A homeless charity is applying for permission for a shelter on the doorstep of a £100million luxury development in Southend.
A homeless charity in Southend, eh? I wonder who that could be?
Harp is hoping to house 12 service users who are at the final stages of their journey with the charity for up to two years.
Plans include a six-bedroomed shared house at 45 Southcurch Avenue, and six self-contained bedsits, inclusive of individual kitchenettes at 47 Southchurch Avenue.
The project is called the Bluebird Project.
Might as well call it the ‘Cuckoo Project’. It’d be more accurate.
A concerned resident, 31, who did not want to be named said: “The homeless shelter development proposal being on the door step to a £100 million flagship development seems to me to be ridiculous and not thought out.
“Homelessness is a complex issue but as HARP says on its website, 63 per cent of homeless people have a drug or alcohol problem.
“To house these people next to such an iconic development is of grave concern as it may put off buyers of apartments for Marine Plaza, and lower the resale value, and also further delay the project or jeopardise it.
“The immediate area surrounding the site is already home to social housing, such as the Kursaal Estate, and high crime areas such as York Road and neighbouring streets.
“From speaking with other residents nearby they are also very concerned and will be attending the meeting on Tuesday.”
Developers beware! No-one’s going to shell out for a ‘luxury’ flat in close proximity to the sort of people Harp attracts…