Antisocial fear over teen care home plan

Care home plans for Boxmoor
Care home plans for Boxmoor

Fears have been voiced that plans for a care home for teens could bring antisocial behaviour to Boxmoor.

Above Beyond Care, which takes in 16 to 18 year olds, wants to create a 10-bed facility in St John’s Road, where flats currently stand.

If given the go ahead, the young people setting up home there would mostly come from a care or foster homes.

As part of their tenancy they would receive one-to-one help from a support worker to learn key life skills.

But out of the 11 neighbours consulted about the proposal, five have so far objected, with fears voiced that it could bring trouble and strife to the area and exacerbate already existing night-time drinking and drug problems on the cricket ground.

Objectors Hemel Hempstead Town Cricket Club told Dacorum Borough Council: “We are very concerned that a concentration of 10 socially challenged young people in one house, each on a temporary basis with no previous connection with this residential area of Hemel Hempstead, is asking for trouble.”

The club, along with other neighbours, also highlighted ongoing issued with antisocial behaviour on the cricket ground.

The objection letter said: “We have to deal with a mass of litter and discarded products almost daily and there is regular evidence of under-age drinking and drug abuse.

While another objector said: “A residency of 10 youths with previous social instability is likely to lead to an increase of crime and social disturbance. Boxmoor is a family community and I strongly believe the balance of the area will decline due to the temporary housing of young individuals with no links or background to Hemel or Boxmoor.”

Concerns were also raised about the impact the care home could have on house prices and that two neighbouring venues offering alcohol - a restaurant and an entertainment venue - may prove too much temptation to resist for the teens.

A decision on the planning application by the council’s development control committee is due by early September.