Anger at new plans for Blackburn homeless hostel

Anger at new plans for Blackburn homeless hostel

Anger at new plans for Blackburn homeless hostel

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PLANS to clear up the status of a controversial hostel in Blackburn and upgrade its facilities have caused neighbours to protest.

They have written to Blackburn with Darwen Council urging its planning committee to refuse the application for Shadsworth House in Dunoon Drive to be officially classed as a homeless hostel.

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Jay’s Properties, which owns two similar properties in the town centre, has promised major improvements.

The application will be considered by the borough planning committee on Thursday.

In 2003, Jay’s Properties, applied for permission to convert the building into a homeless hostel which was refused.

Since then, it has housed people suffering personal crisis including homelessness and addiction as a ‘house in multiple occupation’ The chair of Blackburn with Darwen Independent Tenants Association Jacqueline McGrew has written to the council on behalf of residents on the Shadsworth Estate saying they felt its use as a hostel is ‘highly inappropriate for the area’ .

Mrs McGrew claims ‘there have been incidents of drug dealing and of men exposing themselves to females and children’ involving ‘undesirable people living and their visitors hanging around’.

Eight local residents have written in support of Jay’s application as has the Maundy Relief Charity Accrington praising its work with the homeless and addicted.

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3:25pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Eric Shawn says...

I remember not too long ago a TV programme about Shadsworth. The locals were the ones with the drugs, not the homeless.
I remember not too long ago a TV programme about Shadsworth. The locals were the ones with the drugs, not the homeless. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 24

3:33pm Mon 18 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

We are a very selfish society who do not want to have the down at heel living next to us." we would much rather they moved else where ."
We are a very selfish society who do not want to have the down at heel living next to us." we would much rather they moved else where ." noddy57
  • Score: 10

3:37pm Mon 18 Aug 14

the beaver says...

Eight local residents have written in support of Jay’s application ? would you go out your way to write to the council in favour of this on your doorstep? Wonder if Jay's property has houses for rent local to this and the letters came from there. Hope the council has the brains to see these letters are forged.
Eight local residents have written in support of Jay’s application ? would you go out your way to write to the council in favour of this on your doorstep? Wonder if Jay's property has houses for rent local to this and the letters came from there. Hope the council has the brains to see these letters are forged. the beaver
  • Score: 17

3:46pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mrdd186 says...

Eric Shawn wrote:
I remember not too long ago a TV programme about Shadsworth. The locals were the ones with the drugs, not the homeless.
I watched the same programme ad live in shadsworth, the tv people took the most rotten apples out of the barrel to make good tv, they also were filming a student nurse which was never shown, there is a lot of good people in shadsworth and some bad, drugs are a problem in every area of Blackburn.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Shawn[/bold] wrote: I remember not too long ago a TV programme about Shadsworth. The locals were the ones with the drugs, not the homeless.[/p][/quote]I watched the same programme ad live in shadsworth, the tv people took the most rotten apples out of the barrel to make good tv, they also were filming a student nurse which was never shown, there is a lot of good people in shadsworth and some bad, drugs are a problem in every area of Blackburn. mrdd186
  • Score: 36

4:48pm Mon 18 Aug 14

jimpy0 says...

be very careful about what comes out of Jacqueline McGrews mouth - a self apointed jobsworth on a power trip, she has HER best interests at heart and protecting her award status.
be very careful about what comes out of Jacqueline McGrews mouth - a self apointed jobsworth on a power trip, she has HER best interests at heart and protecting her award status. jimpy0
  • Score: 15

5:32pm Mon 18 Aug 14

phil kernot says...

Homeless people have to pick up there lives somewhere and start again ,,, give em a chance ,,, but I don't think they should put addicts in there that are not clean and still using ,,,
Homeless people have to pick up there lives somewhere and start again ,,, give em a chance ,,, but I don't think they should put addicts in there that are not clean and still using ,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 14

6:57pm Mon 18 Aug 14

gazza1980 says...

I work in a homeless hostel. Give em a break. If Jacqueline McGrew had gone through 10% of the stuff many of them have gone through (addiction, mental health issues, recovering from childhood sexual/physical abuse etc.) I'm sure she'd have more sympathy
I work in a homeless hostel. Give em a break. If Jacqueline McGrew had gone through 10% of the stuff many of them have gone through (addiction, mental health issues, recovering from childhood sexual/physical abuse etc.) I'm sure she'd have more sympathy gazza1980
  • Score: 2

9:01pm Mon 18 Aug 14

KYMER says...

ive said it before whats happened to the good samaritan.i lived up shad from 73-78 and loved it.i lived on ballantrae rd and people went out there way to help you.i remenber my sisters wedding we hsd the night do at home half the street turned up eith gifts snd beer.i live in cambodia now in the capital phnom penh and i pass families every night sleeping on the streets.i can do nothing to help those people but you shad people show some compassion.show a bit of blackburn spirit
ive said it before whats happened to the good samaritan.i lived up shad from 73-78 and loved it.i lived on ballantrae rd and people went out there way to help you.i remenber my sisters wedding we hsd the night do at home half the street turned up eith gifts snd beer.i live in cambodia now in the capital phnom penh and i pass families every night sleeping on the streets.i can do nothing to help those people but you shad people show some compassion.show a bit of blackburn spirit KYMER
  • Score: 2

10:04pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Fspiders says...

If it was purely for the homeless then ok but its not. Its a halfway house for criminals and sex offenders who are being reintroduced into society and also a dumping ground for alcoholics. There is a children's playground less than 200 yards away from this place that is out of bounds to children as its full of tramps drinking cider. The police escort them back to the home and they return within 15 minutes.
If it was purely for the homeless then ok but its not. Its a halfway house for criminals and sex offenders who are being reintroduced into society and also a dumping ground for alcoholics. There is a children's playground less than 200 yards away from this place that is out of bounds to children as its full of tramps drinking cider. The police escort them back to the home and they return within 15 minutes. Fspiders
  • Score: 18

11:00pm Mon 18 Aug 14

outside insider says...

Blackburn has a lot of unregulated "houses of multiple occupancy" many in poor condition and owned by unscrupulous landlords. such places accommodate many extremely vulnerable homeless people with very complex needs. The cost of the room only accommodation can be in excess of £150/week and is mostly paid by housing benefit. If such accommodation obtains 'hostel' status they can charge more per room which would ultimately be paid by the tax payer and line the pockets of said businessmen. The standard of temporary accommodation most definitely needs improving but we need to ensure it is being done for the benefit of the inhabitants
Blackburn has a lot of unregulated "houses of multiple occupancy" many in poor condition and owned by unscrupulous landlords. such places accommodate many extremely vulnerable homeless people with very complex needs. The cost of the room only accommodation can be in excess of £150/week and is mostly paid by housing benefit. If such accommodation obtains 'hostel' status they can charge more per room which would ultimately be paid by the tax payer and line the pockets of said businessmen. The standard of temporary accommodation most definitely needs improving but we need to ensure it is being done for the benefit of the inhabitants outside insider
  • Score: 12

11:48pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

Statistics show 50% of young and old homeless are ex services men who after serving there country in Belfast . Falklands. Iraq and of late Afghanistan can not adjust to life on civi street and turn to alcohol abuse no job no home no family. Blame the government for letting these people down. And don't tarnish all with same brush.
Statistics show 50% of young and old homeless are ex services men who after serving there country in Belfast . Falklands. Iraq and of late Afghanistan can not adjust to life on civi street and turn to alcohol abuse no job no home no family. Blame the government for letting these people down. And don't tarnish all with same brush. mark anthony
  • Score: -3

5:06am Tue 19 Aug 14

the white witch says...

At least if this application gets the go ahead there will be one decent property even if it is a homeless house, everyone needs somewhere to live, and i agree with Eric Shawn it was the locals that was dealing drugs not the homeless.
And giving the homeless somewhere to live cleans up the streets & doorways. in the town centre.
At least if this application gets the go ahead there will be one decent property even if it is a homeless house, everyone needs somewhere to live, and i agree with Eric Shawn it was the locals that was dealing drugs not the homeless. And giving the homeless somewhere to live cleans up the streets & doorways. in the town centre. the white witch
  • Score: -3

6:28am Tue 19 Aug 14

Excluded again says...

mark anthony wrote:
Statistics show 50% of young and old homeless are ex services men who after serving there country in Belfast . Falklands. Iraq and of late Afghanistan can not adjust to life on civi street and turn to alcohol abuse no job no home no family. Blame the government for letting these people down. And don't tarnish all with same brush.
As an American politician said: if you can't afford to support troops after they have served your country in war, then you can't afford to send them to war in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Statistics show 50% of young and old homeless are ex services men who after serving there country in Belfast . Falklands. Iraq and of late Afghanistan can not adjust to life on civi street and turn to alcohol abuse no job no home no family. Blame the government for letting these people down. And don't tarnish all with same brush.[/p][/quote]As an American politician said: if you can't afford to support troops after they have served your country in war, then you can't afford to send them to war in the first place. Excluded again
  • Score: 7

8:47am Tue 19 Aug 14

Catwoman2005 says...

I live on Dunoon Drive right across from Shadsworth house and I have to be honest and say I have actually never seen any trouble come from any of the residents there, I see them come out nip to the shop and go back in minding there own business. Yes there are cops and ambulances outside from time to time, but mainly coz of something that as happened from inside, or youths from around here causing trouble for them. I have no problem with living across from there at all.
I live on Dunoon Drive right across from Shadsworth house and I have to be honest and say I have actually never seen any trouble come from any of the residents there, I see them come out nip to the shop and go back in minding there own business. Yes there are cops and ambulances outside from time to time, but mainly coz of something that as happened from inside, or youths from around here causing trouble for them. I have no problem with living across from there at all. Catwoman2005
  • Score: 6

8:59am Tue 19 Aug 14

KYMER says...

so shad has none of these pproblems without this home.very short sighted i remenber 40yrs ago a child was missing and a mob converged on a house on glenluce.the guy who lived there was foriegn a refugee from the spring uprising.who went to his defence not the police but his nieghbours.we all new he was a decent guy who struggled with english.nowcif your different
so shad has none of these pproblems without this home.very short sighted i remenber 40yrs ago a child was missing and a mob converged on a house on glenluce.the guy who lived there was foriegn a refugee from the spring uprising.who went to his defence not the police but his nieghbours.we all new he was a decent guy who struggled with english.nowcif your different KYMER
  • Score: 3

10:37am Tue 19 Aug 14

jimpy0 says...

All being whipped up in the background by Mrs McGrew a well seasoned puppet master that rules her empire with a rod of iron. Last i heard she was trying out out some bloke as he dared to fly an EDL flag from his window. Dont cross her or her cronies, they WILL make up stories and backstab you.
All being whipped up in the background by Mrs McGrew a well seasoned puppet master that rules her empire with a rod of iron. Last i heard she was trying out out some bloke as he dared to fly an EDL flag from his window. Dont cross her or her cronies, they WILL make up stories and backstab you. jimpy0
  • Score: 2

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