NME Festival blog: 11,000 people back Russell Brand’s petition for alternative Royal Wedding present
Over 11,000 people have backed Russell Brand’s plans to provide Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a wedding gift that will act as a huge boost for the homeless community.
The comedian wants a new homeless shelter to be established in Slough after Windsor Council leader Simon Dudley controversially claimed that homeless people in Windsor should be removed from the streets ahead of the Royal Wedding in May.
Brand is calling on Slough Council to agree to a “change of use” for a building in the town, so that it can be subsequently converted into a new shelter run by homeless charity Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC).
“Many of the rough sleepers swept out of Windsor as result of Councillor Simon Dudley’s proposed economic cleanse in preparation of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle will need SHOC and other local facilities to care for them”, Brand wrote on the Change.org petition page.
“As a wedding present for Harry and Meghan and as a rebuke to the low frequency conduct of Councillor Dudley and any who would further victimise the vulnerable, we are asking that Slough Council agree to a ‘change of use’ for a building in the town that will enable SHOC to have a new home.
“It will cost them nothing but the ink in the pen to commit to a ‘change of use’ for this building – you know how easy it is to do that – councils have to do it every time they turn a local shop into a supermarket chain express store.”
Describing the initiative, Brand added: “This is the perfect way to ensure that love and community trump selfishness and profit as well as being the perfect wedding present for a cool couple. Let’s face it, what else can we give them? They must have enough toasters.”
At the time of writing, the petition has been signed by 11,000 people.
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