Colas staff spruce up front of homeless shelter

(L-r) Neil Blight, Vincent Coleman and Chris Ayling
(L-r) Neil Blight, Vincent Coleman and Chris Ayling
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A homeless shelter received a bright new look thanks to Colas, the highways maintenance contractor for Portsmouth City Council.

Staff at the firm helped local homeless charity Two Saints after they were introduced by Business in the Community’s local Business Connector.

When Two Saints reached out to Colas to assist with sprucing up the front of its Locksway Road shelter, it was happy to assist.

The charity found that because the front of the property was dressed with shingle, it often looked messy and was taking a lot of work to keep tidy.

Steve White, operations manager for Colas, said: ‘We had to take into consideration two trees growing at the front of the property.

‘Some of the roots near the trees were exposed and Tarmacking over them would have damaged the trees, so we left a shingled area around them to ensure their safety and Tarmacked the remaining area.

‘The front looks neat and tidy now and will take a lot less work to maintain.

‘We’re really pleased we’ve been able to work with Two Saints on this project.’

The shingle was often blown around the surrounding pavements and footpaths and litter tended to gather in the area.

Colas sent a team of operatives to the property, who did the work over two days.

Kate Gladders, Two Saints’ manager, worked with Colas to arrange the project.

She said: ‘We really appreciate the support and are delighted with the outcome, which has transformed the space and made it a more attractive environment for everyone in the area.’

Colas has also supported Two Saints in the past by donating clothes and bedding.