Feelings are running high in Westgate over the proposal - now looking like a 'fait accompli' - to provide a home for recovering drug addicts in the town. The residents association tell me that they are disgusted and dismayed by the idea and will do everything in their power to challenge the plan.
Although the proposed site for the home has not yet been properly identified, a large house sold for £290,000, my sources tell me that it is most likely one of those on Westgate Bay Avenue and opposite the entrance to Beach road.
The residents association believe that Westgate is already oversubscribed with problems from outside of the area and already has too many children’s homes often, associated with allegations of anti-social behaviour. The association fears that a home for recovering addicts will also attract cases from as far away as London and may increase the potential for drugs-related crime in the town and make it highly unattractive as a home for families and young children as a consequence.
What’s your view, block this project, which the council reportedly decided was unsuitable for Cliftonville, given its already high problem density or welcome the recovering addicts for treatment in Westgate?