Pebbles under Palace Pier fenced off to stop homeless camps

Posted On 15 Sep 2016 at 2:35 pm

A popular camping area for rough sleepers is to be fenced off because of issues with fires and drug paraphernalia.

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The temporary fence underneath the pier. Picture by Ken Frost

The beach under the Palace Pier is often used by homeless people over the summer as a shelter, and tents are sometimes erected under the boardwalk.

Fencing and gates have already been put around the concrete walkway has already been erected, but a temporary fence has now been put up around the beach itself – and a permanent one is due to be installed soon.

A council spokeswoman said: “We are installing permanent fencing for the reasons you’ve stated [fires started and needles often found discarded]. It will be installed next month and in the meantime the area has been secured with temporary fencing.”

Anne Martin, general manager at the Palace Pier, said: “The council’s seafront office are experiencing problems with the drug taking under there. People do set fires and we have to have them removed.

“We totally understand why they’re doing it because it’s quite dangerous and with the children playing on the beach, they don’t want to be picking up syringes and other debris.”

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Rough sleepers camping under the pier last summer. Picture by Ken Frost

  1. Helen Williams Reply

    Then give them somewhere to live FFS!!!

  2. Alex Reply

    BHCC happily pays £14,000/year/grotty bedsit (that no-one would chose to live in) for “temporary, emergency” accommodation (for days, weeks, months, years) in unsupervised HMOs run by unscrupulous private landlords who welcome illicit drug users. BHCC do this without a second though thought and think it is a great use of taxpayers’ money. Not sure why they can’t shell out a few more hundred thousand or even a couple million quid to more private landlords to stop people sleeping under the pier. Would save money on fencing.

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