Homeless man passes away

We were all extremely saddened to learn about the death of a man in Retford who had been sleeping on the streets.

The Council had put provisions in place in an attempt to prevent something like this occurring by providing a Severe Weather Night Shelter every night since Saturday 24th February, where anyone in Bassetlaw who is homeless can get out of the cold and into a warm and safe environment for the night.

Severe Weather Night Shelters are set up when the outside temperature is set to drop below zero degrees centigrade for three consecutive nights.

Outreach Workers from Framework, the Council, the Police and a number of other agencies are in regular contact with people who are sleeping rough and have made them aware of the shelter.

While the shelter is based at Crown Place Community Centre in Worksop, free transport has been offered to people known to be homeless, regardless of where they are currently living. Some people have taken up this offer and have used the shelter. Regrettably other individuals have made a personal choice to decline this offer.

We are aware of between 15 and 20 people known to be on the streets in Worksop and around five people in the Retford area who are known to be homeless. We will be keeping the shelter open throughout the weekend and into next week, depending on the weather. Up until Friday morning the shelter has been used by a total of 15 people since it opened last weekend.

In terms of long-term provision for homelessness, the Council works throughout the year with the individuals concerned and the relevant agencies to place people in the most appropriate accommodation, as well as work to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.

Statement by Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council.

Published: Friday 02 March 2018