Wiltshire Council has triggered its severe weather emergency plan for rough sleepers.

The council has bed spaces available at all three sites in Salisbury, Trowbridge and Chippenham.

There are 24 severe weather emergency provision spaces available and 10 of those are at Alabare Place in Salisbury.

Richard Clewer, cabinet member for housing said: “No one should be sleeping rough during these cold temperatures and anyone who needs a bed and doesn’t have their own accommodation will be found a place to stay.

“Fortunately the funding from the Rough Sleepers Initiative means we have been able to provide additional beds across the county and I’m pleased there are still a number of spaces available.”

If you see someone sleeping rough this week direct them to Bourne Hill or call 01722 434233, or if it is after 5.30pm call the council’s emergency team on 0300 456 0100.

In 2018 the council successfully bid for funds from the national Rough Sleepers Initiative and was granted £312,245 for 2018/19 and £305,491 for 2019/2.

The money was used to:

• Recruit a Rough Sleeper team with five outreach workers, one of whom has a mental health specialism, and a rough sleeper prevention officer

• Provide an eight- bed winter accommodation in Trowbridge which includes overnight support

• Offer six high level support bed spaces for long-term rough sleepers with complex needs

• Provide 10 beds at Alabare Place, Salisbury, and 10 winter spaces at Unity House in Chippenham, and eight severe weather provision places

• Fund 15 private lets for rough sleepers and £10,000 for personal budget requests to help unlock barriers in securing accommodation