Anger over hostel for migrant workers

Opposition to a scheme to build a hostel for migrant workers in the fens is building with nearly 90 concerned villagers signing a petition to send to the government.

Opposition to a scheme to build a hostel for migrant workers in the Fens is building, with nearly 90 concerned villagers signing a petition to send to the government.

It is the second time the scheme to convert Crown House on West Head Road, Stow Bridge, into a 40-bed hostel has come before West Norfolk Council. Earlier this year, the scheme was submitted but withdrawn before councillors had a chance to discuss it.

The application has been met with widespread opposition from residents who are concerned that the village's limited amenities will not cope with the influx of people.

Objections have flooded into the council and 86 people have signed a petition calling for it to be turned down, which has been sent to Hazel Blears, secretary of state for communities and local government, and North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

Objections include the limited public transport and fears that the hostel could result in the village getting a poor reputation.

The petition also said: "A sudden increase in the number of residents will change the feel of the village and compromise the feeling of community."

Most Read

The applicant has said that all residents at the hostel would be EU workers, there would be a warden on site at all times and only residents would be allowed to stay overnight.

The application will be considered by West Norfolk Council's development control board on September 3.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter