Sneinton residents are campaigning against plans to transform a former Salvation Army building into a homeless shelter.
An application has been drafted to convert Notintone House into a facility for around 100 rough sleepers.
It is hoped that the property will provide not only shelter but rehabilitation for problems such as mental and physical health or substance and alcohol misuse, focusing on recovery and giving people independence and another chance in life.
A Facebook group called Sneinton Residents Against Proposed Changes to Notintone House, has been set up opposing the plans.
Liz Hamedi, 22, a Nottingham Trent University student who has lived in Sneinton for about 18 months, recently received a leaflet on her doorstep from the group inviting her to sign a petition against the facility.
She said: “I can’t comprehend why anyone would be against homing someone else. I previously have been homeless myself and the fact that someone would want to deny anyone a home, just doesn’t seem logical to me.
“Just to eat warm food, and know that someone is not going to steal your stuff while you are sleeping, to know that someone cares about you and your rehabilitation is something everyone should have.”
Liz’s long-time friend, Tammy Spry, 20, is also a Nottingham Trent University student who has lived in Sneinton her whole life and also received the leaflet.
The fact that Notintone House is facing a nursery school has lifted some worries among Tammy and her family members, although she is totally in favour of the shelter.
She said: “From growing up in this area I know there are a lot of people sort of wandering around that could be a danger to children, but if it is in a controlled environment maybe it will help reduce people walking around the streets.
“The building will help people build themselves back up and maybe get in a better situation.”
“You can never have too much help”
Tammy Spry, 20, a NTU STUDENT RESIDING IN sNEINTON
On the other side of the coin, residents Filipo Walker, 36, an unemployed IT specialist who has lived in Sneinton for approximately 13 years has experience in dealing with the homeless and the problems surrounding them.
He understands the concerns of his fellow neighbours. Mr Walker said: “They are concerned with their elder relatives, their community’s crime rate, children at this school seeing, experiencing and possibly being influenced by negative and destructive behaviour which surrounds the homeless.
“When it comes to the homeless you have to be very careful, what, why and how you’re going to facilitate their supposed recovery. You must be sure about it because if you’re not sure about it, you would be ruining more lives than you’re convinced you’re saving.”
“you would be ruining more lives than you’re convinced you’re saving.”
Filipo Walker, 36, aN OPPONENT sneinton resident
Leader of Nottingham City Council and Sneinton resident, Coun David Mellen, is supporting the application and has moved to reassure residents that the facility will be a positive move for the community.
Mr Walker added: “I believe that if David Mellen himself is going to be here and personally responsible to put his job on the line the minute that anybody is harmed as a result of this centre, then I am all for it.”
Fearing the consequences of the future accommodation, an anonymous female living just around the corner to Notintone House added: “If there were proposals that said we’re putting CCTV in place, there’s going to be more security patrolling and something to improve the local area, my opinion would be different.
“I live alone and I like to walk into town and back again, but I am not sure how comfortable I am going to feel doing that if I know that the street is being used by people who aren’t locals, who aren’t necessarily friends to Sneinton, who might be influenced by drugs or alcohol.
“Everyone does deserve a roof above their head and to feel safe. And by that I mean everybody, not just homeless people or residents, but both,” added the 32-year-old.
The plans for the building are still at an early stage and according to Coun Mellen, if the site is approved, the earliest work would begin is around Christmas 2021.