The worsening situation for rough sleepers in Eastbourne has become far more obvious in recent times.
In February, the Eastbourne Herald reported that the number of rough sleepers has quadrupled in the past two years. It is not due to the proximity to Brighton, as claimed by a spokesperson from Eastbourne Borough Council. Rather it is due to the absence of emergency accommodation in the town.
In the freezing weather an emergency shelter was opened to preserve life. While this is to be welcomed, it is the bare minimum. An affluent town like Eastbourne should make sure that there is no reason for anyone to sleep on the streets. It is not good for the reputation of the town and it is certainly not good for those sleeping on the streets.
A national spotlight was shone on Eastbourne recently when BBC News ran an item about the fear that homeless people have about sleeping rough.
Government figures show that Eastbourne now has the ninth highest rate of rough sleeping in the country.
Rough sleeping is fast becoming the shame of Eastbourne.