Cold-weather shelter is ready

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AN EXPANDED cold-weather shelter in Bognor Regis is ready to open.

Glenlogie, in Clarence Road, has been made available for use in severe weather since last Saturday after it received a makeover.

It will again open to provide a temporary refuge for those who are homeless when the temperature is forecast to drop below freezing for three nights in a row,

Extra space means it can now take more individuals than the 20 maximum of previous years.

Operated by the charity Stonepillow, the shelter will provide overnight accommodation and a hot meal for anyone over 18 sleeping rough in the area.

The building is owned by Arun District Council. Its cabinet member for housing, Cllr Roger Elkins, said: “This shelter will provide much-needed support to vulnerable people through the harshest weather and will, hopefully, help them get back on their feet for 2013.”

Stuart Gibbons, from Stonepillow, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the district council again on this project.

“As a charity working with the most vulnerable in our community, it’s so important to provide a good quality shelter to prevent serious harm or even death from severe weather.”

Arun has provided Glenlogie as a shelter under the government’s severe weather emergency protocol programme for the past two years.

This winter will see the basement being used for the first time. The area has been spruced up by the council’s maintenance contractor, Mears.

Michael Parris, from the company, said the importance of the scheme meant weekend work was carried out to ensure it was finished in time.