Danes Dyke: This is simply the wrong site

I would like to reply to the statement made by Claire Ward regarding the secure development of 10 flats in Danes Dyke, Newby (The Scarborough News, January 22).

On the first point of rarely seeing evidence of refuges attracting anti-social behaviour, if this is so why spend thousands of pounds on security, why does it need to be surrounded by a 7ft high fence with a lockable gate, security lights and CCTV.

The residents fully accept that the women and children need a safe refuge from their violent partners but we do not accept that Danes Dyke is the best place for it. The residents in the 12 flats most affected by this proposed development are also women, the youngest is 75 and the eldest is 90. What security are they going to have when irate partners turn up. Are they not also vulnerable women?

The similarity of the wording in the objections is quite obviously because most people have the same concerns. As for a small driving force whipping up opposition, there are 50 flats in Danes Dyke and every occupant is against this building going ahead.

Danes Dyke is a 200m long cul-de-sac and besides the elderly residents’ flats has a very busy doctors’ surgery, which, incidentally, the developers thought was the offices for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

The surgery staff and patients have to use the road for parking which means the road is busy from 7.45am to 6pm. Dial-a-Ride, Orchard House and patient transfer vehicles call nearly every day, plus the carers for some of the elderly residents call every day.

Ms Ward says deliveries could be restricted to a quiet time of day but the only time it is quiet is in the evenings and weekends.

At the eastern end of Danes Dyke is a public footpath connecting to the cinder track, the only access to the site is about 16ft wide, this includes the footpath. Would the footpath be kept open if the construction went ahead?

The age of the residents in Danes Dyke range from the mid-60s to a still very active 102-year-old. We have been called snobs and nimbys but we are neither of these, we fully accept that if the surgery ever closed the traffic problem would disappear and so would most of the residents’ objections to building here, but this would still be the wrong site for a battered wives refuge.

There are other sites in the area where building is already taking place that would be far more suitable.

Les Crabtree

Danes Dyke