Search

Romford neighbours worried over plans for halfway house for troubled youths

18:00 04 July 2014

Plans for a halfway house offering support to youths with drug and alcohol problems are fuelling worries among neighbours.

Summit Lodge will open in Beechfield Gardens, Romford, in the next few months. It will provide accommodation for up to five people, aged 10 to 20, with housing as well as substance abuse issues.

But neighbours say such a house is unsuitable for the area.

Glyn Hall, 49, of Beechfield Gardens, said: “I am worried about their behaviour and who will deal with it.

“I am worried about criminal damage that could be made and I am worried we will be living in fear because of this halfway house.

“Me and my civil partner are scared we could be targeted with abuse from the people who will end up living there and I don’t want this quiet area to be ruined.”

The house is intended to help young people move into more permanent homes.

Residents only found out about the move when a neighbour went to complain about noise at the house and found CCTV was being installed.

Glyn added: “We weren’t even told about what was happening – we had to find out ourselves. It is disgusting that this could be opened up in a family-friendly area
like our’s where there are children.”

The council’s regulatory services boss Cllr Osman Dervish said: “We would like to thank Mr Hall for raising this important issue with us. We are currently investigating the matter.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Craig Keane, pleaded guilty to his crimes at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Pic: John Stillwell/PA

A special constable whose job was to grade indecent images of children, has admitted molesting a sleeping six-year-old.

32 minutes ago
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell.

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell has welcomed the latest figures showing employment across the UK reaching its highest rate since records began.

11:09
The Brickyard Bar and Grill

A 28-year-old man is believed to have been bottled after a fight broke out at a Romford club.

07:00
Police outside the house in Laburnum Avenue, Hornchurch, where three people died. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has urged people to check their smoke alarms after it revealed five out of seven fatal fires since the turn of the year had no working smoke alarms fitted in their homes.

Yesterday, 17:30
Stock picture of a kitten

An animal welfare campaigner has issued a warning after a cat was decapitated in Barkingside this weekend, following a similar attack on a cat in Romford last year.

Yesterday, 16:14
Cllr Rob Benham standing next to heaps of rubbish left in Upminster last year.

In a year that has seen the borough plagued with fly-tip after fly-tip, residents now get the chance to have their questions answered.

Yesterday, 15:37
Proposed location for zebra crossing in Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill. Picture: Google Maps.

Council officers have targeted a busy stretch of road in a bid to reduce the number of incidents at an accident blackspot.

Yesterday, 15:10
MC Flamezee writes and performs gritty, political songs about east London. PICTURE: Moss Media

A grime artist has put a call out for people to star in his latest music video this weekend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now