Councillors turn down homeless hostel plan

Councillors turn down homeless hostel plan

Councillors turn down homeless hostel plan

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RESIDENTS are celebrating after controversial plans for a homeless hostel were turned down.

Councillors went against the recommendation of planning officers and refused the 16-bed hostel in Pound Lane, Laindon, after 25 jeering residents turned up to a heated meeting.

Furious residents were continuously told to stop interrupting the meeting after shouting out that councillors had already “made up their minds.”

Addressing the planning committee, Alan McClelland, of Pound Lane, said: “We are being rail roaded into this situation.

“We are facing being left with something that looks like an industrial cattle shed.

“You’ve already made your mind up that this is going through.”

Housing association Family Mosaic, which drew up the plans, said people who had been made homeless by fires would be staying in the hostel.

Residents argued the twostorey building was not suitable for Pound Lane because the street is currently made up of bungalows.

Dawn Stephenson, of Shrubbery Close, said she only found out about the plans a week earlier by chance.

She added: “Not everyone who lives there knows what’s going on.

“I’m not against hostels at all, but why does this sort of thing always have to come to Basildon?

“We already have five hostels situated within 300m of each other.

“Why can’t it go somewhere else?”

Some angry residents had already stormed out of the meeting before a decision on the hostel was made.

The cross-party planning committee unanimously turned the plans down as the site is already overdeveloped and the hostel would overlook neighbouring properties.

Stephen Hillier, Tory councillor for Langdon Hills, said: “I have very grave concerns about this and I am reluctant to stick my hand up in favour of it.”

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4:17pm Fri 18 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

NIMBY scum.
NIMBY scum. supermadmax
  • Score: -18

5:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

These NIMBYs would rather have poor unfortunates sleeping in bushes and under cardboard in the town centre I suppose.

I'm alright Jack!
These NIMBYs would rather have poor unfortunates sleeping in bushes and under cardboard in the town centre I suppose. I'm alright Jack! Howard Cháse
  • Score: -12

5:30pm Fri 18 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

can't see what the problem is, it would have probably improved the area, notched house prices up a bit...
can't see what the problem is, it would have probably improved the area, notched house prices up a bit... pembury53
  • Score: -10

7:19pm Fri 18 Jul 14

John Right says...

Hope they now build a sex offenders bail hostel, give the local F#cktits something proper to moan about...or not;)
Hope they now build a sex offenders bail hostel, give the local F#cktits something proper to moan about...or not;) John Right
  • Score: -12

8:47pm Fri 18 Jul 14

TowerBlockDreams says...

Family Mosaic are a wonderful organisation who at times have to work with people most people would be too scared to come within a mile of, however they turn lives around for the better and in this instance we are talking about people who have lost their homes in fires, hardly the worst people in society and surely the people who really need help at a very low point in their lives, I hope Family Mosaic find a more welcoming area soon. And I wish them continued success with their hard work which is often so thankless. And if Helen Finch is reading this thank you again for saving me from homelessness when I was unwell, I am now back at work doing a 62 hour week and never felt better. Thank you.
Family Mosaic are a wonderful organisation who at times have to work with people most people would be too scared to come within a mile of, however they turn lives around for the better and in this instance we are talking about people who have lost their homes in fires, hardly the worst people in society and surely the people who really need help at a very low point in their lives, I hope Family Mosaic find a more welcoming area soon. And I wish them continued success with their hard work which is often so thankless. And if Helen Finch is reading this thank you again for saving me from homelessness when I was unwell, I am now back at work doing a 62 hour week and never felt better. Thank you. TowerBlockDreams
  • Score: 0

7:19am Sat 19 Jul 14

whateverhappened says...

Spend less of their benefits on crack and cider and more on rent. ...problem solved
Spend less of their benefits on crack and cider and more on rent. ...problem solved whateverhappened
  • Score: 6

8:42am Sat 19 Jul 14

another council tax payer says...

whateverhappened wrote:
Spend less of their benefits on crack and cider and more on rent. ...problem solved
So you think being drug and drink dependant sleeping on the street is a career choice , not everyone possesses your star qualities to crack on
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: Spend less of their benefits on crack and cider and more on rent. ...problem solved[/p][/quote]So you think being drug and drink dependant sleeping on the street is a career choice , not everyone possesses your star qualities to crack on [excuse the pun] another council tax payer
  • Score: -3

8:22pm Sun 20 Jul 14

bolshiesaf says...

So yet again Billericay gets their own way. No new homes but also no homeless hostel.

Many of the homeless will be people who lose their homes through no fault of their own and will be families with children maybe even residents own children and grandchildren.

Perhaps if they do not want to take a share in the Basildon Councils Plans and responsibilities they should go it alone as the rest of us are fed up we have tips, industry, poor housing and more trouble to put up with than Billericay. I also notice that the roads in Billericay are in good condition compared to the rest of the area.
So yet again Billericay gets their own way. No new homes but also no homeless hostel. Many of the homeless will be people who lose their homes through no fault of their own and will be families with children maybe even residents own children and grandchildren. Perhaps if they do not want to take a share in the Basildon Councils Plans and responsibilities they should go it alone as the rest of us are fed up we have tips, industry, poor housing and more trouble to put up with than Billericay. I also notice that the roads in Billericay are in good condition compared to the rest of the area. bolshiesaf
  • Score: 0

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