Pontins used as temporary accommodation for the homeless
The homeless are temporarily housed at Pontins in Southport, Sefton’s advice confirmed.
Britannia Hotels, which own Pontins as well as the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool and the Scarisbrick Hotel in Southport, have repeatedly come under criticism from guests unhappy with their recent camp vacation.
Critics of cleanliness and guest behavior recently prompted Conservative Southport MP Damien Moore to accuse the hotel chain of “tarnishing” the good work done to improve Southport’s reputation as a vacation destination.
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Britannia did not respond to ECHO’s request for comment regarding the MP’s criticism.
In March of this year, it was also claimed that Pontins had compiled a list of surnames of “unwanted guests” which sparked accusations of discrimination against Travelers’ families, according to the i newspaper.
Yesterday, a spokesperson for Sefton’s council confirmed it was working with the Britannia group to temporarily house eligible homeless families.
When asked if ECHO is using Pontins in Southport as temporary homeless housing, a spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “Our Housing Options team is working extremely hard, with our partners, to ensure that everyone has access to safe and secure housing.
“The local authority is working with a number of different hoteliers across the borough, including Britannia properties in Southport and Ainsdale, to accommodate eligible homeless households.
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“We understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the situation of many people and finding suitable and affordable housing can sometimes be a barrier to accessing long-term housing quickly.
“We want all tenants who think they are having problems contact us as quickly as possible so that we can work with them to find practical solutions.
“And, we want to hear landlords anticipate difficulties, so that we can help them find practical solutions without the loss of rent and other costs that can result from evictions and litigation.”
“The Homeless Prevention Service can be contacted at [email protected] or by calling 07966 698 065 or 07870 379586.”
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