Dad-of-four is living in a tent on St Leonards beach

A carer has been living in a tent on St Leonards beach for more than eight months.

Adam Beeney, 36, was a full-time carer for his friend at his flat in Caves Road for five years before he died last December.

Adam Beeney and his tent on Bulverhythe beach. SUS-151014-141906001

Adam Beeney and his tent on Bulverhythe beach. SUS-151014-141906001

He and his beloved dog, Sabre, then found themselves homeless after the landlord decided he wanted to sell the property.

Adam, a father-of-four, said: “I’ve done everything in my power to try and find accommodation but got nowhere. I’ve been to every estate agent in town, the council, looked through the newspapers and Friday Ad, and my mum has offered to act as guarantor for me so I can pay deposits. There are no one-bedroom flats that’ll accept pets.

“There is no way in the world I would give up Sabre, as I rescued her 10 years ago. She is part of my family.

“I’ve lived in Hastings for 33 years and never been in a situation like this before. I can’t even see my children as I’ve no accommodation for them to stay in.I was seeing them every week.

Adam Beeney and his tent on Bulverhythe beach

Adam Beeney and his tent on Bulverhythe beach

“Now it’s every three months or so, whenever I can get someone to look after my tent and its contents, as my children live in Eastbourne. My ex-partner is also disgusted over the way I’ve been treated.”

Adam is a registered carer and receives carers’ allowance and income support. He looks after a disabled friend who lives in Marina, St Leonards. He says he can’t find a flat because he is on benefits.

Councillor Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for housing and communities, said: “Hastings Borough Council invests significant resources to address rough sleeping in the borough and we are aware that this is an increasing issue locally and nationally.

“It’s not appropriate for us to comment on individual cases but we do urge anyone experiencing accommodation difficulties to contact us.”

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