New appeal made over proposed Silica Lodge children's home in Scunthorpe
Petitioners have proposed a new site for a planned children's home in Scunthorpe.
Proposals for the £1.2 million children's campus at Silica Park Nature Reserve, on Scotter Road South, were approved by councillors in July. But the decision caused unrest among local residents and businesses, who gathered 250 names on a petition against the plans.
Three petitioners were invited to speak at a meeting of a North Lincolnshire Council petitions panel, held behind closed doors. The petition requested the site and the use of the surrounding area remained unchanged.
Among the petitioners was resident Karen Walker, who said: "I would like to suggest an alternative location to the council, the site on Station Road, near the railway footbridge.
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"This is because the site is close to primary and secondary schools and in walking distance of the bus station, the train station, the shops and the cinema. It has a traffic light pedestrian crossing directly outside the site.
"This site has all the advantages the other site does not. I advise the council to seriously consider Station Road because it provides our helpless and exposed children and young adults with a sensible, positive place to live."
Mrs Walker also brought up issues of heavy traffic and deep water close to Silica Park.
Petitioner Chris Turney, who also spoke at the meeting, said: "The panel listened to what we said, but I don't have a good feeling.
"They seem to have a belief that because it was passed by planning, they are just going through the motions. We have identified another potential site on Station Road and are insisting that they consider it."
Petitions panel chairman, councillor Nigel Sherwood, said: "We looked at what is on the petition and have to stick with dealing with that. We can't, as a petitions panel, consider another site because it is not in our remit.
"Our remit is to listen to the petition, which focuses on a request that the Silica Park Nature Reserve site remains unchanged.
"We want to speak to the relevant departments so that the petition panel can get the relevant answers for the petitioners."
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