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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.”

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