Rehab fears grown

OVER 100 residents are gearing up to fight a new drug rehab centre in Weston. Residents are lining up to fight a centre due to open at 18 Whitecross Road next year. Rehab firm Western Counselling are preparing to move what it is calling an administrative

OVER 100 residents are gearing up to fight a new drug rehab centre in Weston. Residents are lining up to fight a centre due to open at 18 Whitecross Road next year.Rehab firm Western Counselling are preparing to move what it is calling an administrative centre there from Walliscote Road. But it told the Weston Mercury last week that drug, alcohol and other addicts would be treated there during working hours.North Somerset Council is now questioning the move because planning permission was granted on the basis that the building would be used as offices.Over 100 residents and business owners have signed a petition to fight the move.Town councillor Jos Holder said: "Once we found out it would be used as a treatment centre and will have addicts visiting, the local traders and residents were not happy. A council spokesman said: "We are aware of the rumours about what use the premises will be put to."We are writing to the applicants to clarify what use they will put the building to. If there is a change from what they originally put in their application, then that might need a change of use and they will have to go through the planning process again."A Western Counselling spokesman said the firm had been contacted by North Somerset and Weston Town Council but did not want to comment.


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