Lincolnshire

Unit to help former drug users in Gainsborough

A £525,000 unit to help former drug users in Gainsborough back into the community is to be built in the town.

It will be built on the former West Lindsey District Council car park in Cross Street.

Planning permission has been granted and work is due to start on the five-bedroom unit in January. The first residents are expected in by August.

Paul Pearson, who runs the project, stressed workers would visit the unit's residents every day.

He said: "Where these sort of schemes are running elsewhere there have been very few problems but if issues do arise - with either residents or local people - we will act quickly to find a solution."

Residents would stay at the unit for an average of between a year and 18 months and anyone caught using illegal drugs would be asked to leave.

Organisers said the project was about getting people into work, education or training and helping them eventually move on to other housing options.

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