THE borough's Labour MP has won an assurance from a Home Office Minister that child sex offenders will not be housed at an Ellesmere Port bail hostel.
Probation officials say since the Bunbury House facility in Aln-wick Drive on the Stanney estate was opened in 1993, it has never accepted people convicted of child sex offences.
And now Andrew Miller MP has been assured by Government Minister Gerry Sutcliffe that the hostel, which is close to three schools and the area's prestige children's centre, will exclude such offenders 'until further notice'.
Mr Miller said Mr Sutcliffe's pledge comes at the end of two years of intense work to ensure children in the area are protected from sex offenders.
However, the MP revealed that two years ago he headed off a threat by probation chiefs to accommodate people involved in serious child sex cases at Bunbury House.
Mr Miller explained: 'The agree-ment which the borough council has always had with the probation service is Bunbury House could take in only those not involved in sexual offences against children.
'But in 2004 there was a threat by the probation service to change the agreement to introduce category A prisoners, which would have meant people involved in serious sex offences.'
He added: 'I worked hard behind the scenes to put a stop to that. Now, with the assurance I have had from Gerry Sutcliffe, that sort of thing can never happen.
'The Stanney estate houses many among the poorest in our community and it would not be appropriate to dump on them people accused of serious sex offences.
'Obviously, these people need to be housed somewhere, but to put them next to our star children's centre would be absolutely barmy.'
Keith Ingram, assistant chief officer of Cheshire Probation Service, said: 'Offenders with convictions for sexual offences against children are not accepted and have not been accepted (at Bunbury House) since the approved premises opened in 1993.'
And of the plan to change the agreement on the type of offenders allowed at Bunbury House two years ago, he said: 'It is true Mr Miller has consistently opposed any changes to our admissions policy at Bunbury House.'