Windsor Council leader Simon Dudley has revealed this week his opinions surrounding the homeless in Windsor, as he calls for them to be removed from the streets in time for the royal wedding.
Dudley’s comments have understandably cased an uproar from the local homeless people of Windsor, who answered Dudley’s demands by stating that they were not responsible for being homeless.
Simon Dudley claims that homeless people are a disturbance, he also labels them as a nuisance, revealing how tourists are routinely marched to cash machines under knife point by the homeless residents.
Dudley has also expressed his distaste at homeless people begging, calling it an inappropriate occurrence in the town in which the royal couple Harry Prince of Wales and Megan Markle will be getting married in.
The conservative council leader then went on to call the rubbish left by the homeless a ‘security risk‘ for the wedding.
Today, members of the Windsor local community have fought back against the council leader, labelling his remarks as both insensitive and callous towards the homeless, whilst charities have remarked on the disappointing and abhorrent nature of Dudley’s statement.
After a statement made today, even the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has expressed her severe disappointment at Simon’s comments, clearly stating that she does categorically not agree with the council leader’s comments.
Homeless people themselves have also issued statements directed towards the council leader, urging him to come onto the streets and actually talk to the homeless, that way he can experience what it is really like to live on the streets, even in a relatively safe and small town such as Windsor.
Thames Valley Police have claimed this week that there have been no reported instances of homeless people marching residents to cash points for money, whilst also stressing that they are working closely with the homeless to help them in any way that they can.
Murphy James, the manager of the Homeless Windsor Project has stated this week that the statements from councillor Dudley speaks of the commercial side of homelessness, stating that ‘It shows he hasn’t got a clue. He has quite obviously never walked even an inch in their shoes.’
Murphy then goes on to comment that homeless people on the street are there not out of choice, but because something has gone fundamentally wrong in their life, that they have had a rough ride of life, and that no one, surely, deserves to be talked about as if they were simply trash lying in the way of the royal couple’s carriage.
Homeless charity Shelter have also commented on the controversy surrounding Dudley’s statements, clearly stating that ‘stigmatising or punishing (rough sleepers) is totally counterproductive’, clearly evidencing that homeless people do not need abusive comments, but help.