless hostel in West Cumbria are still on the cards as work continues to be carried out to find a suitable building.

The Time To Change (TTC) project, which proposed plans for a homeless hostel in Distington, says is not looking for a building within the village itself, in response to residents’ concerns. But it is working with Cumbria County Council to find a building in Copeland or Allerdale – and all options are open.

The proposals for a hostel at Distington, with Woodlands Care Home as the project’s preferred site, have come under fire from many villagers.

Two public meetings have been held where many residents have objected to the plans, citing lack of amenities and possible anti-social behaviour problems as some of their major concerns.

This week, project director Rachel Holliday told The Whitehaven News: “We have been in contact with Cumbria County Council who are offering us assistance to find a site within West Cumbria. As this will be a lengthy process we are focusing on the immediate need of homeless in West Cumbria.

“We are working hard to provide a Christmas meal for our homeless community and other services that could support homeless people in the future.

“If anyone knows of someone who is homeless in West Cumbria who would like to come along to a Christmas lunch, please let us know.

“We offer compassion and understanding to those facing these hard times. If anyone has any suggestions as to a suitable site for a homeless project like ours, please get in touch.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer at one of TTC’s events or when the project is up and running can contact Rachel Holliday at rachel.holliday@ttcwestcumbria.org.

Have your say

I know homeless people. Agree it needs to be in Town, close to job centre & library, and cheap cafes. Needs to be near library as good place to shelter from bad weather, but also place where you can use computers/newspapers to find proper housing. Civic Hall sounds ideal - next to library. Life must be miserable enough if you are in a hostel and banished between 9-5;in Distington there would be nothing positive to do and nowhere to go.

Posted by Helen on 15 October 2013 at 02:49

Why not the Whitehaven Civic Hall ... grab it before Sellafield do!

Posted by jinny on 10 October 2013 at 23:58

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