New Scunthorpe children's home may disrupt neighbourhood, say people in Silica Lodge area
Plans for a new children's home have been attacked by local residents and businesses.
Proposals for a £1.2 million children's campus on Scotter Road South, Scunthorpe, were approved by councillors last month.
As reported, three children's homes will be brought together on the single Silica Park site in the North Lincolnshire Council project.
But nearby residents and businesses say they believe it is not a suitable place to build a children's home.
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The concerns come after an incident earlier this month at the nearby Silica Lodge pond, where two young boys were rescued after getting into trouble in the open water.
Debby Holmes, 54, is proprietor of Silica Lodge Garden Centre, near the site. She said: "These homes are designed to care for youths from troubled backgrounds but I don't think there is enough for them to do in this area. They need social, youth and sport facilities to occupy their time and this home might be better in the town centre, where it would have more immediate access to those facilities.
"Our main concern is that this children's home might disrupt the neighbourhood."
Tapash Maitra, 65, lives on Silica Crescent, near the new children's home site.
He said he also thought the building would be better sited nearer the town centre.
He said: "It is hard to say what people will think but we do get some trouble from young people in neighbouring areas.
"Residents might worry that a children's home might make things worse."
Concerns were raised about the safety of the site when the boys were pulled from the pond after venturing too deep.
John and Kimberley Hopkins, of Somerby Road, Scunthorpe, were fishing at the pond when they heard an adult shouting for help.
Mr Hopkins, 34, said: "It was the scariest thing I have ever been through. I was in a state after it and close to tears."
Kimberley, 31, added: "There was nobody else around so if we were not there then it would have certainly been a fatality."
Councillor Len Foster, a North Lincolnshire Council ward member for Brumby, said: "The site is an accident waiting to happen because water is a magnet for children, so putting a children's home so close to a pond is frightening."
Work will start on the Silica Park this month, with the home due to open in April.