Video: Centre build for homeless youths sparks concern amongst Gainsborough residents

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Gainsborough residents have expressed concern over the build of a homeless shelter for youths near the town centre.

Construction has already commenced on the Wembley Street centre, which will be managed by Axiom Housing Association which is also responsible for Foyer.

Building work has started on a new homeless shelter on Wembley Street in Gainsborough

Building work has started on a new homeless shelter on Wembley Street in Gainsborough

Foyer provides accommodation for young people who are threatened by or who have been affected by homelessness, and offers access to training and employment opportunities.

But some Wembley Street residents are concerned that the centre will lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.

Anne Cook, who lives on the street, said: “My husband and I already feel scared to leave the house some nights because crime in Gainsborough seems to be at an all time high. Many of our neighbours have said the same and often travel to other towns for nights out.”

“We often see young people on the street causing trouble and that may increase as a result of this build.”

A West Lindsey District Council spokesman said: “A full planning application for the provision of a 12 bed young person’s accommodation unit went to the planning committee on the 16th April and was approved.”

“Prior to this the council support for this scheme was demonstrated at the prosperous communities committee on 17 December 2013.”

“The planning application also included the relevant consultation process.”

“There is no evidence to suggest this facility will increase the level of anti-social behaviour in the area. The target client group in Gainsborough will be young people aged 16 to 25 who are in need of stable accommodation.”

Coun Owen Bierley of West Lindsey Council said: “This will help to provide much needed accommodation for young people in the Gainsborough area and demonstrates the commitment of the council to contribute to the provision of high quality housing.”

“The scheme is also helping to regenerate a brownfield site in the town, which also contributes to the council’s wider aims for Gainsborough.”