Blackburn bedsit closed after a campaign by fed-up residents

The bail hostel at 21 Cheltenham road in Blackburn (with the white door)

The bail hostel at 21 Cheltenham road in Blackburn (with the white door)

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FED-UP residents have successfully campaigned to close a bedsit occupied by people on bail.

Neighbours said they had suffered racist attacks, vandalism and anti-social behaviour from people linked to the multiple-occupancy property for six years.

Despairing Sunan Ali, who lives next door to the Cheltenham Road property in Blackburn, started a petition in January after feeling his repeated complaints to the Bail Accommodation and Support Service (BASS), Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the police were being ignored.

Mr Ali, 31, said: “It’s just been awful living next to it.

“I’ve walked out of my house and seen used condoms, broken bottles, cans of beer in my garden. It’s like a nightmare. There have been fights in the streets and loud music playing all night.

“I have two children at primary school and their teachers called to tell me they’d been falling asleep in class. It was because they’d been up all night with the partying next door.”

After speaking to other neighbours, who shared similar experiences, Mr Ali began collecting signatures to petition the council into turning the house back to a single occupancy residence.

The petition was backed by Blackburn MP Jack Straw. He said: “I’m pleased with the decision to revert this property. It is in completely the wrong location and somewhere more sensible needs to be found to house these people.”

Jolan Gergely, head of BASS, which houses people on bail, said: “The local authority and police were fully consulted before the BASS service in Cheltenham Road opened. Police approved the property.

“We work with the neighbours of our properties who are always given contact details of BASS staff if they have any concerns or issues.

“Our Cheltenham Road property has been well run and has been there for a number of years. We regularly refresh our property portfolio and are consulting with the local authority and police on an alternative.”

Coun Maureen Bateson, executive member for regeneration, said the matter was due to raised at a council executive board meeting tomorrow.

She said: “We received a large number of complaints about this property, even before this petition. The house will be reverted back to a single occupancy household in the near future and the residents on bail will be rehomed somewhere in the North West.”

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2:51pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Cimbri says...

Chalk one up to people power and a good result, all round.

As for, "the residents on bail will be rehomed somewhere in the North West", can I suggest Walton, Preston or Manchester prisons, if the Bail Hostel is full?
Chalk one up to people power and a good result, all round. As for, "the residents on bail will be rehomed somewhere in the North West", can I suggest Walton, Preston or Manchester prisons, if the Bail Hostel is full? Cimbri
  • Score: 42

5:50pm Wed 9 Apr 14

mmickk says...

How about next door to straw or hollern they make me sick jumping on these stories to look good as long as its not on their doorstep.
How about next door to straw or hollern they make me sick jumping on these stories to look good as long as its not on their doorstep. mmickk
  • Score: 34

6:18pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

probably Nelson.burnley dump their skanks on us might as well have B/Burns as well
probably Nelson.burnley dump their skanks on us might as well have B/Burns as well ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 11

6:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

denidenideni says...

Another 17 hostels to go, close them all, send them back to where they came from.
Blackburn needs to be free of all theses people and houses,get blackburn back to a decent place.
Another 17 hostels to go, close them all, send them back to where they came from. Blackburn needs to be free of all theses people and houses,get blackburn back to a decent place. denidenideni
  • Score: 27

6:27pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

mmickk wrote:
How about next door to straw or hollern they make me sick jumping on these stories to look good as long as its not on their doorstep.
Brilliant Idea well worth an award
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: How about next door to straw or hollern they make me sick jumping on these stories to look good as long as its not on their doorstep.[/p][/quote]Brilliant Idea well worth an award ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 22

6:57pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Pendle Bill says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
probably Nelson.burnley dump their skanks on us might as well have B/Burns as well
Proper little ray of sunshine you seem to be, mate! I think you may find, if you were to check it out, that nowhere on earth is short of "skanks", and I am sure that Nelson exports as many as it imports. So CHEER UP! Things could be WORSE!
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: probably Nelson.burnley dump their skanks on us might as well have B/Burns as well[/p][/quote]Proper little ray of sunshine you seem to be, mate! I think you may find, if you were to check it out, that nowhere on earth is short of "skanks", and I am sure that Nelson exports as many as it imports. So CHEER UP! Things could be WORSE! Pendle Bill
  • Score: 5

10:30am Thu 10 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Chuckle :-)
There's another couple of properties on that same street that are earmarked to become bail homes.
Happy times to come people, happy times. :-)
Chuckle :-) There's another couple of properties on that same street that are earmarked to become bail homes. Happy times to come people, happy times. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -2

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