Council steps up rough sleeper patrols after George Hotel closure

Rough sleeper patrols are being stepped up this weekend - after the sudden closure of a hotel. Residents had reported guests who had been kicked out of The George Hotel bedding down for the night in Burslem town centre.

It comes as Stoke-on-Trent City Council's rough sleeper outreach team is increasing patrols this weekend. The Swan Square hotel closed on Thursday.

A council spokesman said: "A small number of people placed in the hotel by Stoke-on-Trent City Council have all been offered alternative accommodation and we are aware that is also the case for those placed by other agencies.

“Our rough sleeper outreach team visited Burslem and has found no evidence of anyone sleeping rough as a result of The George Hotel closing. We continue to liaise with, and are working closely with, partner agencies to ensure those who need assistance are receiving it. Our rough sleeper outreach team will also be increasing patrols in the area over the weekend."

The hotel has a 2.5-out-of-five TripAdvisor rating - with more than 130 guests leaving one-star reviews.

The Swan Square hotel was put up for auction with a guide price of £1.4 million in 2022. It has 42 en-suite bedrooms, a 65-cover restaurant, a 120-seat lounge bar, three function rooms, and a flat with four bedrooms. There is also parking for 20 vehicles.

Anyone with any concerns about a rough sleeper can call the outreach team on 0800 970 2304.

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