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Letter: Could Shipping Containers Provide Some Winter Shelter?

Published on: 30 Jan, 2017
Updated on: 31 Jan, 2017

Container shelters at Calais, used by refugees

From Eddie Ward

Would there be any mileage, in letting homeless people have the use of an old shipping container during the winter time?

They could house quite a few people in relative safety, and could be accessible, shall we say from 8pm to 8am.

Just being in the warm is the main thing.

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Responses to Letter: Could Shipping Containers Provide Some Winter Shelter?

  1. Martin Elliott Reply

    January 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    There are 30 with power and water in the centre of Guildford vacant for a couple of months courtesy of GBC.

  2. Jim Allen Reply

    January 30, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    You can see them all the time converted to homes along the Alaskan (Dalton) Highway. The Workers Hotel at the Yukon river bridge is made of them – though they do suffer from condensation in the winter. Though at minus 20 its hardly surprising.

  3. Dave Middleton Reply

    January 31, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Having had to sleep in a shipping container some years ago, I can say with certainty that warm is one thing they definitly are not. They’d need to be insulated and equipped with heating to be habitable.

  4. Gina Redpath Reply

    January 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Is Eddie Ward suggesting turning the hitherto deserted pop up village into a pop up village only this time with real footfall?

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