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South Oxhey Hostel

Volume 403: debated on Wednesday 9 April 2003

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7 pm

I wish to present a petition on behalf of the residents of South Oxhey, an estate in my constituency, recording the objections of residents to a proposal to develop a homeless young persons' hostel in Gosforth lane, South Oxhey—on a site designated metropolitan green belt—on the basis that it might be considered dangerous, as the site is close to the road, on a bend, and off-street parking would be more appropriate.

If I am to be strictly accurate I cannot say that the residents' objection is unanimous, but I am also accurate in saying that not one person has told me that he or she is in favour of the proposal. I must, I suppose, confine myself to saying that the vast majority oppose it. Over 1,000 signatures have been recorded in a very small area over just a few days, and even more are being collected as I speak. I join my constituents in urging the Government to take steps to prevent the development of the hostel.

To lie upon the Table.