Journal readers back Bishop Street residents

Nazareth House. (DER0414PG002)
Nazareth House. (DER0414PG002)

Almost 60 per cent of Derry Journal readers online support the campaign by Bishop Street residents to stop part of Nazareth House building from being turned into a unit for people addicted to alcohol.

At the time of going to press, 59 per cent of readers (327 readers) voted for ‘Yes - I wouldn’t want it next door me and it shouldn’t be any different for the people of Bishop Street’.

However, 41 per cent (230 readers) voted for ‘No - these people should practise what they preach and show some humanity and kindness’.

The question we asked our readers was, do you support the residents of Bishop Street in their campaign to stop Nazareth House from being turned into unit for people addicted to alcohol?

Oaklee Trinity Ltd, who have proposed the development of the building, said it is committed to consulting with the community before pressing ahead with the plans.

Should the development go ahead it would include family housing as well as a 24-bed unit for people with alcohol dependency.

At a public meeting last week, many spoke out against the decision to house the facility in Bishop Street.

“I know they need a place for them to go, but this is a built-up area with an elderly population,” said resident Margaret Mullan.

“The majority of residents in this area are totally against what they’re intending to do with the site.”

However, another resident, Anne McVeigh, said she supported the plans.

“I think we need the Nazareth House to help people off alcohol and off drugs. It’s a big building and it’s going to waste,” she said.