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EVENING CHRONICLE (Newcastle, UK)

June 25, 2002,

Neighbours are protesting at plans to convert a former care home into a hostel for asylum seekers. The row is in a residential area of Newcastle where families have already complained about the spread of hostel accommodation. Planning officials say there’s no reason to believe the development will lead to problems. Members of Newcastle Council’s development control committee will be recommended to approve the scheme on Friday. The plan is to convert the former home for the elderly in Bentinck Villas, Elswick, into a hostel for 34 asylum seekers. The bid is from the Angel Group, which already operates an asylum seekers’ hostel in a former nurses’ home in nearby Westgate Road. Council officials have received two protest petitions and 31 letters of objection. Local councillors have voiced concern and residents on the Elswick Ward committee want limits on such developments. Development committee chairman, Coun Peter Thomson, said the council’s cabinet needs to lay down guidelines for commercial providers. Coun Thomson said: “We feel there is an imbalance of hostel accommodation. There is clustering and potentially this can change the character of the area.” Michael Young, chairman of Grainger Park Residents’ Association which is among the objectors, said: “We are doing our bit and are quite content with the number of asylum seekers we have at present but we are reaching saturation point.”

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Written by Concerned

June 25, 2002 at 2:36 pm

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