Seems like only yesterday i was fighting to get a project stopped in Swinton. The only way to make a difference is people power united together it works famous comment i received i was a NIMBY not in my backyard..
DECISION to move a city’s youth offending service to a residential area has triggered a major row.
The centre is being relocated from a rundown 19th century townhouse in Encombe Place, Islington in Salford to a former housing office in St Simon Street, Blackfriars, about half a mile away.
The council intends to refurbish and extend the housing office at a cost of £328,000 for the YOS.
But residents groups are strongly opposed to the move and want the office to be used as a community facility. They also fear an increase in crime levels in the area if the move goes ahead.
A petition against the move has been signed by 860 people and there have been 60 formal complaints submitted to the council.
Paul Brodie, of the residents group Vertical Villages, said: “The area already has a reputation for crime, especially drugs and car crime. Over 50 per cent of the population are over 60 years of age, mostly single person households with a high proportion of people above 75.
“Unemployment is twice the national average and long-term illness three times the average. We believe a more appropriate use of the building would be a community hub shared with service providers that could benefit the whole community.”
It is estimated 175 youth offenders would use the office each week. There will be 55 staff working at the site.
The service involves one-to-one work with young people, and sometimes their parents and carers, to ensure court orders are adhered to and rehabilitation programmes completed.
The council says detailed analysis has shown there is no evidence the presence of the YOS in Encombe Place has contributed to crime levels in the area.
Councillor John Warmisham said: “We have been looking for alternative premises for the YOS for two years. Encombe Place is not large enough and does not have adequate access for disabled people.
“The YOS aims to reduce offending and our staff there would be anxious to contribute to reducing anti-social behaviour. While we are sympathetic to residents’ views, we have made the decision to relocate on the basis that we already own the building and despite extensive searches no other suitable premises have been found.”