COVID-19: temporary cabins to prevent homelessness

Temporary cabins will be used as emergency accommodation to stop people from becoming homeless during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nine cabins will be set up at the former Plas Penlan site near Llangefni as part of measures set out by the Welsh Government.

Anglesey Council say there’s been a ‘significant’ increase in the number of island residents requiring emergency housing since the outbreak began.

Ned Michael, the council’s head of housing services said: ”This time last year, we had 13 individuals in emergency accommodation, last week we had 31 individuals in need of emergency accommodation.”

”That shows the increase in demand for emergency accommodation we have experienced since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. These cabins will therefore enable us to protect vulnerable residents in our community.”

The council says the site was chosen because it already has water, electricity and other services available. Temporary planning guidelines mean the cabins will be allowed to remain for up to a year.

Residents within 100 metres of the site have been sent letters explaining what is happening in the area.

Councillor Alun Mummery, the executive member for housing, added: ”We understand that being told of temporary developments like this at short notice might cause concern for residents but it must be emphasised that this is a temporary measure.”

”Housing officers are currently working under very difficult conditions and providing this emergency accommodation is a requirement. The cabins at Plas Penlan will increase the emergency accommodation available for vulnerable individuals.”

When ministers make any changes to social distancing measures, the council will look towards moving people who are staying in the cabins as soon as possible.

It’s hoped the cabins will remain for less than a year and that temporary residents will eventually be able to get a permanent home to return to their main housing.

A council spokesperson said the site would be secured by CCTV and housing officers will support anyone living at the cabins by visiting them more than once a day. They’ll also ensure residents understand the social distancing guidelines before they move in.

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