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Plans submitted for Weymouth rehab centre

Basil Towers B&B Abbotsbury Road Weymouth

11:01am 13th September 2017

Plans have been submitted to convert a Weymouth guest house into a centre to help local people recover from drug and alcohol abuse.

Dorset County Council wants to invest half a million pounds into the borough to deal with the problem.

Under the proposal 22 Abbotsbury Road in Westham would be turned into a Recovery Hub.

Councillor Steve Butler, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for safeguarding, said: "After extensive research of available properties, 22 Abbotsbury Road was chosen as it offers the best balance between a central location accessible on foot or by public transport, the right amount of space inside and outside the building, and affordability.

"We understand that some local people are not in favour of the property we've chosen, concerned that the Hub would be too close to an off-licence and pharmacy, but the reality is that many of us live where both alcohol and other drugs are easily accessible, and people need to learn to stay well in their local community.

"There is strong evidence that treating people where they live works."

Dorset residents can give their views on the planning application by CLICKING HERE.

The consultation period is due to end on 13 October, with the application considered by the county council Regulatory Committee in due course.

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