Plan to convert Birkenhead house into unit for teenagers leaving care is refused

Alexandra Road

Alexandra Road

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PLANS to convert a six-bedroom house in Birkenhead into "supported living" accommodation for teenagers leaving care have been rejected by council planners.

A report before planning committee on Wednesday recommended the scheme in Alexandra Road should be given the go-ahead.

It proposed accommodation for "semi-independent living" for up to eight 16-to-18-year-old young adults to stay at any one time, sharing a communal lounge and kitchen area. Staff would be on hand 24-hours-a-day to provide supervision.

But local residents had signed a petition, concerned that if approved, the scheme would compromise their safety, lead to disturbance and noise and increase traffic problems.

Addressing committee members before the vote was cast Claughton councillor George Davies, speaking on behalf of residents, said he had reservations about the scheme.

He added: "The property has been looked after and it fits the criteria we are looking for.

"However, putting eight people of care into an area that's predominantly residential is not appropriate for the area.

"There are concerns over the size of the bedrooms. You couldn't fit a bed in three of them.

"There will be no visitors allowed at the property; the people living there will have to go out to meet their friends. They will not be alllowed back in the house."

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11:28am Thu 24 Jul 14

spamfiend says...

NIMBY strikes again - I had the pleasure of working with a similar age group in a very similar roles years ago, and was a very fulfilling job for me. These kids for whatever reason have ended up in care and need to find a way through supported living, to make their mark in the big world, yet for some reason, people do not want this.

I have to ask why. Using statements like :-

"local residents had signed a petition, concerned that if approved, the scheme would compromise their safety, lead to disturbance and noise and increase traffic problems"

is pure propaganda. How would this scheme compromise the existing residents safety? These are young people coming out of care, not mass murderers on parole. The same has to go for leading to disturbance and noise. Again, I have to ask how - would the same not apply to a family of 6 moving in with 4 teenage kids and as for the traffic problems, behave yourself. I cannot see this having any effect on the area, and I point out to what I just said with regards to 4 teenage kids, all learning to drive, all with a car off the bank of mum and dad.

This is simply a case of snobbery at it;s worst - Not in my Back Yard'ism is costing 6-8 young people a chance at a real life of their own and for some reason the residents of Alexandra Road don't want any part of it.

SHAME ON YOU ALL !!!!
NIMBY strikes again - I had the pleasure of working with a similar age group in a very similar roles years ago, and was a very fulfilling job for me. These kids for whatever reason have ended up in care and need to find a way through supported living, to make their mark in the big world, yet for some reason, people do not want this. I have to ask why. Using statements like :- "local residents had signed a petition, concerned that if approved, the scheme would compromise their safety, lead to disturbance and noise and increase traffic problems" is pure propaganda. How would this scheme compromise the existing residents safety? These are young people coming out of care, not mass murderers on parole. The same has to go for leading to disturbance and noise. Again, I have to ask how - would the same not apply to a family of 6 moving in with 4 teenage kids and as for the traffic problems, behave yourself. I cannot see this having any effect on the area, and I point out to what I just said with regards to 4 teenage kids, all learning to drive, all with a car off the bank of mum and dad. This is simply a case of snobbery at it;s worst - Not in my Back Yard'ism is costing 6-8 young people a chance at a real life of their own and for some reason the residents of Alexandra Road don't want any part of it. SHAME ON YOU ALL !!!! spamfiend
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11:37am Thu 24 Jul 14

Mojo68 says...

Couldn't agree with you more spamfiend, these young people could have found themselves placed in care through no fault of there own and yet they are being judged and labelled as troublemakers....and as for councillor Davies speaking on behalf of the residents....anythin
g for a vote eh George!!
Couldn't agree with you more spamfiend, these young people could have found themselves placed in care through no fault of there own and yet they are being judged and labelled as troublemakers....and as for councillor Davies speaking on behalf of the residents....anythin g for a vote eh George!! Mojo68
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12:32pm Thu 24 Jul 14

rover600 says...

As I commented on the initial article I live within yards of this road and wasn't even aware of it,

From my perspective so long as these operations are managed effectively where is the problem? As for It's a residential area, true it very much is but what is the message, that kids coming out of care are not welcome or should not be brought up in residential areas? Truly madness... The bizarrest thing is why if as quoted 'three of the rooms you cannot fit a bed into' was it even being considered for this function anyway?

Another question for the mix, why not 'Council' when you allow building companies to throw up housing estates such as the current redevelopment of the North End/Laird Street why not insist in conjunction with the over all community needs insist that builders include a purpose built spacious unit?

We cannot just pretend these requirement do not exist for there for the grace of god go any of us...
As I commented on the initial article I live within yards of this road and wasn't even aware of it, From my perspective so long as these operations are managed effectively where is the problem? As for It's a residential area, true it very much is but what is the message, that kids coming out of care are not welcome or should not be brought up in residential areas? Truly madness... The bizarrest thing is why if as quoted 'three of the rooms you cannot fit a bed into' was it even being considered for this function anyway? Another question for the mix, why not 'Council' when you allow building companies to throw up housing estates such as the current redevelopment of the North End/Laird Street why not insist in conjunction with the over all community needs insist that builders include a purpose built spacious unit? We cannot just pretend these requirement do not exist for there for the grace of god go any of us... rover600
  • Score: 10

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