Gosport’s mayor will open town’s new homeless centre

MAYOR Richard Dickson
MAYOR Richard Dickson
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HOMELESS families will benefit from a new accommodation centre which opens in Gosport tomorrow.

Gosport Borough Council has turned Agnew House, in Mill Lane, from a sheltered accommodation unit into a housing centre for families who find themselves on the streets.

The complex has been given a £1.2m makeover since November and will be officially opened by the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson, at 10.30am tomorrow.

He said: ‘I am delighted to have been asked to officially open the Agnew Family Centre.

‘It is a facility we are all delighted to see completed, and ready to provide much-needed accommodation for families in our community who find themselves homeless.’

People are being invited to view the centre and talk to the staff who will be working there.

Agnew House will provide temporary accommodation for families who have become homeless and are waiting to be rehoused.

The revamp has seen 38 flats for the elderly turned into 55 accommodation units with one, two or three bedrooms.

These will share one of 13 communal kitchens and a laundry room.

The building has also been given solar panels on its roof to help power the complex.

Plans to open the centre up for homeless families originally drew criticism from those living nearby.

The council was handed a petition signed by 202 neighbours who were worried about parking and noise disturbance.

But the council says it will save around £435,000 a year as it won’t have to pay for families to be put up in bed and breakfast accommodation.