No prejudice over autism care home

Residents at Okebourne Park, Liden. Pictured, front, are councillors for Liden and Eldene, Neil Heavens and Derique Montaut

Residents at Okebourne Park, Liden. Pictured, front, are councillors for Liden and Eldene, Neil Heavens and Derique Montaut

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A HUNDRED Liden residents met South Swindon MP Robert Buckland to discuss development in the area and the housing of the autistic people at a public meeting.

Autism Care Ltd recently abandoned plans to build a care home in Okebourne Park when residents objected to traffic flow and premature works.

Residents and the MP stressed at the meeting that there was no hint of prejudice against autistic people from objectors.

Dick Wilkinson, vice-chairman of the Okebourne Park Action Committee, said the residents recognised the need for care homes for special needs, but that we would have liked a public meeting before the application was put in so that everybody could be clear about the plans.

“There needs to be scrutiny of the way in which applications for domestic dwellings being turned into businesses can be slipped through without there being any capacity for people to do anything about it.”

Robert Buckland, who has a child with autism, was keen to address issues of prejudice and was pleased to find none.

“I was concerned that there was a suggestion that residents were being prejudiced with people with autism,” he said. “I gave a frankly blunt presentation, but I was very pleased with the positive response I got.

“What they [the residents] are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it.

“I think now is the opportunity for us to have a wider debate about how we care for an increasing number of adults who have autism. That is a challenge for all of us, and we do not want to send people away to far-flung care homes.”

Derique Montaut (Lab, Liden and Eldene) said the application would now be discussed at committee.

He said: “I wasn’t prepared to put down vulnerable groups, in the sense that they have a part to play in the wider communities and the families that we have.

“It was put to the meeting regarding the issue of whether residents were opposed in principle to a care home in the area, and the answer was a unanimous no.

“Recent legislation allows vulnerable groups to operate within communities, which is absolutely right.

“I have now called in the application because there have been concerns it would not be debated in an open and transparent environment, and it will go before the planning committee in September.

“All this might have been avoided if Autism Care came to the council in an open and transparent way and discussed the matter with them to find an appropriate site.”

Stuart Hook, of Autism Care Ltd, said: “What we did not have was any correspondence last week from council planners saying they were publishing the application. I would have been very happy to talk to residents, and we offered a meeting ourselves when we knew the plans had been published.

“The works carried out on the trees and hedges were covered by permitted planning and were not part of the application. Unfortunately we were not invited to the meeting.”

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8:45am Fri 1 Aug 14

nigelej says...

How rediculas that the company was not invited to the meeting and the residents were complaint about transparenty . Surly this was the ideal time for all groups to get together and put there cards on the table . Start a fresh .
How rediculas that the company was not invited to the meeting and the residents were complaint about transparenty . Surly this was the ideal time for all groups to get together and put there cards on the table . Start a fresh . nigelej
  • Score: 11

8:59am Fri 1 Aug 14

Oik1 says...

It's begining to look like a bit of a balls up on both sides, the local residents have made their feelings known, as distastefull as they are, no spin will change that from here on.
Let's hope the council planning commitee and Autism Care can get together to come to an amicable agreement with regard to planning rules and get the home set up ready in Oakbourne Park for the most important people in this whole sorry saga, the prospective residents.
It's begining to look like a bit of a balls up on both sides, the local residents have made their feelings known, as distastefull as they are, no spin will change that from here on. Let's hope the council planning commitee and Autism Care can get together to come to an amicable agreement with regard to planning rules and get the home set up ready in Oakbourne Park for the most important people in this whole sorry saga, the prospective residents. Oik1
  • Score: 3

9:05am Fri 1 Aug 14

messyits says...

Here we are again--Councillors in full knowledge there is a covenant existing on the estate and clear knowledge the subject property falls within residential usage. I has also been made known numerous properties in the estate are being used for business and have been for many years and they have the audacity to object to less fortunate living in a nice environment--time for those councillors to be scrutinised--one of which we all know to be biased.
Here we are again--Councillors in full knowledge there is a covenant existing on the estate and clear knowledge the subject property falls within residential usage. I has also been made known numerous properties in the estate are being used for business and have been for many years and they have the audacity to object to less fortunate living in a nice environment--time for those councillors to be scrutinised--one of which we all know to be biased. messyits
  • Score: 14

10:39am Fri 1 Aug 14

fedupagain says...

So "“What they are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it". A simple google search gives details of at least ten different businesses trading from Okebourne Park addresses, several have at least two trading names.

Perhaps the residents and local councillors should look at objecting to these businesses rather than something 'residential' which gives people with autism the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in an environment suited to their needs!

Incidentally, perhaps the Adver photographers should look at a different pose for their photos!
So "“What they [the residents] are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it". A simple google search gives details of at least ten different businesses trading from Okebourne Park addresses, several have at least two trading names. Perhaps the residents and local councillors should look at objecting to these businesses rather than something 'residential' which gives people with autism the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in an environment suited to their needs! Incidentally, perhaps the Adver photographers should look at a different pose for their photos! fedupagain
  • Score: 12

11:06am Fri 1 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

fedupagain wrote:
So "“What they are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it". A simple google search gives details of at least ten different businesses trading from Okebourne Park addresses, several have at least two trading names.

Perhaps the residents and local councillors should look at objecting to these businesses rather than something 'residential' which gives people with autism the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in an environment suited to their needs!

Incidentally, perhaps the Adver photographers should look at a different pose for their photos!
Maybe on this occasion a 2 finger salute would have been more appropriate for their selfish attitudes?
[quote][p][bold]fedupagain[/bold] wrote: So "“What they [the residents] are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it". A simple google search gives details of at least ten different businesses trading from Okebourne Park addresses, several have at least two trading names. Perhaps the residents and local councillors should look at objecting to these businesses rather than something 'residential' which gives people with autism the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in an environment suited to their needs! Incidentally, perhaps the Adver photographers should look at a different pose for their photos![/p][/quote]Maybe on this occasion a 2 finger salute would have been more appropriate for their selfish attitudes? house on the hill
  • Score: 7

11:06am Fri 1 Aug 14

swindondad says...

If the objections of the residents is TRULY about running business from homes in the area would they like to "name and shame" all those already doing so:

The Childminders, The Avon reps, Those self employed as Taxi drivers or in the building trades etc. How about those with a "home office" in there spare room or those running online companies.

No I thought Not.
If the objections of the residents is TRULY about running business from homes in the area would they like to "name and shame" all those already doing so: The Childminders, The Avon reps, Those self employed as Taxi drivers or in the building trades etc. How about those with a "home office" in there spare room or those running online companies. No I thought Not. swindondad
  • Score: 1

11:12am Fri 1 Aug 14

PJC says...

fedupagain wrote:
So "“What they are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it". A simple google search gives details of at least ten different businesses trading from Okebourne Park addresses, several have at least two trading names.

Perhaps the residents and local councillors should look at objecting to these businesses rather than something 'residential' which gives people with autism the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in an environment suited to their needs!

Incidentally, perhaps the Adver photographers should look at a different pose for their photos!
Maybe insert the odd photo with hands on hips. Folded arms is getting boring....!
[quote][p][bold]fedupagain[/bold] wrote: So "“What they [the residents] are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it". A simple google search gives details of at least ten different businesses trading from Okebourne Park addresses, several have at least two trading names. Perhaps the residents and local councillors should look at objecting to these businesses rather than something 'residential' which gives people with autism the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in an environment suited to their needs! Incidentally, perhaps the Adver photographers should look at a different pose for their photos![/p][/quote]Maybe insert the odd photo with hands on hips. Folded arms is getting boring....! PJC
  • Score: 2

6:06pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

PJC wrote:
fedupagain wrote:
So "“What they are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it". A simple google search gives details of at least ten different businesses trading from Okebourne Park addresses, several have at least two trading names.

Perhaps the residents and local councillors should look at objecting to these businesses rather than something 'residential' which gives people with autism the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in an environment suited to their needs!

Incidentally, perhaps the Adver photographers should look at a different pose for their photos!
Maybe insert the odd photo with hands on hips. Folded arms is getting boring....!
Maybe insert the odd photo with hands on hips. Folded arms is getting boring....!


Then they'd look like they were doing The Time Warp 👯👯
[quote][p][bold]PJC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupagain[/bold] wrote: So "“What they [the residents] are focusing on is the issue of businesses being allowed to operate from areas where there are restrictive covenants forbidding it". A simple google search gives details of at least ten different businesses trading from Okebourne Park addresses, several have at least two trading names. Perhaps the residents and local councillors should look at objecting to these businesses rather than something 'residential' which gives people with autism the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in an environment suited to their needs! Incidentally, perhaps the Adver photographers should look at a different pose for their photos![/p][/quote]Maybe insert the odd photo with hands on hips. Folded arms is getting boring....![/p][/quote][quote] Maybe insert the odd photo with hands on hips. Folded arms is getting boring....! [/quote] Then they'd look like they were doing The Time Warp 👯👯 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 4

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