Homeless supporters struggle to find home
THE homeless and hungry in Tunbridge Wells could be left without a refuge at the end of the month, after plans for a new home fell through.
The Soup Bowl, in Crescent Road, faces eviction by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council at the end of the month, but is having trouble finding a new home.
The refuge, which supplies food and warmth to those in need, has applied to stay at its current location for another month and is awaiting a council response after a move to the Three Ways Cafe, in the Silverdale area, fell through.
Volunteers are now looking at other locations, such as the Salvation Army site in Bayhall Road, opposite the Royal Oak pub, and a site in Tunnel Road.
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The borough council initially served an eviction notice to the 40 volunteers and 20 visitors to move out by March 31, but it was extended until the end of June, after a crunch meeting between Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark, the then borough council leader Bob Atwood, Soup Bowl deputy manager Tess Negri, the Bishop of Rochester and a number of clergymen.
The eviction notice was served at the start of February after a string of reported disturbances, combined with residents' complaints about groups gathering outside to smoke.