Longlevens councillor Paul James, who is also leader of Gloucester City Council, says he ‘understands’ his residents’ concerns about a home for ex-servicemen and women.
Vital support for vulnerable ex-servicemen and women could be offered in Longlevens if planners agree to charity Alabare’s plans to open a new eight bed shelter in Church Road.
Some residents say they are worried about the effect the plans could have on the area.
Mr James has found himself caught in the middle of appeasing residents whilst not being seen to be knocking a facility of veterans. He told fellow councillors last week: “I am a supporter of what Alabare are trying to do. I was chairing a meeting of residents in my ward last Wednesday. The concerns that residents expressed are understandable.
“I don’t believe there will be any detrimental impact on the area. I understand their concerns but I believe their fears will be allayed.”