Corner Brook neighbours rally against group home
A petition that has so far attracted 155 signatures against a privately owned youth home has been presented to Corner Brook city council, along with a call to get rid of the facility.
"It's hell now," said Glen Knee, who spoke to council on behalf of a nine-member delegation from a west end neighbourhood to complain about a group home operated by the company Blue Sky.
Knee said police show up in the area on a daily basis, and that there have been problems since four boys showed up to live in the Level 4 foster home about a month ago.
"A number of incidents that have happened there, in the last three to four weeks, which has made life uncomfortable for the residents," said Knee, citing incidents of trespassing, swearing and even a case in which a boy urinated on his shed.
Anne Whalen, Blue Sky's chief executive officer and president, acknowledged that there were some problems when the home first opened, although she said the company did everything by the book.
"There isn't a particular process that's required, in terms of consulting with neighbours or any of those things, and so I wouldn't expect that the petition would change much," Whalen said.
But Knee said the residents believe council should have done more to inform the neighbourhood of the new home.
"Our biggest concern is that there was no consultation process in place," Knee told CBC News.
"If you want to park a backhoe in your front garden or in your driveway, you need to have to have a public announcement and residents get a chance to speak on this. We were never told anything - it just appeared one day, and since that time, we've been trying to deal with it."