Residents angry about metal 'homeless spikes' erected outside city centre building respond i
Residents angered after brutal metal ‘homeless spikes’ were erected outside a city centre building have responded by covering the area with cushions and pillows.
Politicians and campaigners hit out this week after it was revealed how spikes had been installed in a sheltered area outside Pall Mall Court in Manchester in an apparent bid to deter rough sleepers.
Jennie Platt and some of her friends visited the site on Marsden Street, just off King Street, on Sunday to take a stand.
Caring Jennie, an estate agent, said she was angered after reading the Manchester Evening News story and decided to do something about it.
Her sons Sam, 11, and George, 10, headed down to the site and bought a range of cushions and pillows to cover the area filled with spikes.
They also bought sandwiches and other snacks, with a message on a piece of cardboard reading: ‘Take a seat and have a bite to eat’.
The cushions and pillows have been left there, and the group said homeless people they saw were going to return later tonight.
Jennie explained: “I saw the story on the M.E.N. website and it really angered me.
“I thought it was really mean and a Scroogey thing to do, it is really unnecessary.
“It’s a spot where people can keep warm and sheltered, people don’t need to be that mean.
“A few people were watching us and wondering what the heck we were doing, but there was quite a few homeless people who saw it and said they were going to come back there later.
“It’s not doing anyone any harm them being there.”
City centre spokesman Pat Karney has spoken out in criticism, saying spikes were ‘not the answer’ to rough sleeping.
He has vowed to meet with the owners of the building to discuss the issue.
A spokesman for GVA, which manages the building, declined to comment when approached on Friday.
Pall Mall Medical told the M.E.N. it only rents part of the building, and added a further statement on its Twitter account.
The firm said: “We officially would say we have had zero involvement in the spikes. This decision was made fully without our consent or involvement.”
It added: “We no longer occupy the building next to spikes & sadly have no control on that area. There are 15+ companies in that building.”
The installation of the spikes was condemned by city centre spokesman Pat Karney, who said they were ‘demeaning’.
Figures released this week show that rough sleeping is on the increase across Greater Manchester.
Across Manchester, there are 78 people classed as rough sleepers in 2016, an increase from 70 the previous year.
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