DETAILS have been revealed for a new homeless shelter in Leamington.
The LWS Night Shelter – formally known as Leamington Winter Support – operates from The Priors Club in Tower Street, but the former social club is set to be demolished.
The service is now hoping to relocate nearby to the former Old Italian Club in Packington Place off High Street, and council chiefs are supporting the move.
Warwick District Council has applied for permission to demolish an aging extension to the front of the house while building a two storey extension to the side, across four parking spaces on the car park it is built on.
The application includes plans to create a dormitory style room, a kitchen and communal dining area.
Councillors say the plan is part of an ‘ongoing commitment’ to tackle the issue of rough sleeping across the district. It follows the opening of a 22 bed hostel at William Wallsgrove House earlier this year.
Spokesman for housing coun Peter Phillips said: “This builds on Warwick District Council’s work in not only finding LWS a new home, but also enabling a wider range of support services as part of our response to help those who are sleeping rough or are homeless.”
If the application is successful the council says it will give the shelter £50,000 towards refurbishment and demolition costs.
The shelter team has been crowdfunding to raise the additional £60,000 necessary to relocate and keep the service running from a permanent home.