Objections to women’s refuge in Newby

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Close to 100 objections have been submitted against plans to open a refuge for vulnerable women and children in Newby,

The plans for the ten flats in Danes Dyke will be the subject if a public meeting in the village on Monday evening.

It will be chaired by Scarborough Council’s deputy leader, and ward councillor, Derek Bastiman, who has himself objected to the proposals from the Home Group.

The site, which is currently vacant land, would be ringed with a secure gate and monitored with CCTV at all times,

In his submission Cllr Bastiman says the look of the building is ‘like an open prison’ and says it is not a suitable site.

He added: “Is the secure boundary there to protect the proposed residents or the existing residents in the nearby properties?

“In my opinion I feel that if this development goes ahead that there will be health issues due to stress and anxiety which in turn will place unwarranted pressure on our health service.”

Newby and Scalby Parish Council says it ‘strongly objects’ to the flats, which would be opposite a 40-bed retirement home.

It says that 26 letter of objection were sent to it from people living in the are.

In its letter to Scarborough Council it states: “Many of the residents are concerned about their security and have genuine worries about the prospect of irate people appearing on site at all hours, along with the disruption and inevitable police involvement.

“While it was acknowledged there may be a need for the proposed facilities, it was felt the proposed location was totally inappropriate and unsuitable.”

The applicant has not stated where the women and children who will be housed on the site will come from, but does make reference to some being victims of domestic violence.

In its submissions the Home Group states that: “We believes that the successful development of this site represents a unique opportunity for Scarborough.

“This proposal will facilitate group and residential support for women and children, whom currently have to travel as far as Darlington, York and Leeds to benefit from the support of these services.”

Scarborough Council’s housing and development office has supported the scheme, saying it ‘meets an essential and identified housing need’.

The public meeting will take place at 6pm on Monday at the Community Centre in Danes Dyke.