Saturday, 27 January 2007

Wicklow locals voice fears about treatment centre plans

The Wicklow People tells us that Residents living on Marlton Road are currently engaged in talks with the town council to ensure their fears over the community addiction services centre based on the road are listened to.

Just before Christmas, An Bord Pleanala overturned a decision made by Wicklow Town Council and gave the centre the green light.

Part of the report maintained that the centre would be used mainly for counselling of people suffering from addiction and their families and loved ones, and the premises wouldn't be used for the dispensing of medicines. Medical treatment remains the exclusive statutory responsibility of the HSE.

While many residents remain concerned about the development, they at lest feel that the town council are taking their worries on board.

David Lang, Chairman of the Residents Association, says 'we have been engaged with the town council and the talks have proved very constructive. We want to ensure that the clinic adheres to the conditions.

'There are a number of points we have suggested and the discussions are still ongoing.'

While the Residents Association now accepts that the clinic will soon be up and running, they still maintain that Marlton Road isn't the correct location.

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