RESIDENTS opposed to a homeless hostel plan are celebrating after being told its location could be reconsidered.
People opposed to the 36-bed hub in Richmond Court, Boughton, turned up in force at the full meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council in Winsford including leading campaigner Angela Chidley who gave a speech.
They had been incensed after it emerged Richmond Court was selected behind closed doors and many felt duped when the council agreed to a consultation but only to provide information on services to be provided.
But last Thursday members from all parties backed a motion by Labour ward councillor David Robinson to reconsider the suitability of Richmond Court in the light of residents’ feedback.
Tory executive member for adult social care Cllr Brenda Dowding apologised answers to residents’ questions had been late but explained: “I wanted to look at them before they were issued to make absolutely certain that we made clear in the answers the consultation with the residents was important and we would take into account their views on whether the location was right or not.”
Resident Ben Roberts said afterwards: “Well that was a complete result! I'd like to thank Angela Chidley for getting up to speak on our behalf. I'd also like to thank everyone who made the effort to attend this evening. It certainly was strength in numbers and our voice was heard. The outcome was that the consultation process is on the suItability of the location.”
Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Phil Jones of Cheshire Police told residents by email that if Richmond Court is chosen he will recommend extending CCTV in the area, street lighting improvements, a police liaison room in the hub, extending the city centre no-drinking zone to include the area around the hostel and consideration be given to alley-gating in the immediate vicinity.