School joins protest against ex-lags hostel

St Helens Council received the application last month
St Helens Council received the application last month

The governors of a St Helens school have joined protests against plans for a hostel for released prisoners.

The 13-bedroom facility is planned for Sutton Road and, if approved, will be manned by two part-time staff.

Proposals were submitted to St Helens Council last month, with a public consultation closing today (Wednesday).

More than 50 letters of objections have been submitted, including one from the governors of St Cuthbert’s school.

The letters explains how one pupil was recently knocked over by a scrambler bike on Ashtons Green Drive.

It states: “Most recently one of our year 11 students was walking home having finished school for the day when a scrambler bike was in collision with her.”

The school said it considered the siting “ill-considered”, pointing out it is “opposite a local pub, in close proximity to several primary schools and 0.6 miles from our school on a road that is used by 20 per cent of our students on their journey to and from school”.

Taylor Street resident Michelle Galavan wrote: “I am all for rehabilitation but at the right time place and location and no detrimental effect on surrounding established communities.”

She added: “There is a general feeling of unease and being unsafe with the thought of this development.

“Local business and property owners are fearing the fall of house prices and business revenue”.