Childrens’ home plan for Kilsyth meets with opposition from neighbours.

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Appalled elderly residents of a quiet Kilsyth street have vowed to fight a controversial new development on their doorstep.

Colzium View used to house a bed and breakfast but now the business could become residential accommodation for young people as an alternative to fostering.

Neighbours insist this is a smokescreen and that undesirables, not minors, will be housed there.

This application has been entered by a private firm in Kirkintilloch called Inspire Scotland who say they want to help youngsters rebuild their lives through methods known as “social pedagogy”.

Inspired has a residential homes in rural South Lanarkshire but this development would be a first in North Lanarkshire.

Colzium View resident Linda Miller who has circulated a petition said: “This is a cracking street with lovely views. I have had sleepless nights thinking about this proposal. It is not suitable for this area.

“We have been advised that a change in the law could mean that adults up to 26 could be staying here. They’ve been through the system, they’ve got a lot of problems. That is not what we want here.’’

When it was put to her that individuals who need help have to be placed somewhere she replied: “The building itself cannot house that many people and there is not enough parking.’’

However Inspired Director’s Brian Hill denied adults would be catered to as the youngsters involved will be under 18s – who will attend local schools.

He said:“This attitude worries me because they are stigmatising these children before they arrive.

“Some are on the autistic spectrum, some may be registered blind. Some are looking for a second or third chance.

“The one thing they have in common is that they have been failed by adults.They deserve to live in a good area. There’s a shortage of care here.’’