Authorities are reassuring in the face of negative comments made on social media, and apparently in the press, following arrests at a hotel housing homeless people in the county.
Two men were arrested after an incident at Tenby’s Albany Hotel on July 27. A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of using threatening or abusive language or behavior likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, while a 41-year-old l man was arrested on suspicion of obstructing/resisting a gendarme in the performance of his duties.
Michelle Bateman, Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Housing Operations, said she was concerned “by the negative comments made on social media and in the press about the incident and the arrangement the council concluded with this company”.
“We are extremely grateful to the owner of the Albany Hotel in Tenby for being able to provide accommodation and support to homeless residents in our county,” she said.
“This is a much needed resource in the county where we are facing unprecedented demand for our homeless service and a severe shortage of affordable housing.
“Without the support of a number of B&B owners across the county, we would be in a much worse position with many more of our residents facing homelessness on the streets.
“The support provided by the owner of this hotel and staff to those going through difficult times of losing their homes is invaluable and as a homeless service we are pleased with the management and support provided.”
She said the owner of the Albany regularly liaises with immediate neighbors in case there are any issues of concern they wish to raise with him.
She added that the council does not generally identify the accommodation it uses for homeless placements due to “sensitivities”, to maintain the privacy of those residing there and to “avoid any negative media attention”.
Dyfed-Powys Police, along with the council, said it was an isolated incident which was dealt with quickly.
Dyfed-Powys Police Sergeant Stuart Wheeler added: ‘The Local Neighborhood Policing Team provides a visible presence in the community and we will continue to work closely with Pembrokeshire County Council and the hotel. Albany to address any local concerns.”
Anyone with further concerns about this is asked to contact the council’s housing department at [email protected] or via the county council’s contact centre.