Company looks for new bail hostel site

PUBLISHED: 10:01 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A HOSTEL housing criminals in Weston has moved - but organisers are now looking for a new site still within the town

A HOSTEL housing criminals in Weston has moved - but organisers are now looking for a new site still within the town.

Long suffering residents of the Oldmixon estate have been protesting about the bail hostel in Walton, off Monkton Avenue, ever since the Mercury revealed its location in 2008.

South ward councillor Ian Parker met with the people behind the hostel and now the company, ClearSprings, has agreed to move it to another site.

Cllr Parker said: "I met with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to discuss the reasons why the hostel was in a bad location.

"It was near a playground, a primary school and a nursery and its location made residents, especially parents, very unnerved.

"We all understand that bail hostels need to go somewhere, but it was in one of the most inappropriate places in Weston

"I am delighted it has gone from the estate and people can go about their businesses without worrying and knowing nothing bad is going to happen to young or elderly people."

The news was also welcomed by Oldmixon Parents' Group, who said some members were afraid to let their children play out.

A spokesman for ClearSprings said it had closed down the property in December after a consultation with North Somerset Council and NOMS.

He added: "The south west director of offender management has identified a requirement for one three-bedroom property in Weston for those who would usually be living privately on bail.

"We are consulting with the council, the police and the probation service to find a suitable premise elsewhere in the town but we have not found anywhere yet.

"It is hoped the new building will be able to house three people."

ClearSprings does not yet know how long it will take to find a new property.

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