Shared housing worries

9 Marshall Avenue Bridlington NBFP PA1516-7
9 Marshall Avenue Bridlington NBFP PA1516-7

An application which would allow more tenants to live at a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has been met with objection by the Town Council and residents.

The landlord of nine Marshall Avenue, Rob McPhun, wants to increase the legally permitted number of tenants from six to 10, but says there are no plans that exceed any more than seven residents.

“I have applied for the licence because I want to make sure I’m not breaking the law if they bring their partners over for the night.
“There is a need for HMOs in the area because a lot of low-paid workers are unable to afford a deposit on their homes.

“The local police are aware and are keeping an eye on the street because of the relationship between the nearby hostel. I have also installed CCTV at the entrance to the property both inside and outside.”

But Bridlington Town Council recommended the application should be “strongly refused” because: “there are already several issues with HMOs in Bridlington.”

“The Town council has recently raised concerns to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council with regards to overpopulation and saturation of these establishments in Bridlington and the investigation into the concerns is currently ongoing.”

One local guest house owner, who did not want to be named, said: “They are low-rent places and the idea is to fit as many beds in as possible. Because everything is shared, the facilities tend to be very basic. It’s mostly young people who have left home and really should be in supervised accommodation. There is also a lot of movement between nine Marshall Avenue and the hostel on the street.”

Mr D. Saul, of Commercial Stationers, said the “anti-social behaviour” of residents at another HMO in the town has had a negative impact on his business.

Formerly objecting to the application he said: “A similar short stay accommodation already on the street is having a noticeable affect on my customers; this will only be made worse by this proposed development. Allied to this is the possible increase in alcohol-related disturbances, anti-social or criminal activity such as drug abuse and trading.”

At a meeting of the Bridlington Central Action Group on Wednesday, Mr Barrie Craven, the co-owner of the Birchdale HMO site on Tennyson Avenue, said the town should welcome landlords and developers of such properties.

“The council need to make sure HMOs are properly managed,” he said, “We have been commended for our property and have had no problems there whatsoever.”