MEQ- Southgate Rough sleeping Response

Case Reference: 101000139828

Thank you for your enquiry dated 15 July 2022 requesting an update on the homeless couple outside Southgate McDonalds. 

I can confirm that my Street Outreach Team have continued to visit the couple on a regular basis. However, they have continued to refuse offers of accommodation and support.

In light of their refusal to engage, I have met regularly with my colleague Karen Maguire in Strategic Property Services, who is responsible for taking action to tackle Trespass and Illegal Encampments. Because the land is privately owned, it is the responsibility of the landowner to take action to remove trespassers. Karen has contacted the new owner of the land on a number of occasions, in order to advise them to take legal action to remove the couple from the site, and encourage them to do so ASAP. I contacted Karen today for an update, and I understand that the new landowner has agreed with her to evict the couple from the site by 04 August.

Once the above legal action has taken place, my team will continue to offer the couple help with support and housing.

I will keep you updated of any developments in this case. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

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