TENT CITY LATEST: Park Hill residents divide continues as group announce support for homeless camp

Park Hill residents have announced their support for a camp for homeless people outside the old Park Hill flats after another group of residents described the camp as a 'nightmare'.

Friday, 4th November 2016, 3:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:01 pm
Tent City on the site of the undeveloped section of Park Hill flats

Twenty people have put their names forward to show support for the cluster of tents giving shelter to homeless people at Park Hill that has been growing for the last two weeks.

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Anti-'Tent City' Park Hill campaigners have said the camp's organiser should not interfere with the services already in place for homeless people in the city.

But Park Hill residents from the support group have collected food, clothing, bedding and toiletries for the people in Tent City as well as visiting the tents.

Rosie Huzzard, one of the group's organisers, said: “What’s been amazing this week is that Tent City has really brought the residents of Park Hill together for a common purpose – I’ve met loads of my neighbours who I’d never even spoken to before. It’s certainly a force for good."

Tent City organiser Anthony Cunningham sorts through food supplies

Rachel Sharp added: "The project seems to be run by a person who has a full understanding and knowledge of the issues surrounding homelessness and also takes consideration of the wider community outside of Tent City.

"Homelessness is something which could affect anyone, at any time and in any circumstances. This is why I offer my support," she said.

The anti-camp residents, who asked to remain anonymous, claim that antisocial behaviour has risen since the camp was launched- whilst the residents in support of the camp say this is untrue.