Anger at Nazareth House alcohol unit

Anger at Nazareth House alcohol unit

Opposition is growing over plans to convert the former Nazareth House residential home in Londonderry into an alcohol unit.

The proposals will be outlined at a public meeting on Tuesday night but locals in Bishop Street are objecting as there are already three other drink dependency units in the area. Housing association Oaklee Trinity is planning to turn part of the former home into a 24-bed unit to cater for people with the long-term problems of homelessness and alcohol misuse.The building backs onto a primary school and faces a grammar school.Local people have told UTV they are united against the plans, saying there are already enough of these services in the area and they don't want to see any more.Ivor Doherty said: "Children will see all sorts of behaviour in Bishops Street, they'll see people lying out with drink, we already see that in other streets like John Street and people don't want that."Linda McKinney said: "We can't cope with another unit in this area, we don't have the capacity, we can't cope and that's what needs to be looked at here."Nazareth House has a dark past as a children's home, but the nuns have now left and the building is up for sale with Oaklee saying it could potentially provide a home for life for the residents.However the building hasn't yet been bought and no planning application has been made. The housing association has said it wants to consult with locals and will explain its proposals during a public meeting, while residents plan to outline their opposition.

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