Building to help young Wyre Forest homeless

Building the future: How the £1.6 million Bromsgrove Street Foyer will look when complete.

Building the future: How the £1.6 million Bromsgrove Street Foyer will look when complete.

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BUILDING work is set to begin on a controversial £1.6 million housing development for homeless young people in Kidderminster.

The Bromsgrove Street Foyer will provide 19 units of accommodation, office space for staff and training space for its residents with the aim of helping 16 to 25- year-olds access training and employment, as well as giving them somewhere safe and secure to live.

Last June, plans provoked outrage from neighbouring traders on Lion Street, who said the location was becoming a “no-go area”, with drug addicts, alcoholics and homeless people being “dumped” near their businesses.

The new development has been financed through a mixture of funding streams from various sources, including WM Housing Group, the Homes and Communities Agency, Worcestershire County Council and Wyre Forest District Council.

The scheme will be managed by St Basils, a charity that works with 16 to 25-year-olds to prevent youth homelessness.

Emma Poole, St Basil’s service manager, said the charity was “looking forward” to getting to work.

“We have been based in Kidderminster since 2009, providing support to local young people and we can see how important schemes like this are,”

she explained. “It will mirror the scheme we have in Bromsgrove, which has proved to be a great success.”

Conservative councillor Anne Hingley, district council cabinet member for place-shaping, said: “This new development will make a real contribution to reducing levels of youth unemployment and homelessness.

“The council is approached by many young people every year.

Unfortunately, good quality, supported accommodation is very limited. This scheme will make a difference to the lives of the district’s young people.”

Anna Johnston, head of development at WM Housing Group, said statistics showed youth homelessness in England had grown by a “shocking” 15 per cent in 2012.

The foyer is a key development in the eastern gateway area of the town centre, which will be redeveloped as part of the council’s Rewyre regeneration programme.

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1:05pm Fri 25 Jan 13

nicky.griffiths says...

Am I mistaken? I thought in the County Council's planning application for change of use of the Library Gallery they said moving Social Services into the Gallery would not cause traffic and parking problems because they would have dedicated parking on this piece of land. If I am right, where are these staff meant to park now?
Am I mistaken? I thought in the County Council's planning application for change of use of the Library Gallery they said moving Social Services into the Gallery would not cause traffic and parking problems because they would have dedicated parking on this piece of land. If I am right, where are these staff meant to park now? nicky.griffiths
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10:00pm Fri 25 Jan 13

pottery1 says...

The Social Services Car Park is behind the Forest Glades in Bromsgrove Street next to the Glades

Cllr Helen Dyke
The Social Services Car Park is behind the Forest Glades in Bromsgrove Street next to the Glades Cllr Helen Dyke pottery1
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1:53am Sat 26 Jan 13

jules1611 says...

What does the library have to do with it?? This project is in bromsgrove street.
What does the library have to do with it?? This project is in bromsgrove street. jules1611
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9:18am Sat 26 Jan 13

nicky.griffiths says...

Jules, the staff they are moving into the Gallery at the library will be parking in Bromsgrove Street. Thank you Helen Dyke. This is not where we were originally told they would be parking but it is better than having them fighting for spaces with College and Academy staff who already have trouble finding parking spaces on the public car parks.
Jules, the staff they are moving into the Gallery at the library will be parking in Bromsgrove Street. Thank you Helen Dyke. This is not where we were originally told they would be parking but it is better than having them fighting for spaces with College and Academy staff who already have trouble finding parking spaces on the public car parks. nicky.griffiths
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