Objections to drug rehab centre in Workington

Objections have been raised over plans to open a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in West Cumbria.

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust wants to open the clinic in Workington.

Allerdale Council has received 22 letters of objection from business owners and residents claiming it will bring a rise in town centre crime.

The trust said there had not been a "detrimental effect" in other areas where the clinics had been opened.

Proposals are for the centre to open in an empty shop unit in Finkle Street close to a £120m shopping centre.

Needle exchange

Concerns are that the rehab centre - which would include a needle exchange for drug addicts - could also lead to increased drug use and discarded needles in the town centre.

Objectors also claim it would be "intimidating" for elderly residents living nearby and would create a poor impression of the town.

Gill Green, director of nursing and operations, said: "We fully understand concerns, however we fully consulted with the local planning office, police and town managers to take into consideration things like public safety and the impact on traffic.

"We have met with local residents, and should the planning decision be successful next week, we will continue to engage.

"It is important to note that we have opened a number of drug and alcohol recovery centres all over the North West and we have not yet incurred any problems where the centre has had a detrimental effect on local residents."

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