Londonderry alcoholic housing unit plan 'scrapped'

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Plans for a controversial housing scheme for alcoholics on the former site of a care home in Derry have been scrapped.

Oaklee Trinity Housing Association had planned to open a 24-bed unit for people with alcohol dependency on the Nazareth House site in Bishop Street.

However, there was angry reaction from residents who opposed the unit.

Oaklee Trinity Housing Association has confirmed that alternative locations are now being examined.

The alcohol dependency unit was part of a wider housing plan for the site.

It led to heated exchanges at a public meeting last month, as residents living near the Bishop Street site voiced strong opposition to the proposal.

About 150 people attended the meeting, during which many residents expressed worries about a possible upsurge in anti-social behaviour.

The principal of Nazareth House Primary School was among those who outlined their concerns about the impact of the facility on the surrounding area.

Under the housing association's proposals, the alcohol dependency unit was to be managed by DePaul Ireland, an organisation that works with the homeless.

Oaklee Housing is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 1992.

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