To the Kent Messenger:
Making criminals of the most vulnerable people in our town is one of
the most appaling ideas Maidstone Borough Council has ever had. The
use of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) against rough sleepers
is as immoral as it is pointless.
Homeless people need support to get off the streets, support that
will often include help with other issues rather than just finding a
place to live. Criminalising them through a PSPO is the opposite of
help and support in my book.
The council has failed homeless people whose numbers have risen
drastically over the past 5 years in Maidstone. There are now seven
times more homeless people in Maidstone than there were in 2010.
The council needs to focus its energy on providing shelter and
support for homeless people rather than criminalising them.
Maidstone Green Party