Chaos claim

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

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.”

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