Councillor claims town is ‘bucking homeless trend’

Scarborough Councillors 2007'Cllr Bill Chatt - Woodlands (Ind'submitted pic
Scarborough Councillors 2007'Cllr Bill Chatt - Woodlands (Ind'submitted pic
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Scarborough is “bucking the trend” when it comes to homelessness.

Those are the words of borough councillor Bill Chatt in a report set to go before Scarborough Council on Monday, in which the cabinet member for public health and housing says that the authority are tackling the issue of homelessness - despite national figures which show that more and more people are being forced to sleep rough.

In the report, Cllr Chatt says that council officers are currently working on a new strategy that will set out the ways the council will aim to prevent homelessness over the next two years.

It follows the recent decision by Scarborough Council’s Cabinet to approve the redevelopment of Newburn House as temporary accommodation for the homeless, which he expects will be in operation by the start of 2014.