Protest bid to halt Boughton homeless 'hub'


Staff reporter

ANGRY residents fighting to stop a homeless shelter ‘super hub’ being built on their doorstep will stage a protest tomorrow.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) has agreed to former old people’s home Richmond Court in Boughton being converted into a 36-bed shelter for the homeless.

The shelter would be managed by Chester and District Housing Trust and Forum Housing, who were awarded CWaC’s contract for homelessness services.

But many in the surrounding community were outraged by the plan and the council’s failure to carry out any consultation.

Campaigners organised public meetings and petitions with the authority subsequently agreeing to hold “a full and open” consultation on the Richmond Court proposal.

However, the residents’ joy turned to disappointment when council chief executive Steve Robinson said the consultation would not focus on the decision to use Richmond Court as a homeless shelter.

His email to campaign leader Angela Childley read: “The consultation will not centre on views about whether or not Richmond Court should be brought into use by its owners, Chester and District Housing Trust, to deliver part of the city’s service to homeless people.

“The consultation process will involve giving people information about the services to be provided from Richmond Court, the management arrangements for the service and the timetable for Richmond Court to become operational.”

Campaigners will gather outside the HQ Building at 5.15pm tomorrow prior to the council’s executive meeting.

They are urging protesters to take placards and banners questioning the council’s decision and the process the authority has followed.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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