One year trial for Shardeloes rehab centre


The drug treatment centre proposed for Shardeloes Road has been given planning permission to operate for one year, after which the operators will have to re-apply for their licence.

In Brockley Central's view, this is the best outcome. A centre is needed in the north of the borough and effective treatment is about reducing crime and other problems associated with addiction.

However, questions remain about the efficacy of this location, given its poor connections to Deptford (one of the areas it will serve), the residential nature of Shardeloes Road and the ongoing issue of drug dealing in the immediate vicinity.

The one-year trial will keep the operators on their toes and give them time to satisfy their patients and the community that they can effectively manage these challenges and operate responsibly.

Long-term, the issue is moot anyway. The owners of the site are determined to redevelop it within 3-5 years, so a new location will likely need to be sought soon enough. Both Darren Johnson (who supported the project) and the Brockley Cross Action Group (who opposed it) expressed their satisfaction at the decision, which suggests the committee got something right.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

It should have gone to the Health Centre in New Cross.

Anonymous said...

Errm so the council is spending money to refit a building in an area that many people are objecting to, only to potentially move it somewhere else in a year's time. Great spending of tax payer money!

Anonymous said...

Where on Shardeloes Road will this be located?

Fattyfattybumbum said...

Why are there so many of these places in Brockley - I have lived in oodles of places in my time and never lived near any, but here I must have 4 or 5 within a cats pi$$ of my front door?

Tim said...

They go where the demand is Ftty

Anonymous said...

This is a good sensible outcome, and I hope the centre goes on to do good work in the area beyond the one-year trial.

mb said...

drug rehab centers explicitly or hostles of varying type? I suspect they are more common than we think in London, hardly the kind of place to errect a neon sign.

Anonymous said...

... and tax payers are paying twice for sure.

What a silly outcome. If they cannot stay more than 3 years they should just choose somewhere else and pay once for refurbishment.

Anonymous said...

Reckon this is why Albys Place is kitting itself out with gusto?

pablo e said...

Shardeloes Road is bleak enough as it is.

That health centre in New Cross is huge!

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JP said...

If it's successful for the first year I hope they keep the same level of staffing for the second and third year.

Short-term view similar to renovating the row of houses then demolishing them to build flats in Catford (opposite the McDonalds/Mecca)

Anonymous said...

Typical council... shortsighted- wasting taxpayers' money rennovating a property that the landlord wants to knock down in a couple of years' time to build new flats.

They have more money than sense, no sorry they have our money and no sense.

Anonymous said...

This is really a scandal.

N said...

"This is really a scandal"

It really isn't.

Anonymous said...

look again...the CRI are making a new application to change it to 5 years.The council calls it a minor change.Are the CRI so afraid they might not be able to run it properly for the one year that they feel the need to sneak through a new application?

Anonymous said...

I think that people's objections to there being a drug project 'on their doorstep' is a bit sad - after all, there for the grace of god go I......equally there was a drug service on Brockley Cross for years and most people didn't know it was there. However, having said that CRI (the social care 'charity' that run Lewisham's drug and alcohol services) are a shambles. They are barely managing the two premises they have (at 410 lewisham High Street and on Dartmouth Road Forest Hill) and are likely to lose staff as they are not meeting their treatment targets, so the concept of them managing a third property properly is unlikely. They have already spent a great deal of money on a building in Desmond Street SE8 that was closed 'by public demand' and it looks like they will be wasting another fortune converting a building that will be little used. And it's really not in the right situation for the north of the borough.

Anonymous said...

Excellent news for local residents who will be burgled by these drug addicts desperate for cash. The begging in New Cross has also seen a large increase thanks to the centre.

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