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We the undersigned petition Woking Borough Council to stop the proposed York Road Project halfway-house in Wilbury Road. More details
Petition update 3 from the council, 25 October 2011Woking Borough Council and residents of Wilbury Road have agreed that the appropriate use of 3 Wilbury Road is to meet the needs of a local family seeking affordable housing. Accordingly, the Council, working with the owner of the property, will complete the works necessary to bring this empty house back into use.
The Council's Chief Executive, Ray Morgan, said: "The Council works hard to meet the needs of vulnerable people within the Borough and to bring empty properties back into use. However, in this case it failed to engage effectively with the residents of Wilbury Road and I am sorry for the distress this has caused. The residents of Wilbury Road have always argued the property is more suitable for a family. Accordingly, agreement has been reached with the residents which will now enable a family in need of affordable housing to be provided with a home."
Spokesperson for the residents, Phil Miller, said: "We are grateful for the help that has been given to us by all of our Ward Councillors. The residents are pleased that the Council has now realised that the manner in which it engaged with residents in respect of bringing this empty property back into use was poorly managed and caused unnecessary distress to all concerned. We now look forward to a family in need of affordable housing joining us in Wilbury Road and hope that the Council will manage future cases more effectively and has learnt from its errors and omissions in this case."
Petition update 2 from the council, 07 October 2011Thank you for submitting a petition to Woking Borough Council in relation to a property in Wilbury Road, Woking, received on 6 October 2011.
The number of signatures received through the e-petition and on paper exceeds the threshold required for a petition to be referred to a meeting of Full Council. The petition will be debated at the next meeting of Council, to be held on Thursday, 20 October 2011 at 7.00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of the Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking. Mr Miller, or his nominee, has been invited to attend the meeting to present the petition.
The outcome of the Council’s consideration will be published following the meeting.
Petition update 1 from the council, 05 October 2011At the request of the petitioner, the end date of this petition has been amended to 5 October 2011.
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No. 3 Wilbury Road is undergoing renovations to house four homeless tenants on a term from 1 month to 2 years. These tenants have been described as low risk, however they may be ex-offenders and/or have previous issues with drugs and alcohol. Wilbury Road is a quiet cul-de-sac of only 11 family houses. There is no passing traffic, we are not patrolled by the police and any incidents that occur would need to be reported by the residents of the street i.e. we will end up policing the project ourselves. Living next door and sharing a driveway with the project is a single mother with 4 young girls and there are a further 6 children within 2 doors of the project. Whilst we are sympathetic to the plight of homeless people in the Borough we feel that this project has been badly conceived, managed and communicated. Number 3 would make an excellent home for one of the families awaiting council housing within the Borough. However this project has the potential to ruin a close-knit community, filling it with fear of the new residents and distrust for the Council. We ask that you support us in our bid to raise this issue at the next Executive meeting and ensure that the progress on the project is halted.