Rough sleepers are back on streets of Milton Keynes after their hotel stay ends in fiasco

A  group of homeless people are sleeping on the streets of Central Milton Keynes after they were evicted for bad behaviour from a hotel paid for by the council.
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Sources say the guests were injecting drugs on the corridors for the four star Delta Hotel on Kents Hill and breaking social distancing rules, with one man jumping out of a window and another absconding.

MK Council had placed the small group of rough sleepers at the hotel and was in the process of striking a six figure sum deal for to use an unlimited amount of rooms for homeless people over the next few weeks.

But before the deal was finalised, the people had to be moved out.

The homeless guests had to leave the hotel on WednesdayThe homeless guests had to leave the hotel on Wednesday
The homeless guests had to leave the hotel on Wednesday

"A few guest were not behaving. They were jacking up in a corridor . One jumped out of a window after bad behaviour and another ran away. They just can't do as they want - particularly in these times," a council source told the Citizen.

He added: "They broke their behaviour contract with the hotel."

MK Council, like all local authorities, was ordered by the government on March 26 to urgently procure accommodation for rough sleepers due to the coronavirus risk. This had to be self contained accommodation during the lockdown period, which meant most hostels and shelters were not suitable.

There is a key group of 31 people in MK who were sleeping rough and some had previously refused help from the council. Many have mental health, drug and/or alcohol problems.

The deal with the Delta hotel fell throughThe deal with the Delta hotel fell through
The deal with the Delta hotel fell through

Council leader Pete Marland said:. "Since March 26 then we have been trying to find appropriate accommodation. We have had hotel offers withdrawn and other partners have been unable to help."

But this week the council reached agreement with a "budget hotel chain", believed to be the Travelodge, and will be using their city centre hotel from Monday.

"The service area is working up a plan for in-reach support and food. Other more regular placements have been made over the last week into other hotels and temporary accommodation," said Pete.

Meanwhile, one rough sleeper called Billy was not happy.

He told the Citizen:."We moved into the Delta on Monday morning, and were evicted Wednesday morning,, all of us. We weren’t acting up."

It is not known what support was put in place by the council for the hotel to cope with the guests.

Billy said he was one of 10 homeless people currently sleeping rough at the city centre.

"I haven't got a tent. I haven't got a blanket. I don't know where I'm going to sleep," he said.