Homeless man builds ‘hotel’ room in car park after being evicted from home

A homeless man has created an extraordinary "hotel" in a parking lot after being booted out of his old property.

Paul Lindsay-Jones, 58, is transforming a disabled parking space in Truro, Cornwall, with a sofa, framed pictures and rugs.

His makeshift living space even has a doormat with the word "home" written on it.

Paul, who is deaf, said he set-up his "hotel" by rifling through bins and skips alongside donations from charities.

He said: "I've got my own eight-storey hotel. I keep it clean and don't get any complaints."


"I take pride," he added. "Some people are on the street with just a sleeping bag but I like a bit of luxury."

Paul, currently creating a sofa from two chairs, said he was going to add a carpet next and is planning to give the walls a lick of paint.

He even has a landline phone, although it doesn't work and is just for decoration.


And, despite being offered a place to live in nearby Newquay, Paul said he wanted to stay put in the area.

Justin Day, legal director of local homeless charity St Petroc's Society, said: "It is a sad story as he was evicted from his former property but our outreach teams are visiting him daily and trying to build up trust.

"We are ultimately trying to entice him into our resettlement centres but he doesn't want that at the moment."

Cornwall Council said it was also investigating his sleeping arrangements.

Safer Truro said: "We are aware Moorfield car park continues to be an area where individuals rough sleep.

"We continue to monitor this, and extensive work is taking place to continue to support and offer suitable accommodation options, safeguard individuals and take appropriate action to reduce any escalating concerns."

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