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Residents angry as G4S children's home is approved
11:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are “angry and disappointed” after councillors approved a controversial children’s care home on their doorstep.
Cherwell district councillors voted to approve the change of use application from G4S to convert residential property Magnolia House, in Banbury Road, Bicester, into a six-bedroom care home for five children aged 10 to 18.
Neighbours had raised concerns over access, noise, and increased traffic problems.
Shaun Robinson, of Taylor Close, who spoke at the meeting on Thursday for residents, said: “We came away very angry and very disappointed. They didn’t listen to any of our objections.
“How they can say it will be run like a family home? The first intake of kids will be gone in six months then there will be another intake. What sort of stability is that for local people?”
Twenty-one people objected and a petition of 63 signatures was handed to the council. Cherwell officers had recommended the plans for approval.
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