Fight to stop children’s care home in Kirkby

Protesters gather outside the house which sits on the corner of Diamond Avenue's juntion with Thoresby Avenue in Kirkby and is earmarked as a young people's home run by G4S.

Protesters gather outside the house which sits on the corner of Diamond Avenue's juntion with Thoresby Avenue in Kirkby and is earmarked as a young people's home run by G4S.

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Angry residents and councillors are fighting plans for a children’ care home in Kirkby - claiming it will cause ‘chaos and disruption’.

The disgruntled home owners are up in arms at plans for the current home on 127 Diamond Avenue to be altered into a five-bedroom facility to help youngsters and teens.

Kirkby man Kevin Walker is leading the campaign along with councillor Linford Gibbons.

Mr Walker, of Thoresby Avenue, told Chad: “Everyone is furious about these plans. If it is passed it means we are going to have unruly 10- to 17 year olds area and we have been told they could be self harming - and may harm others. It’s not safe for people. It’s going to cause chaos and disruption for us.”

He said it could mean a higher number of police call outs, which would not be fair on residents.

He added: “There is a similar home on Northampton and they are having hundreds of call outs day and night. We don’t want that here.”

Around 30 angry residents stormed council offices after hearing the plans. Residents claim the care home will also cause traffic problems as there will be health visitors going to the home.

“We are up in arms about it. It’s going to be a nightmare, but we plan to fight it every step of the way,” Mr Walker added.

The group have started a petition and have several hundred names on it and will present this to the council, where they will formally object to the plans.

The consultation period ends on 24th March, with a decision likely by 16th April - which will be made by the council’s planning committee.

Coun Linford Gibbons is also backing the fight.

He said: “The effect on local people if there are disturbances will have a negative impact on their quality of life.”

Managing Director of G4S Children’s Services, Paul Cook, said: “Children need to be looked after in a children’s home because they cannot live with their own families and need high standards of care require suitable and safe locations within their own community to achieve the best outcomes.

“We work very closely with local authorities to find appropriate locations for our children’s homes, which are registered and inspected by Ofsted to meet their regulations, and I am more than happy to meet with local residents to discuss their concerns.”