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No: 1299   Contributor: Gary Parkinson   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: England
Southwestern Proline

Photographed at Redruth Ambulance Station in Cornwall is this stylish Mercedes/Proline of Finland Accident & Emergency Ambulance.
Picture added on 30 June 2009 at 07:12
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Tarn West, Redruth as proposed site for replacement Homeless Shelter and Homeless Drop-in Centre

The proposal
Coastline propose closing down their Homeless Shelter and separate Drop-in Centre (currently based in Camborne), demolishing the Tarn West building situated in Redruth (where Drump Road meets Green Lane) and, on this land, building a replacement, larger Homelessness Shelter and Homeless Drop-In centre, as well as a number of ‘move on’ flats behind the main building.

Public Interest
It has come to our attention that few people are aware of these proposals on which planning is intended to be sought the end of June/early July 2016. This document is intended to address this discrepancy as the information is of public interest.
Last month a Public Consultation Meeting was held by Coastline. The public were supposed to be invited. Coastline claim to have endeavoured to post leaflets through the doors of two thirds of houses in the immediate area of the proposed site. A few people have said they received them. Consequently, Coastline staff outnumbered members of the public at the meeting.

Our objectives
To inform as many people who live and work in the Redruth area of the intended proposal so that they can make an informed decision about whether or not to exercise their right to object. If enough of us object it is hoped that we can prevent this happening to our town.
It was suggested at the Town Council Meeting held on 31st May, attended by Coastline representatives and around a dozen concerned members of the public, that Coastline hold another Public Consultation Meeting. Matt Ward, Head of Development responded that he did not feel this necessary.

Who we are
We are local people who object to the proposal. We care about those with homes and those without. We care about others. We also care about ourselves, our families, our community and the environment in which we live and work. We care about Redruth.

Our concerns and key points
Whilst we absolutely agree that there is a need for such provision as Coastline propose providing, we are concerned that the location of the proposed development will have a detrimental effect on Redruth and the people who live here.
At the recent Town Council Meeting, representatives of Coastline stated:
• Drugs nor alcohol would be permitted on the premises.
• Injecting misusers of drugs would have to return their needles to the shelter for safe disposal or face being asked to leave.
• The facility will provide shelter for both single people and families with children.
• People under the influence of drugs and alcohol will be permitted to return to the shelter.
• A ‘quiet room’ and outside space will be provided for those who need to calm down away from others
• A ‘police room’ will be provided
• A “concierge” will be on the door
• They did not feel it necessary to inform Redruth shopkeepers of the proposal

We are concerned that
• The proposed location is within metres of Redruth Children’s Centre, Flying Start Nursery, Pennoweth School, Curnow School (for children with Special Educational Needs), The Green (residential home for the elderly and mentally ill), Redruth Rugby Club, Redruth (very attractive as a shelter), Redruth Scouts and Lowenharts Day Nursery where a children’s skate park is planned.
• whilst Coastline did not deny that their service users would misuse drugs and alcohol, the fact they will not be permitted to do so on the premises, leaves our open areas – our town centre, children’s parks, the Rugby ground, the back lanes, the adjoining school field, local derelict buildings, etc – as likely areas for homeless persons to engage in these activities. Councillors who visited the Camborne premises recently experienced first-hand the truth of our concerns.
• where there is a demand for drugs, pushers will be attracted to the area.
• Coastline are expecting a lot of discipline of people who are used to chaotic lifestyles in assuming that they will return injecting paraphernalia to the shelter and clear up after themselves wherever they choose to misuse drugs and alcohol, returning to the ‘quiet room’ to either calm down or sleep off, as necessary.
• Coastline security, will not have the same powers as Police in addressing challenging behaviours. The ‘police room’ will be just that – a room. There will be no increased Police presence in Redruth. Response times will be longer from Camborne Station to here than they currently are from Camborne Station to Bassett Road and Bassett Street (current locations). Emergency services have confirmed that they were called out to the Camborne premises 100 times in the past year. A recent incident at Camborne Shelter involved the attendance of numerous emergency vehicles and staff. When Coastline were asked to respond to this fact they were unaware it had happened. Either they were not being truthful or such situations are the norm and did not warrant recollection.
• the outside space provided for those in need of an outlet will not only be in the vicinity of children staying at the hostel but also those in Pennoweth School field.
• whilst Coastline expressed not seeing a need to inform Redruth shopkeepers of their proposal, they declared needing to have monthly meetings with the shopkeepers local to the current shelter in Camborne. This reflects the concern that Coastline seem to have a ‘head in the sand’ attitude. Redruth shopkeepers have worked hard to stop street drinking that has hitherto been prevalent. The town council have worked hard to improve our town centre and surrounding area. We value these improvements and do not want decline.
• deprived people are being invited to receive support from a deprived area of high unemployment.
• every route out of Tarn West involves passing an outlet that sells alcohol. Whilst we recognise that alcohol is readily available, people are being set up to fail in their efforts to better themselves by placing the shelter in this location
• people who are unfortunate enough to find themselves homeless tend to have high, complex health needs. Cardrew Health Centre is closing, Clinton Road surgery failed to meet criteria and Manor Surgery seems to be at capacity.
• A cheque from Coastline for £3000 was accepted by Pennoweth school as the proposals were being announced. Matt Ward stated at the Town Council Meeting that Pennoweth School are not opposing the proposal. Governors of this and other local schools seem to know little or nothing about the proposals.
• RedYouth Community Youth Group have said that they will be reviewing their policy to encourage independence in children to walk to dance classes if this proposal goes ahead
• Concerns raised at the recent Town Council Meeting reflected those of parents - that the shelter will attract even more Schedule One sex offenders and other high risk people to the town.
• Legal advice indicates that since the Tarn West site is directly adjacent to, and within metres of, the boundary to the Plain-an-Gwarry Conservation area, there is a case for claiming that the environment of the Conservation area is threatened with negative impact by the proposed use of the Tarn West site, see Plain-an-Gwarry-CAA-and-MS-March-2010%20(3).pdf
• The proposals do not reflect Redruth’s Action Plan Project, see RAPP-Framework-2011_Final_webversion%20(1).pdf

The concerns listed here are not exhaustive. Each individual that objects to the proposal will have their own concerns.
How can you be empowered
We are informing people that if they feel they would like to object they have every right to do so. We suggest they begin writing their objections NOW. It only needs to be a few bullet points or a sentence or two, brief, to the point, polite. It might begin with: I wish to object to Coastline’s plans to build a homeless hostel and drop-in centre on the Tarn West site because . . . The concerns listed above are not exhaustive. Each individual that objects to the proposal will have their own personal concerns. If there are two (or more) adults in one house that object, we would urge each to submit their own objections. The more valid objections, the greater our likelihood of successfully overturning this proposal. Once the Planning Application goes ‘live’ it will be available on Cornwall Councils website and in The West Briton. We can then submit all our objections. You may do this individually. You can also send your objections to our email address and we will submit them for you: unitedforredruth@hotmail.com
The councillors in attendance at the recent Town Council Meeting were extremely supportive of our concerns. Our thanks to them.
Our objections


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