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Closer look at the court proposal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

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THE effort to launch the 'Safe Space' at Burton county court would require significant investment.

It would cost in the region of £425,000 to buy the freehold.

An extra £40,000 needs to be made available so two specialist members of staff can be hired on six-month contracts.

The yearly rates for the building are £36,250 but, at present, energy bills and legal costs have not been calculated.

The cost of a bed will be £1,200 per night, so a 72-hour stay will cost a total of £3,600 per client per stay.

It is hoped to provide 14 beds, therefore it will cost £5,980,800 per year to run.

The site will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Beds will be available to people in Staffordshire.

All staffing costs will be met from this income.

Funding to buy the building and pay for costs would be sought from a range of areas including councils, police and the NHS.

Staffing needs would be in line with current legislation for the number of beds, hours, shift patterns and care given.

There will be one nurse manager. The plans also feature the possible creation of a cafe on site.

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  • mattlong  |  August 09 2014, 12:12PM

    As one of a team of Safe Space campaigners I feel its time to make a number of points of fact clear. 1. I was surprised to see my own photo next to this story in yesterday's Mail. I had no input into the article and no knowledge of its publication until someone rang me to thank me for my apparently good work for the town. Whilst I would have liked to have taken the credit I was honest enough to say that this specific proposal had NOT come from me. 2. I am aware who is behind the proposal and have spoken to them and am willing to try and work with them. This being said when details of costings and specifics of the above are being released to the press then this person needs to be honest about who they are and what their agenda is. The above costings are not attributable to the person who proposed them and therefore are not evidenced. 3. Whilst delighted the Mail is covering this story and looking at Safe Space options rather than bemoaning the loss of the Stanhope I do feel its in the best interests of all if the person behind the proposal revealed who they were and what their agenda is. This lack of transparency cannot be healthy and may lead to problems amongst campaigners who are wanting to continue a collegiate and inclusive spirit of working together.

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  • dottykat  |  August 09 2014, 1:13AM

    I don't think the building facade leads itself to being a 'safe space' for anyone as it does have the look of an old fashioned assylum. I totally agree that Burton needs somewhere for this purpose but the costs would be horrendous and if ESBC and SCC are withdrawing funding from such organisations as the YMCA then I really can't see them helping with this. As a shared venture with perhaps a safe area on the upper floors and a volunteer run museum on the ground floor. It was said that free rental had been offered for start up businesses but I don't think that was particularly well publicised as I'm sure there would have been some takers/interest shown.