Homeless families housed in Pontins holiday camp because of immigration as council reveals waiting list for new homes reaches “breaking point”

Flintshire Council is using Pontins to house homeless families (Image: Getty Images Europe)

A council is using a holiday camp to house homeless people because the system is “at breaking point”.

Flintshire council uses the Pontins Holiday Camp in Prestatyn, north Wales to put locals up in an emergency as pressures on the housing waiting list grows.

According to local authority officials, the number of people waiting for a council home across the county since September has grown by a third.

Clare Budden, the council’s community and enterprise chief officer, said: “There are currently just over 1,600 people on Flintshire County Council’s waiting list for housing.

Clare Budden says the holiday camp is sometimes used where emergency accommodation is needed(Image: @ClareBudden/Twitter WS)
The camp in Prestatyn is being used to accommodate larger families (Image: Daily Post Wales)

“This compares with just over 1,200 at the end of September 2016 demonstrating the growing need for social housing in the area.

“The council occasionally uses Pontins at Prestatyn for short stays to accommodate people in need of emergency accommodation say after a fire or where rented accommodation is deemed unsuitable for health and safety.

Cllr Bernie Attridge, the authority’s lead member for housing and deputy council leader, said pressures were mounting on the housing service.

The homeless service is at breaking point

The camp is being used as the authority’s homeless service reaches “breaking point” (Image: Redferns)

“Pontins is only used to put larger families up in an emergency where bed and breakfast would not be appropriate and they need cooking facilities.

“There is increasing pressure on the council house waiting list which is being caused by austerity and demand seems to be outstripping supply.

 

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