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Hostel for former servicemen opens in Egremont

The hostel has now opened. Credit: ITV Border
The hostel has now opened. Credit: ITV Border

A hostel for former military personnel has opened in Egremont.

The 11-bed hostel is at the site of the former police station on Main Street.

After local opposition to the plans Copeland Council said all prospective residents would be vetted, and the hostel has now opened.

Homeless hostel opens in former Egremont Police station

A new homeless hostel in Egremont will open today Credit: PA

A controversial homeless hostel in west Cumbria officially opens today. The former police station in Egremont has been converted into an eleven-bed house with priority given to former military personnel.

While there's support in the town for the development concerns have been raised about security and suitability of the location.

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Mixed response to Egremont hostel

Councillor Elaine Woodburn, Leader of Copeland Borough Council, has assured people in Egremont that residents in a new hostel for former service personnel will be vetted.

But responses to the news that the hostel has got the go ahead have been mixed:

Homeless hostel in Egremont gets go ahead

The hostel will be in the former police station on Main Street. Credit: ITV Border

The old police station in Egremont will be replaced by a hostel for former military personnel who are homeless.

It'll be converted to an 11-bed home, after planners at Copeland Borough Council gave the plans the thumbs up at a meeting on 21 January.

All prospective tenants will be vetted, before being given a place at the hostel.

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The council has urged Cumbrians to support a new emergency service for homeless 16-25 year olds.

The scheme, which has been successful in other parts of the country, asks approved volunteers to open up their spare rooms to homeless young people.

Watch Tim Backshall's report below:

For more information, you can visit the Cumbrian Nightstop website here, or the national Depaul UK website here.

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