Camp set up by homeless in Fareham park

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HOMELESS people camped in a park in Fareham after claiming they were let down by a council.

Tents were on the banks of the Salterns Lake for about three weeks, and people using the park have raised concerns.

A dog walker who did not want to be named said: ‘The other day the woman came out of her tent with nothing on below the waist and got dressed outside.’

She added: ‘And I do have concerns that they might drop things the dogs could pick up.’

James McDermott, regional director of Two Saints, which runs a homeless hostel near the site at 101 Gosport Road, said: ‘101 staff have visited the site and are supporting those who want it.

‘I am aware there are several clients who have not lived in the hostel connected to the site who we are also trying to support.’

Martin Harvey, 45, one of the rough sleepers, said he lost his home three years ago.

He said: ‘I’ve been told to move loads of times by the council.

‘I used to be in 101 Gosport Road. I got kicked out. I didn’t pay my rent. It’s my own fault.

‘The trouble is the council don’t want to help.

‘Every morning I go up there and I ask them for help, and they turn round and say to me “Oh, you again, not you again”. And they just don’t want to help.

‘What else can you do?’

Another man, who did not want to be named, added: ‘We’ve got nowhere else to go.’

The camp vanished earlier this week after police visited the site and spoke with them.

Fareham Borough Council said in a statement it was aware of the situation, and added: ‘We are working closely with Two Saints.

‘Housing staff have also made contact with the rough sleepers to offer them some advice too.

‘If they are camping on land owned by the council then they will be asked to leave and if they’re causing any nuisance the police have been made aware of their location.’