LETTER: hostel is a vital service and I would fight closure



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On reading in the Advertiser the report entitled ‘Complaints made over youth hostel’ I was left feeling utterly dismayed by the comments of two local councillors.

Whilst I do sympathise with local residents who have been affected by alleged anti-social behaviour (ASB), there surely must be something that can be done to address this problem rather than closing this vital community service.

I attended a meeting a few years ago when there was one complainant at the time wanting Stepping Stones in Eastwood to be closed for ASB reasons. Most residents who attended the meeting supported the hostel, feeling that it was a good community service for the area and much needed for youngsters who have either left home through no fault of their own or indeed been thrown out of their family home.


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