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Time is up Brian, no more camping outside our school.

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As we all know, 

A homeless man turned his nose up at £1,300 in donations and free offers of accommodation because he would have to abandon his cat. 

Brian Simmonds, 56, snubbed a kind-hearted campaign launched by mother-of-two Chloe-May Mouland to get him a place to live - despite sleeping rough on grassland outside a Midhurst school. 

He had sparked an outpouring of generosity after he was spotted living in a makeshift camp in woodland by the side of a main road with his beloved cat Lily.

An online plea made by Ms Mouland, 23, touched people's hearts and soon over £1,000 was raised in a desperate effort to get him a home before Christmas.

She spent weeks searching for a suitable property for the rough sleeper, receiving a number of offers of accommodation from letting agents, the council and even private landlords offering to put him up for free.

But Mr Simmonds, a former electrician, refused to live anywhere that wasn't a one bed, ground floor, pet friendly flat in Midhurst, West Sussex

He even turned his nose up a top floor flat with the same specification because he couldn't let Lily out of the window to play.

Ms Mouland, from Chichester in West Sussex, has now been forced to offer people their donations back - and will be giving any excess to homeless charity Stone Pillow.

She said: 'Unfortunately he only wanted a one bed ground floor flat with some sort of garden, which also accepted animals, and would be within his housing benefit budget - these houses are very rare.

'He didn't seem to want to help himself, and there are only so many days you can spend trying to convince someone to accept a house before it is rented out.

'I feel the only person who can help Brian is Brian himself.'

The rough sleeper has also been offered two homes by Chichester District Council but turned them down because there was no bank nearby - and claims his resilience has become a campaign against the system.

Brian originally started his time camped next to the Midhurst rother college academy school in a small discreet red tent, this has since grown to a large covered sleeping and recreational area with seating and many items hanging from the trees around him. This is a very obvious eye sore now to anyone entering the town. 

He is constantly a topic of debate over his recent public drinking and un acceptable verbal communication to the opposite sex, social gatherings by his tent with the youth of the town and persistent begging from local shops and restaurants. 

The time has now come for Brian to accept help and build a new life away from the entrance of a influential academy school. 

 

The aim of this petition is to draw attention  to the local authority and Lord Cowdray, that the town people have had enough and wish Brian all the best but enough is enough and he needs to go. 



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