Burnbank Homeless Unit Opens

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With its adaptations complete and after authorisation by the Care Inspectorate, Burnbank House accepted its first homeless men as residents on Monday 1st December. The unit has new external lighting and six close circuit cameras to monitor perimeter activity.

Salvation Army staff are on site 24/7 and have confirmed that the facility is ‘dry’, which means that no alcohol is permitted to be brought into or consumed on the premises. Resident numbers will be limited to 25 for at least three months while equipment and procedures are run in. The maximum number of homeless men who will be accommodated remains at forty.

Your Community Council with local residents groups and Police Scotland are interested in any anti-social or petty criminal activity which may now occur locally because of this unit’s residents or (which is more likely) because of their associates. Woodside householders and businesses are asked to be diligent in reporting any such incidents.

Although it has not been possible to prevent the establishment of this facility, Glasgow Social Work Services again confirmed that this unit is a temporary solution for no more than thirty months. Your Community Council is now working with local City Councillors to ensure that when the new build unit in  Rodney Street takes over a ‘sensitive sale’ of Burnbank House for use as housing will take place.