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Integrated Drug Centre for York

York city council

12:01pm 12th January 2012

City of York Council has listened to residents’ views about where to relocate drug recovery services in York and will now explore the best solution to find a more suitable option within a council owned building.

The current drug recovery services are provided from a number of buildings across the city centre, but the council has put forward plans for an integrated service from one single site.

Last year independent consultants identified two possible buildings that might be suitable in Monkgate and just off Walmgate. The council also held public consultation events in the Guildhall last year to listen to residents’ views.

Paul Murphy, assistant director for Integrated Commissioning at City of York Council, said that the meetings had prompted a rethink:

“I would like to thank residents for their patience and for their valuable input at the consultation meetings.

“Public consultation has by and large confirmed the need for such services in York. However, local residents and businesses put forward a number of arguments against the specific buildings identified by the consultants. Some people also suggested we should have another look at the possibility of providing the services from within one of our own buildings.

“We are still exploring the best solution but we are now confident that we will be able to find one or more suitable options within our own council buildings.

“We will therefore not be pursuing our interest in either of the premises that had previously been identified.”

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