Mr Eric Steel, Head of Homeless Services for Glasgow City Council, addressed the April 7th meeting of Woodside Community Council. He confirmed that the residential home for the elderly currently in 25 Burnbank Gardens is being emptied of residents in preparation for its conversion to a homeless unit for up to 40 single men. The changeover is proposed for June 2014 and will be a temporary arrangement for two years until permanent new facilities are constructed in the north and south of the city.
Mr Steel confirmed that the proposed new residents would have a variety of backgrounds possibly including alcohol or substance abuse and offenders released from prison. The City is currently unable to meet its statutory requirements for housing homeless people and the temporary use of Burnbank House is necessary. The facility when adapted would be managed by an outside agency probably in this case the Salvation Army.
It was pointed out to Mr Steel that all of the properties adjacent to the proposed homeless unit house elderly and vulnerable people and that insufficient adaptations are proposed to ensure their security. It was also noted by the police officers present at the meeting that all local and similar homeless units had in the past caused an increase in neighbourhood petty crime. Your Community Council expressed dismay in general at these proposals and is to seek safeguards regarding security and has requested and been granted visits to other homeless units to view their management.
If you live in or near Burnbank Gardens and have a view on these proposals then please contact us with your opinion.