Published:
July 1, 2015
Complaints over man living in bus shelter in Burnham town centre

Council bosses have received over ten complaints regarding a rough sleeper who has set up home in a bus shelter in Burnham-On-Sea town centre.

The man has been living in the shelter in Victoria Street, opposite the former Tuckers Garage site, for several months.

Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds has been trying to help the man and find a solution.

She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have been in regular contact with the rough sleeper. He is not interested in receiving any help in finding a home or any official support whilst he is rough sleeping."

"I have spoken at length to Sedgemoor Cleaning Surroundings, who own the shelter, and our local policing team. Both have said that there isn't anything they can do. I would like to see him receive some help and support, but feel I have reached the end of my influence."

Town Council Clerk Denise Emery added: "We have received 10 complaints from local residents regarding several issues about the rough sleeper, and have spoken with the police and Sedgemoor to try and find a solution, but they can't move him on."

"We are therefore looking at more collaborative action instead, working together, and are advising residents to contact their Sedgemoor District Councillor in the first instance if they have concerns."

 


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