Furious residents want a care home for delinquent juveniles shut down.And who are these delinquents?
Householders in Maurice Road, Canvey, claim they have endured swearing, late-night music and intimidating behaviour, since the youngsters moved in two weeks ago.
Why, they are, apparently, ‘vulnerable young people’…
The home is run by a private firm on behalf of Essex County Council to house “vulnerable young people” from across the county.It sounds more as though it’s the neighbours who fit that description to me…
Matters came to a head last Saturday night when police and paramedics were called following reports one of the juveniles had trashed the house.You’d better not read any Winston Smith blogposts, then.
Mr Bramall said: “It was absolute carnage. We could just hear someone going psycho.
“Everything was getting smashed up. There was shouting and screaming. There were about ten police in the street and paramedics. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
If you do, you’ll soon realise that it’s not exactly an uncommon occurrence in these places.
The care home houses four juveniles and it is staffed 24-hours a day by a warden.And that makes virtually no difference, given the restrictions under which they operate.
Angry residents also want to know why they were not informed before it opened.Well, the council claims to have done just that:
Nicola Spicer, a spokeswoman for the council said: “Maurice House is run by an independent management service, contracted by Essex County Council to provide accommodation to vulnerable young people in Essex.You’d better shout, Nicola, if you want that ‘dialogue’ to be heard over the sound of all those sirens…
"All neighbouring properties were informed, by letter, about the change of use of Maurice House and were provided with information and contact numbers should they have any concerns.
The management service is in contact with neighbours and this dialogue in ongoing.”