DISQUIET about proposals to locate services for homeless people in Boughton reaches a full meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council this evening (Thursday).
A powerful combination of Boughton ward councillor David Robinson (Lab) and Labour deputy leader Cllr Sam Dixon, who represents the city centre, are raising a motion calling on the council ‘to engage in full and open consultation with the local community’ on the decision to locate the homeless hub in Richmond Court on Boughton’s popular canalside.
The councillors accept providing ‘suitably located’ accommodation for homeless people is ‘a sensitive issue’ but argue it is essential the community fully understands and supports proposals.
They describe the council’s decision to award the contract to the Chester and District Housing Trust without any community consultation as ‘unacceptable’.
It is said to be in conflict with the council’s constitution, which sets out principles for decision making and also the council’s corporate plan.
This describes Cheshire West and Chester as ‘a listening council’ which will consult communities.
The plan also aims to improve channels of communication with residents so they are clear about how their involvement has made a difference.
They also refer to the council’s commitment to transparency in the decisions it takes and to welcoming further opportunities for residents to hold it to account.
The meeting takes place in Winsford at 6.30pm. It is webcast.