Residents of a Burnside street have vowed to keep a diary of noise at a children’s care home to prove the facility is not being properly managed.
Householders who live near the home say their lives have been disrupted by teens who, they claim, continually shout and swear in the street.
Residents of a Burnside street have vowed to keep a diary of noise and anti-social behaviour at a children’s care home to prove the facility is not being properly managed.
Householders who live near the home say their lives have been disrupted by teens whom, they claim, continually shout and swear in the street.
They argue the failure of the staff to manage this behaviour has resulted in a heavy police presence outside their homes on a regular basis.
Several residents have voiced their concerns about the home, run by Inspire Scotland, after it hit the headlines last Monday, August 3 when two teenage girls staged a dramatic protest.
Police and fire fighters rushed to the scene at 11am when the duo climbed out of a window on to the roof of the home and refused to come down.
They were eventually coaxed off the roof after an hour by emergency services who had also closed off the road in which the home is situated.
One neighbour of the Burnside home told the Reformer she was contacting South Lanarkshire Council, social work and police in the hope someone would address her concerns.
Explaining she was not satisfied with Inspire Scotland’s response to the problems she was experiencing, she said: “Girls are swearing outside my window.
“A boy walks up and down the street shouting and bawling to the staff, abusing them. I had to go out last week to tell him to calm down, that I wasn’t prepared to listen to it.
“There have been windows smashed, people coming into our driveway and staff are coming and going 24/7. They are sitting on the wall in the middle of the night. My daughter has exams and she couldn’t study with the noise.”
The mother-of-two said she was becoming increasingly worried about the impact the repeated disruption was having on her own children.
“After the incident on Monday they said social work are involved and I totally appreciate they have concerns for the kids, but where is the concern for the residents,” she added.
“I have spoken to neighbours and we have all been told by the council or the police that if we have any concerns to call. We haven’t been doing that, we have been trying to deal with it ourselves by going directly to them. It’s sad but we are going to have to go to the police constantly and record incident numbers.”
Brian Hill, director at Inspire Scotland, said the company is unable to go into detail on the issues raised by residents because of the sensitive nature of the work carried out at the home.
But a spokesman for the Care Inspectorate, the regulatory body for children’s care homes, said it was keeping the care home under close review.
He said: “We have been properly notified of this incident and have reviewed what the care home has done since.
“We inspect all care homes at least every year, and anyone with concerns can contact us on 0345 6009527.
“We expect all young people to experience safe, high-quality and compassionate care that reflects their needs.”