As some of the people of Stockton Heath rant and rave about the shabby village square christmas tree and demand a new one, a couple of miles down the road in Warrington Town Centre there is a more substantial crisis.
An outreach programme that offered a lifeline to rough sleepers has had it’s funding withdrawn by the council.
The service provided by Brighter Futures has been running in Warrington for 3 years. Over this time the rough sleeper team used their specialist knowledge and skills to provide an excellent service.
Working closely with street wardens, PCSO’s and other professionals they were able to put together support packages to help resolve the issues that led to homelessness and successfully helping over 250 individuals.
This service benefitted the whole town centre as it also resulted in a decrease of anti-social behaviour.
Now the funding has been cut, who will provide support and information this winter to rough sleepers as we approach Christmas, I hope the council have a plan that works.
But hey not to worry, at least the village square has a new tree!