Developers plan to turn Accrington mill into homeless shelter for recovering addicts (From Blackburn Citizen)
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Developers plan to turn Accrington mill into homeless shelter for recovering addicts
A DERELICT mill will be turned into bedsits for the homeless, if planners agree.
Plans have been lodged with Hyndburn Council which would see the former Phoenix Works, Blackburn Road, Accrington, converted into managed bedsits.
The proposed development would include 54 bedrooms, three bathrooms, nine shower rooms, 12 unisex toilets and a disabled toilet on the ground floor.
Plumber and gas engineer Nisar Hussain, from Blackburn, submitted the plans and described a strict regime which would be set to help homeless people struggling with addiction get back on their feet.
He said: “They could stay as long as they want, so long as they behave. There will be no alcohol and no smoking inside. If people are drunk, they will not be allowed in the building and visitors will not be allowed in the rooms, just downstairs.
“It will help a lot people if they can come off the streets and get a roof over their heads.”
Staff would serve three meals a day and there would be a dining room, lounge, laundry, reception and office. The centre would also be covered by CCTV.
Mr Hussain would not say how much the project would cost. He added: “The building is very isolated and is not close to any families. There will also be management. There will be no junkies to just come in and do what they want.”
Three full-time staff and two part-timers would be responsible for the tenants and security, with staff on site 24 hours a day.
He said the building would be surrounded by a 2.4 metre fence and gates.
Barnfield councillor June Harrison declined to comment on the application but said: “There are lots of empty homes in Accrington so I don’t see why there should be a problem with homeless people.”
Deputy council leader Coun Clare Pritchard declined to comment.
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