Not in our backyard!

‘Clear homeless for VIPs’, Torbay charity told

A homeless charity says it was asked to close early to avoid embarrassing dignitaries visiting the nearby town hall.  A Torbay councillor made the request to Humanity Torbay, the charity’s Ellie Waugh said. The charity received two similar requests in the last month to remove the homeless. Torbay Council said it takes its responsibility towards the vulnerable in the community “very seriously”.

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Homeless could ‘end’ seaside town (Torquay), business leader says

The head of a Chamber of Commerce has said a homeless charity should relocate before the local town is “doomed“.   Susie Colley said Humanity Torbay’s work in Torquay was “increasing problems”.   She added traders believe the scheme has led to a rise in rough sleepers, which was having an impact on local businesses.   Humanity Torbay founder, Ellie Waugh, said it was like “social cleansing”.

Ms Colley suggested that the charity move out of the town and that the police presence in the area should be increased or it “will be the end of Torquay“.

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