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In response to the decision made by Poole Council on 13 March that its PSPO will be implemented on 16 April for a period of three years, Rev Pat Southgate Chair of Routes to Roots, spoke to the BBC: “In light of the decision made by Poole council last night with regard to the PSPO I would like to say that Routes to Roots are no longer surprised by any decision the council make regarding the homeless in Poole.

“Once again we are appalled by the way in which this measure shows complete lack of care or compassion for the growing number of people, many with a local connection to Poole, who are having to sleep on our streets or in our car parks. Many of these people are having to beg in order to survive.

“This measure does nothing to help these most vulnerable people find a solution to help meet their needs: it merely puts them at risk of being criminalised for being poor.”

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…The Churches in Poole have for many years worked together in supporting the work of the charity Routes to Roots and also the Soup kitchen for the homeless. As such they represent a key part of the provision locally for the homeless which takes place within the central town area either at Skinner Street URC or under the arches by the station. To have a policy of moving homeless on out of this local area will curtail their access to this valuable resource for them. The soup kitchens do not start until 8pm which gives little time for the users of this resource to move to an area out of the PSPO area. The provision of the proposed PSPO appears to put our most vulnerable members of our society at more risk and seems to show a lack of compassion in our community…

Download the full letter: Letter re PSPO