Councillors provide cash support for new night shelter plan

PUBLISHED: 10:41 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 August 2018

Hertfordshire county councillors L-R: Nigel Quinton (LD), Susie Gordon (C), Paul Zukowskyj (LD), Margaret Eames-Petersen (L), Barbara Gibson (LD), Lynn Chesterman (L), Richard Smith (C), and Stephen Boulton (C). Picture: supplied

Hertfordshire county councillors L-R: Nigel Quinton (LD), Susie Gordon (C), Paul Zukowskyj (LD), Margaret Eames-Petersen (L), Barbara Gibson (LD), Lynn Chesterman (L), Richard Smith (C), and Stephen Boulton (C). Picture: supplied

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All eight county councillors representing Welwyn Hatfield have joined forces to support a new year-round night shelter.

An ongoing plan to provide a night shelter for vulnerable rough sleepers has received a cross-party boost from the councillors’ locality budgets.

County councillors Stephen Boulton (Conservative), Lynn Chesterman (Labour), Margaret Eames-Petersen (Labour), Barbara Gibson (Liberal Democrat), Susie Gordon (Conservative), Nigel Quinton (Liberal Democrat), Richard Smith (Conservative), and Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrat), have committed £9,450 to help the community partnership project.

Since the closing of Hatfield Night Shelter, a temporary project which provided shelter to rough sleepers at St Luke’s Church over the winter of 2017-2018, there have been calls to organise a more permanent facility.

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In a joint statement today (August 3), the councillors said: “This is an example of the very best of a community coming together to take care of our most vulnerable residents, setting aside politics or other differences, and doing what we can.

“As county councillors, we are pleased to have collectively donated £9,450 to help get the project off the ground, but it will also need the support of many others, including Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, local businesses, donors, volunteers and individual residents.

“We hope our cooperative group effort will encourage others to do what they can.”

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