Anger over plan to clear homeless people from Windsor for royal wedding

A beggar on the streets of Windsor

A beggar on the streets of Windsor

We need to ascertain the reasons why people are living on the streets, and to clearly differentiate between those who are there because they have no-where else to live, possibly with mental health and addiction problems, and those who do have homes but are in Windsor to beg from unsuspecting residents and tourists.

"It is becoming increasingly concerning to see the quantities of bags and detritus that those begging are accumulating and leaving on our pavements, at times unattended".

"It's absolutely abhorrent that anybody has got these views in this day and age, especially a lead councilor of the borough", he said.

A witness statement filed on behalf of the Home Office during a legal case against the deportation of European Union rough sleepers said there had been "a surge" of people from less economically prosperous countries who were "intent on rough sleeping".

Past year the charity Crisis, which supports homeless people, said councils were increasingly targeting rough sleepers with criminal behaviour orders.

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Tens of thousands of well-wishers and tourists are expected to descend on the picturesque town, located on the banks of the River Thames. for the wedding on May 19 in St George's chapel at Windsor Castle.

Mr Dudley said homelessness "presents a handsome town in a sadly unfavourable light" to the tourists who will flock to Windsor to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom later this year.

And in a letter to Thames Valley Police he complained about "aggressive begging and intimidation" as well as "bags and detritus" on the streets.

Stuart, a Windsor man who is homeless, said he was anxious about what could happen in the coming months.

But Murphy James from the Windsor Homeless Project said Mr Dudley was misinformed.

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"But it's only because of this royal wedding that there's been all of a sudden this uproar over the homelessness and the disgrace on the Windsor streets". He also identifies the fact that there are a growing number of "hidden homeless" people who receive no support, either charitable or official. People sleeping on the street were "often at their lowest point, struggling with a range of complex problems and needs and they are extremely vulnerable, at risk from cold weather, illness and even violence".

But, she added: "It's time for the council and the local community to tackle homelessness together".

"I think they should be protected and given the opportunity to try to find a roof and try to develop a life", she told the Associated Press. Let's be honest about it, he represents Maidenhead Riverside, which is a big area, money.

There is the same implication that some of those who sleep rough are doing so through choice rather than necessity and there is the same concern about the impact on tourism.

"They are still people, you can come and have a chat to them".

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"I've been delighted by the response of hundreds of people in Windsor, who have provided food and blankets, who care about these people and want decent solutions", he said. "They are still human".

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