Changes to benches in Bournemouth town centre

Posted on Monday 29th January 2018

A Council spokesperson confirmed:

In Bournemouth we deliver a wide range of services for homeless people, including providing approximately 150 hostel bed spaces for homeless people and funding the St Mungo’s rough sleeper assertive outreach team.

As a Council, we need to maintain a careful balance between our responsibility to the wider public to ensure that amenities are available to them, and our duty of care to vulnerable members of our community, including people rough sleeping.

Changes were made to a small number of benches in very specific locations in the town centre several months ago, and only following numerous complaints by members of the public and local traders. The complaints related to a number of the benches being unavailable to members of the public throughout the day due to people lying on them during the daytime.

Our Homelessness Strategy ensures we work closely with partner agencies including Social Services, drug and alcohol treatment and healthcare teams to ensure customers can receive the support they need and are given access to support services including the hostel spaces and long term help.

We encourage anyone who is concerned about someone who is rough sleeping to pass this information to the rough sleeper team by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk or calling 0300 500 0914.