'Locals in Scunthorpe will barricade themselves to gates in protest at homeless centre plan on former Scotter House site'
Residents have expressed serious concerns over plans to build a homeless centre on the former Scotter House site in Scunthorpe.
Work on the centre, on Dorchester Road, which closed last year, is expected to start in December.
But residents have raised fears that the centre will lead to a surge in drink and alcohol- related problems in the area.
And now some are threatening to barricade themselves to the gates at the site in order to highlight their fears about the development.
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Lennie Pearson, a Westcliff resident, said: "We have been working around the estate to bring it up to what it is now and looking nice. This is just going to make things worse.
"We are not against anything that the company behind it is doing. It is just not the right location for this. A lot of the people on the petition have young children and said that they don't want it."
Pete Woodcock, chairman of the residents' association, said: "We have people who are prepared to barricade themselves to the gates.
"This is just going to bring back the trouble on the estate. We aren't going to let it stop here. We are going to make a noise."
Permission has been granted to demolish the former Scotter House respite care centre and replace it with 20 one-bedroom flats.
Resident Maxine Taylor said: "There are already enough drug and alcohol users on the estate."
Concerns have been raised at the level of consultation that took place prior to the application being passed. The application never came before the full planning committee.
Around 150 signatures have now been collected from people opposed to the plans.
The project will be run by Framework, a charity providing housing and support for homeless and vulnerable people.
Karl Jones, senior minister of Westcliffe Elim Community Church, said: "It is fantastic what Framework is doing, but common sense would suggest that people with an addiction are going to know others with the same problems.
"People could start congregating outside Scotter House and it could attract the wrong sort of people to the area."
Adam Jacobs, head of property development for Framework, said: "In my eyes there is no such thing as an ideal site, but I think this is a very good location.
"I will not say that there won't be people there with drug and alcohol issues. But we go through a careful and detailed risk assessment with every client and it is not in our interest to have people that don't pass that risk assessment."
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: "No objections were made to this application when it went through the formal planning process.
"The application was widely publicised through the usual channels and was also a story on the front page of the Scunthorpe Telegraph."