William Eichler 15 February 2018

Windsor withdraw’s rough sleeping paper after royal wedding controversy

Windsor withdraw’s rough sleeping paper after royal wedding controversy

Windsor and Maidenhead have decided to withdraw a paper detailing its plans to tackle rough sleeping and anti-social behaviour saying it needed ‘further work’.

The Royal Borough said they were withdrawing the plans — titled ‘rough sleepers support and anti-social behaviour strategy’ — from February cabinet and instead would publish two papers in March dealing with each issue separately.

‘The further work will result in two papers to March cabinet to ensure there is no conflation of the council’s separate objectives of supporting rough sleepers and refreshing the approach to tackling anti-social behaviour,’ said a statement.

The council became embroiled in controversy when its leader published an open letter at the beginning of the year calling on the police to 'crack down' on begging ahead of the royal wedding.

Cllr Simon Dudley survived a vote of no confidence at the end of January which accused him with bringing the council into ‘disrepute’ with his letter, which confused homelessness, begging and anti-social behaviour.

For more on this issue read our feature, ‘Passing the buck.

 
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