Rough sleeper count to take place in Richmondshire

An estimate of the number of rough sleepers in Richmondshire will take place next week.

All local authorities need to submit an annual figure to central government indicating the numbers of people sleeping rough in their area on a single typical night.

Local authorities can decide whether to submit an estimate or carry out a count.

Due to the rural nature, geographical size of the district and the heavy involvement required by partner organisations the decision was made to submit an estimate for Richmondshire.

The district council will complete the estimate on Tuesday, October 29 between 12am and 7am.

Council officers are asking everyone within the local community to let them know of any rough sleepers in the area.

For the purposes of this estimate a rough sleeper is classed as: people sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air – such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments.

Also people in buildings or other places not designed for habitation – such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats and stations should be counted.

Contact the Housing Options Team at Richmondshire District council by Friday, November 1 on 01748 901150 or email