Local business owners have complained about problems caused by homeless people sleeping in Albert Road, including discarded litter and human waste, for several years.
Back in October 2009 local businessman Stephen Bath, of Bath Travel, frustrated by the sight of empty bottles, dried vomit and dirty clothing marring the street, called on the council to act.And amazingly enough, they did!
Nathaniel Rendell, owner of the Consortium clothes shop, said he believed the move was a positive step towards Albert Road regaining its former glory. “I have sympathy for the homeless but these particular people have been creating a problem where we are trying to run a business,” he said.Amen! Preach it, brother!
Lorraine Mealings, Strategic Housing Services Manager for Bournemouth council, said the authority has been working with Crime Reduction Initiatives, Dorset Police and the UK Border Agency to move the homeless people to “suitable accommodation”.Wait, whoa, hold up! Why would the UKBA get involved?
Surely you aren't telling us that we have a foreign-imported 'homelessness problem'?