Protests at plans for young offenders rehabilitation centre on suburban Tyneside street

Residents packed a meeting over YMCA plans for the terraced home on Milton Terrace, North Shields

The meeting at Christ Church in North Shields, for the house bought by the YMCA in Milton Terrace
The meeting at Christ Church in North Shields, for the house bought by the YMCA in Milton Terrace

Residents have attacked plans to turn a five bedroom home into a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts and young offenders.

More than 80 people packed into Christ Church village hall in North Shields on Tuesday to hear more about the youth charity YMCA’s proposal to transform 3 Milton Terrace into a home for

vulnerable young people.

The meeting was brought together by ward coordinator Glynis Barrie at the last minute after some residents were informed of the controversial plans via a letter from the YMCA.

A representative of the YMCA failed to attend the meeting, claiming it was at “too short notice”.

Next door neighbour Shaleen Chugh moved to 2 Milton Terrace two years ago, believing it was a safe place to raise his young family.

“I’ve got a three-year-old son and I moved here in good faith,” he said. “My son’s bedroom window faces the house now owned by the YMCA and I’m worried about what he might be exposed to if there was any antisocial behaviour.

“I don’t think it’s the right place for this kind of scheme because it’s a corner house and there’s an alley where drug users could hang out.

“It’s a good street and we’ve never had any problems before. There’s a lot of young families and elderly people live here and we don’t want or need any trouble brought to our doorsteps.”

Jacqueline Sinclair, who lives at 11 Milton Terrace, put her house on the market two weeks ago, after having an offer accepted for anew home just streets away.

However, when she informed the estate agents what the YMCA was planning for the house down the road, viewers began to cancel their appointments.

She said her dream of owning a home with a large garden with for her son with special had been ruined.

“Viewers are pulling out and there’s no way we’ll sell our house. It’s just a disaster.”

The YMCA is currently seeking a lawful development certificate from North Tyneside Council for the proposed use of the house on Milton Terrace.

Residents have launched a petition with signatures objecting to YMCA’s application which will be decided upon on July 28.

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