Letter: Shelter

Starbeck
Starbeck

Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) are now in the planning stages of building a temporary homeless shelter for 19 single people on Spa Lane. To date the consultation process has totalled one drop-in session where no notes were taken and we left feeling that our views had not been registered properly and the whole process was a sham. CCTV cameras are going to be erected all over the area, so they are obviously expecting upset and issues, I don’t want to live in an area where CCTV is deemed necessary. Providing the support for the homeless is a complex issue and needs a lot of input, where will the funding be when there is a change of government or a change of government policy? Have they forgotten the disaster of the homeless shelter built in the early 90s in Jennyfields! It has been widely viewed that an important and sensitive build like this should be in central Harrogate close to amenities vital to the people needing this support, not dumped on Starbeck in a quiet residential area populated by a large elderly community. Come on HBC, wake up and smell the coffee.

Caroline Metcalfe