Thermal imagery will tackle Slough’s “Beds in Sheds” problem

From the Slough Express:

Aerial thermal imagery cameras could be used to identify ‘beds in sheds’ in Slough. Slough Borough Council has been invited to pilot a new ‘excess cold assessment tool’ from early December and an ‘Aerial Thermal Imagery Service’ has also been requested.

These would be used to help identify ‘Slough Sheds’ and provide ‘evidence of poor building insulation and excess cold’.

The issue will be considered at a scrutiny meeting on Thursday at The Centre in Farnham Road.

The meeting will also discuss a report on the council’s housing service.

It says the cost of providing temporary accommodation for homeless households in Slough is spiraling as London Borough’s move people to the town.

Last year SBC spent about £31,000 providing the temporary accommodation but this year expenditure has already reached £130,000 and could reach £300,000 by the end of the year.

The increase in costs can be attributed to the increasing demand for accommodation in the Slough area by London Boroughs, who still see rent levels as comparatively low compared to their own.

This drives up demand in Slough with landlords responding by raising their prices, with bed and breakfast charges going up from £30 to nearer £50 per night.

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