Homeless people have been blocked from sleeping in doorways after a council installed large metal gates.
The partially covered areas outside an old dance studio and a former nightclub in Swansea, Wales, were popular among rough sleepers, who used them to shelter in at night.
But Coastal Housing group, a social housing provider which owns the buildings, has now placed gates in the area blocking the entrance and preventing homeless people from sleeping there.
The group says they are there for safety and security reasons after receiving complaints of anti-social behaviour.
A homeless person in the street described the move as ‘petty’, claiming some passing drinkers were now using another small entrance nearby as a toilet.
He told Wales Online that never used to happen when he was sleeping close by in the now gated entrances.
In July, a homeless charity in Wales released statistics that revealed that the numbers of people sleeping rough in Swansea had increased by 21 percent.
The Wallich’s Rough Sleepers Intervention Team collected data from the second quarter of this year and compared it to the same period in 2016.
It showed that over a 13-week period, the average number of people sleeping rough ranged from 12 to 27 people per day.
The local council directs people concerned about rough sleepers to visit http://www.streetlink.org.uk or call 0300 5000914 and report them to outreach teams who may be able to help them.
A spokesman for Coastal Housing group said: ‘Coastal takes an active role in addressing the issue of homelessness in Swansea and works with a number of supported housing providers dedicated to bringing an end to homelessness in the city.
‘In this case however, following an attempted break-in and reports of anti-social behaviour outside the property, we took the decision to install gates for security and safety at the retail unit on High Street.’
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