27/01/2017 South East Today


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People sleeping rough in Brighton could soon be offered the chance

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to stay in empty council buildings during freezing weather

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It comes as new figures show the city has had the highest

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increase in rough sleeping in the country.

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And in an almost one in 50, the steepest increase in the country.

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The number of people has doubled to almost 150, the steepest increase in

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the country. Bedding down and covering up

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against the biting January air. Claiming a space in the city

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is tough - such is the demand that those sleeping rough

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here daren't even move their belongings, but many say

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more temporary shelters Temporary solutions are not

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necessarily the way forward because it doesn't help the individual

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to move forward. In order to establish any kind

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of grounds for a future, you have to have a stable base, you

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know, and some sense of security. Proposed by the Green Group,

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councillors voted unanimously last night

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to explore the use of empty council buildings

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for homeless shelters. A similar scheme's been rolled out

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in Manchester this winter using a former library

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and children's home In Brighton, no building has yet

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been earmarked for the scheme but the council says

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it is open to options. We don't have as a council

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lots of vacant buildings, we're obviously going to be putting them

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to immediate use for housing, etc. If there's a possibility that there

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might be commercial buildings out there that, you never know,

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voluntary and charities would be able to work with that commercial

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provider and open up so we're Those who spent years

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on the streets though say safety in any

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new shelter is vital. I tended to avoid them having been

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in a few times - they were noisy, violent, really rather

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unpleasant, such that actually even the horrors of sleeping rough

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were better than some They need to be very

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closely supervised. Something the council says it

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acknowledges and also says that with new funding from the Government,

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it will bring the number of Little comfort, though, for those

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making their bed here tonight. Meanwhile concerns about the plight

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of rough sleepers have also been raised in Medway

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following the deaths The Labour group, supported by local

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charities, had suggested opening council shelters as soon

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as the temperature drops to freezing, but this was rejected

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by a majority vote last night. There is an emergency

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refuge which is manned They open up whenever

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the temperature is 0 degrees, but as you can feel it

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tonight, the temperature is allegedly three degrees but with

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the wind chill it's freezing. The leader of Kent's County Council

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says, "The Government needs to get its cheque-book out"

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as the cost of looking after asylum seeking children after the age of 18

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is set to effectively double next year, leading to a ?4

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million deficit. Paul Carter says Kent is already

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facing a ?2 million shortfall after looking after unaccompanied asylum

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seeking children. I've suggested that they vow a bit

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of the foreign aid budget. After all, we are supporting people

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taking refuge in this country Therefore it shouldn't

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fall on the ratepayers, The Home Office should be

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reimbursing us in full, and that's what we expect

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them to do. A ?6 billion plan to build a second

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rail line linking the Sussex coast to London will be pitched

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to the the Transport Secretary The Brighton Main Line 2 proposals

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would include restoring an old line between Hever and

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Uckfield, building 20km of new track around

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Lewes and running trains in to Canary Wharf in

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London through a tunnel. Plans for two huge communications

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masts, one taller than the Shard in London, have been rejected

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by Dover councillors. Two separate companies wanted

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to build them in Richborough to speed up international

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high-frequency financial trading. But the council said

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they would have been an eyesore Turner Prize winning artist

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Keith Tyson has brought a huge display to Sussex -

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both in terms of the size of the artworks,

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and their sheer numbers. Called Turn Back Now, it features

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twenty years of what he calls studio wall drawings,

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inspired by events and happenings. Robin Gibson met him

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at the Jerwood Gallery He's an enigmatic figure - happy

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to talk about his work, his life and The Jerwood Show

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is almost a scrapbook So drawn to this one

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because, you know, you've taken on JMW Turner and all sorts

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of different styles. Yeah, in there we've got Turner,

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personal painting, a Lego thing from my child and this is the boat

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in the background of The Simpsons. But this was to do with

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the idea of a naval battle He left school at 15 to go

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to work in his native Cumbria, where the idea

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of a life in art I was in the shipyard for five

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years, I wasn't very happy there and I always wanted to go

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to art college but I was a working-class guy and they said, no,

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you go and learn a trade, so I became a fitter and turner, tried

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out nuclear submarines and then I I didn't know I wanted

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to be an artist, I just It was a right turn -

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he's had critical acclaim, Just look at all of this, every

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square inch of wall space covered - the Jerwood has never seen anything

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quite like it. You get the real impression

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of an artist who is truly prolific. Keith is someone that we have

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wanted to work with since before the gallery opened -

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he's been on our radar. Sussex-based artist, he won

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the Turner prize in 2002 and has had sort of international fame

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and exhibitions around Yes, with a home in the Sussex Downs

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near Brighton, we can An extraordinary show by an artist

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for whom working is breathing - Take your time -

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there's a lot to see. Now let's look at the weather

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for the weekend in the South East Rachel, it's turning

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milder, but wetter. That's right, yes. It will be less

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cold but we lose the sunshine, it is wet at times and also very windy. Of

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course there will be an icy start, lots of clothes during the

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afternoon. Look at these temperatures, overnight lows of six

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or 7 degrees, very mild as we start the weekend. Very mild through the

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day. For Saturday, a good deal of cloud, rain at times, highs of eight

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or 9 degrees, very wet into Sunday. This is

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