Conservatives secure £3m investment to tackle homelessness

Plans for new homeless hostel facilities in Bath have been agreed by Bath and North East Somerset Council. A meeting of Bath and North East Somerset Council voted to approve proposals from the Conservative administration to invest up to £3 million towards a new hostel to alleviate homelessness and street drinking in the city.

Following almost two years of work on the project, the Council can now move ahead with developing plans for the facility, which is likely to be located in James St West.

Conservative Councillors in Bath have championed the scheme, which is hoped can reduce the numbers of street drinkers and rough sleepers in the city centre and help them towards independent living.

A proposal from Liberal Democrat Councillors to go back to the drawing board over the plans was rejected by the Council, with Conservative Councillors arguing that delaying the scheme in the hope of new Government funding could derail the project.

Cllr Vic Pritchard (Cons, Chew Valley South), Cabinet Member for Social Services and Housing, said:

“This project is one of the most significant moves the Council has ever made in addressing homelessness and street drinking in Bath. We can now move ahead with delivering a scheme which can reduce the numbers of rough sleepers in the city and help them towards more independent lives.”

The hostel would also include medical facilities and mean providing a safe ‘off-street’ area for street drinkers which can be properly monitored.