CONTROVERSY over a youth shelter has once again reared its head in Middlewich after residents claimed they were being kept in the dark over a proposal to build a shelter at Fountains Field.
Police are planning to meet Middlewich Town Council to discuss the proposals prior to its meeting on June 19 but one resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said: 'This shelter is right on my doorstep and I want to have my say over the issue. About two weeks ago, police told me the meeting was taking place and that I'd be invited. That was good, as we have collected 150 signatures against the plan which we hoped to present at the meeting.
'But a fortnight on, it seems no one has even been told about it. Is it a secret meeting?'
CW10 community group took up the issue on the residents' behalf, contacting council officials and the police to find out what was going on.
Spokesman Andy Bailey said: 'Only one person responded, and he said he wasn't aware of the meeting. Fountains Field does not belong to the county or borough councils, it is owned by Middlewich and as residents we should be there to make our objections known.'
Plans to install an illuminated shelter as a safe place for youngsters to meet were unveiled last year, when Middlewich Vision hoped to install the shelter at either Booth Lane play area or at the junction of Chadwick Road and Warmingham Lane.
Public resistance halted the plans and now police are considering Fountains Field as an alternative.
PCSO Roger Need, of Middlewich police, said: 'This meeting is being set up so that we can explain our plans to the town council, but no decision will be made on the night. There will be further discussions before anything more is done.'