Public meeting on alcoholics’ home plan on August 5

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

A public meeting on plans to provide a housing scheme for alcoholics on the site of the former Nazareth House at Bishop Street is to take place on August 5.

It’s understood that representatives from Oaklee Trinity and Depaul Ireland - two of the main players behind the project - will be at the meeting, a venue for which is yet to be confirmed.

The plan includes a 24-bed housing unit for people with alcohol dependency as well as social housing.

Local political representatives say it’s vital the local community has its say on the proposals.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey says: “Those who are behind this proposed development need to reflect on and accept local opinion on these plans and should only meet publicly with residents and stakeholders in the wider Bishop Street area in September and not during the summer holiday period when many people are likely unavailable.

“I would also be keen to hear if the education sector, either in primary or post primary, has an interest in this site as it would ease the pressure and distress that residents are feeling at present and a more acceptable level of development.”

Mr Ramsey says any future development should not only take into account “unmet need in the Foyle Road area which has very high levels of housing need but, also, that any supported living facility is used for the older generation in the local area, many of whom do not have access to adequate bungalow provision.”

Sinn Fein’s Patricia Logue added: “It’s vital we get this right from the outset and that there is input from the local community on the shape of plans. TRIAX will facilitate a community engagement process on these plans. I would encourage residents to attend these events.”