The head of Slough’s threatened homeless charity SHOC has hit out angrily after a meeting with a top council officer ended in deadlock.

The charity must move from its temporary cramped premises next to St Michael’s Church in Whitby Road, Slough in April.

The site provides food, washing facilities and a meeting place for the homeless.

SHOC’s chief executive Steve Hedley said the council’s director of assets Stephen Gibson had refused a request to make the old changing rooms at Upton Park available until the charity could find a permanent home.

He says he left the meeting along with fellow trustees angry and frustrated.

He said: “I can’t tell you what one of the trustees said as we walked out of the meeting.

“It was astounding the council could take the attitude they did. For some reason and I don’t know why the council is digging in and not helping us in any way.”

He said the council offered to ask St Michael’s Church to let SHOC stay longer despite being told that it had already refused.

He blamed the council for forcing SHOC to leave its previous home at Burlington Avenue.

He said: “Once the council informed us they wanted their building back we were inundated with inspections from Environmental Health, Community Enforcement, asset management and the fire brigade.

“SHOC trustees felt Slough Council was conspiring to move us from the building by any means necessary.”

A spokeswoman for the council hit back.

She said: “We are very concerned that SHOC has decided to twist the facts of what was an agreement made mutually between them and the council on them moving out of Serena Hall in Burlington Avenue in November.

“This agreement signed by both parties gave SHOC a total of £475,000 to surrender the lease and find alternative premises.”

She said there were numerous services provided in Slough by the council and others.