DISTRICT bosses will meet tonight to discuss the creation of a new trust for the homeless or those in housing need.

Purbeck District Council (PDC) members are set to rule on the future of Timson Cottages at Langton Matravers.

These two small listed cottages were bequeathed to the district council decades ago, for the purpose of providing accommodation free of charge for old people residing within Purbeck.

In light of the looming local government reorganisation, PDC councillors have previously discussed transferring the cottages over to Langton Matravers Parish Council.

A report to members from PDC officers now recommends Timson Cottages should be the subject of a trust, to provide accommodation for local people who are homeless or in need of housing

This report states: "The creation of a trust will allow the Timson Cottages to be managed more locally and hence effectively.

"Opening up the beneficiaries of the trust will also increase the number of people who are likely to be most in need of accommodation and therefore ensure that the trust remains sustainable."

If agreed the Timson Cottages will be transferred to the trustees on completion of the trust deed.

Approval of the final terms of the trust, should members agree tonight, will be delegated to the district authority's general manager of Public Health and Housing, in consultation with PDC leader Cllr Gary Suttle and the ward member for Langton Matravers.

Since the 1980s, Timson Cottages have been managed by a committee which includes both parish and district council members.

The tenants do not pay rent, but make monthly voluntary contributions which have met the maintenance needs of the properties.

An appendix accompanying tonight's council agenda papers, written by Barrister Michael Norman, explained: "If such a trust were to be declared, it would be registered with the Charity Commission.

"A number of formal requirements would have to be met, including that of a governing document."

PDC members are set to meet this evening, at Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham.