A planning application has been filed for permission to transform a former police station into a community center for people suffering from drug addiction.
The petition was filed with the planners of the Mid Ulster District Council by the petitioner Christ Foundation Counseling Ministry and concerns the former Coagh Main Street Police Station.
According to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland website, Christ Foundation Counseling Ministry helps the homeless, rough sleepers, and those who suffer from health problems from a previous addiction.
Among the details included in the planning request is a description of what the charity intends to use the premises for.
He says the building will be used as a community building to rehabilitate people within the wider community with drug and abuse issues.
“To this end, activities undertaken inside the building and the sheltered covered area include Christian services and training / learning workshops,” reads the app’s notes.
The planning request form indicates that the 0.14 hectare site is currently the site of the former police station and storage buildings. The PSNI closed the doors of the station in January 2007.
At present, a staff vehicle travels to the site daily. If this authorization is granted, the number of vehicles will increase by three per day, with an additional vehicle for staff and two expected visitor / customer vehicles.
The additional number of vehicles will result in an increase in the number of people present on the site.
At present, a total of 11 people use the premises on a daily basis (one employee and ten others).
The total number of daily visitors will increase to 18 with two other employees and five visitors expected daily to the site.
Posted on Monday, May 10 and validated on Tuesday, May 11, the application will be published until Tuesday, June 8.
Coagh Police Station Sitemap: A site map showing the location of the former Coagh Police Station.
Adam Morton – 07393 754476