Stratford-on-Avon District Council is aware of all individuals who are sleeping rough in the town and all have been offered assistance with accessing accommodation.
We have engaged with the individuals who were staying in our Bridgeway car park and can confirm that earlier this week they took their first steps to being placed in emergency housing.
The council has balanced the needs of the rough sleeper community against its public safety responsibilities following a number of complaints relating to anti-social behaviour at this location, including begging, harassment and drug use. The need for the barriers to remain in place will be reviewed when the council is satisfied that there is no longer a risk to public safety.
The council and its partners are committed to supporting the rough sleeper community. We operate The Link Project, a daytime support service for rough sleepers, and regularly engage with those on the streets in the early hours of the morning to offer assistance. An enhanced Severe Weather Emergency Protocol has also been introduced, which triggers additional measures when extreme weather is forecast.
All this work has resulted in significantly reduced numbers of people who sleep rough in the town.
There are several organisations in Stratford that can help and support those sleeping rough.
Stratford Link Project: (Open Monday to Friday: 10am to 1pm) 14 Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA; please note that access to the Link Project is at the rear, through Shrieves Walk off Sheep Street, or via Old Red Lion Court next to McDonald's. Support can include:
P3 Charity: housing-related floating support service to over 25s in Warwickshire: 0808 164 6220
St Basils: housing-related floating support to those aged 16 to 25 in Warwickshire: text NEED ST BASILS to 62277 or call 01789 332 540
CGL: alcohol and drug treatment centre: 16 Court St, Leamington Spa, CV31 2BB Tel: 01926 353513
Citizens Advice Bureau: 25 Meer Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. Tel: 01789 200136
JobCentrePlus: Martin Raff House, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9DA. Tel: 0345 604 3719
Stratford-on-Avon District Council: Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HX. Tel: 01789 267575