Children’s home plan condemned by councillor

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A COUNCILLOR has slammed a decision to approve the purchase of a three-bedroom home in Milton for use as a children’s care home.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said Portsmouth City Council’s vow to buy the property in Priory Crescent was made with ‘a total lack of consultation’ and would lead to trouble for the neighbours.

The council is buying the property to replace an existing children’s home called Sky Close, which has been deemed too large and costly to keep.

But Cllr Vernon-Jackson said not even the next-door neighbours were consulted about the purchase.

He said: ‘There were 25 objections from local residents at the council meeting.

‘They haven’t even consulted the neighbours and that seems really bad.’

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said the council already ‘expected trouble’ to happen at the home.

The council anticipates saving £75,000 a year by moving the home. Cllr Luke Stubbs said some of the criticisms of the move were ‘rather overboard’.