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Community Objects To Plans For Rehab Centre

Almost 100 objections have been made against controversial proposals for a drug rehabilitation clinic in an Angus glens village. The official deadline passed yesterday for representations relating to the proposed change of use for a former hotel and restaurant at Bridgend of Lintrathen, near Kirriemuir. Angus Council confirmed that its planning department has had 90 objections to the development.
Renaissance People Community Interest Company, which is registered to a residential address in Glasgow, has bought Lochside Lodge in the village. It hopes to reopen the £400,000 property as a drug rehabilitation centre where up to 10 addicts can stay and get treatment.
Representatives from the company attended a heated public meeting on the proposals at Kilry Hall earlier this month where residents accused them of being ill prepared. Residents have expressed concerns about the suitability of the building for the facility, due to its closeness to neighbouring homes. Kirriemuir Landward West Community Council chairman Roger Clegg believed the company’s performance at the meeting had not dispelled any concerns about the plans. Mr Clegg said: “The number of objections does not surprise me but I think it shows the strength of feeling against the proposals.
“The meeting was an opportunity for Renaissance People to reassure local people about the proposals, but I don’t think they did that. “The community were disappointed, to put it mildly, with the response the company gave, and I think (this) confirmed objections for many people.
“It will now be up to the councillors to decide, but I think to have so many objections from a small community shows how important this is to a lot of people.”
As the plans have more than five objections they will go to the council’s development standards committee to be decided upon. It is understood that the proposals will be considered at the May meeting of the committee, the date of which has yet to be confirmed. At the public meeting earlier this month, Renaissance People director Allan Colquhoun said the company would almost certainly appeal any decision by the council to reject the plans.
Despite repeated attempts by the Press and Journal to contact Renaissance People yesterday, no one was available for comment.