Big shake-up for council’s hostel sites

Blackpool Town Hall and (below) council leader Simon Blackburn.

Blackpool Town Hall and (below) council leader Simon Blackburn.

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Changes are to be made to emergency accommodation for the homeless.

The intention is to make the temporary facilities more suitable for the people using them.

Blackpool Council owns three hostels, with 40 rooms available in total, but a report says the existing arrangements are “not satisfactory because households with children have to share facilities with single people.

“This creates tensions and is not a suitable situation for children and families to be in.”

Cabinet member for housing Coun Gillian Campbell has agreed a recommendention to only use accommodation on Gorton Street for households without children, while the hostel on Central Drive will be for families with children.

The number of units at Gorton Street will be increased from 20 to 25, while Central Drive will be remodelled into six units.

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