Ex-offenders charity is invited to meeting

Milton Street in Fleetwood
Milton Street in Fleetwood

Officials from a charity which has just opened a half-way house for five ex-offenders in Fleetwood have been invited to a meeting in the town next week.

Langley House Trust acquired a property on Milton Street and it is understood that the first residents have now moved in.

Councillor Terry Rogers.

Councillor Terry Rogers.

Worried residents have voiced fears about the kind of ex-criminals who may come to live at the house.

They set up a petition which attracted more than 2,000 names in just a few days.

Langley House, which now has four such properties in the town, has sought to calm people’s fears.

Now Fleetwood Town Council has invited members of the Christian charity, based in Oxfordshire, to attend its next meeting at the North Euston Hotel on Tuesday, at 7pm.

Coun Terry Rogers, who represents Pharos ward which covers Milton Street, said: “Langley House officials have been invited to address the meeting. They will have a chance to allay people’s fears about this issue.

“There is nothing that can be done to stop the latest development, but if Langley House could answer questions it might be useful. We’ve had no response from them so far.”

Although no-one from Langley House was available for comment about next week’s meeting, a spokeswoman has already stated that the charity has no plans to open further properties in Fleetwood.

Samantha Waterton, communications manager for Langley House Trust, also said: “None of them are high risk offenders and we are very careful about the people we house in our properties, liaising with both the police and probation services.”

Fleetwood residents have voiced mixed views on social media about the housing project, although the majority have been critical.