April 2, 2019 4.38 pm This story is over 39 months old

Council removes homeless barricade under bridge

The majority of individuals are now getting support

The city council has removed fencing blocking off an area previously used by rough sleepers as they say there is no longer any cause for concern.

As previously reported, a more permanent fence was installed to block off an area often used as a homeless camp in Lincoln.

The City of Lincoln Council cleared out and blocked off the stairs under the Wigford Way bridge to deter rough sleepers and anti social behaviour.

Blankets, sleeping bags and other belongings were cleaned out from the area.

Fencing has been put up to block the area off. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

The intervention team also visited the site and attempted to engage with the people based there before it was closed off.

The council has since removed the fencing saying the majority of individuals using the area are now getting support and rehabilitation. The council will continue to monitor the area.

People were often spotted sleeping rough under the stairs. Photo: Tracie Aveling

Director of Communities and Environment at City of Lincoln Council Simon Walters said: “The safety of people in the centre of Lincoln is a priority for the city council.

“When we installed the fencing around the Wigford Way steps it was intended to be a temporary solution to antisocial behaviour in that part of the city.

The city council said there is no longer any cause for concern. Photo: Joseph Verney for The Lincolnite

“We are pleased to say that the majority of individuals who used the area are now engaging in support and rehabilitation.

“As they do not currently cause us concern we have decided to remove the fencing and monitor the area.

“We would like to reassure people that will take swift action against any future instances of antisocial behaviour.”