THE former social welfare office in Newbridge will not be used as a methadone clinic, it has been confirmed this week.
Since the office was moved to the former Newbridge Credit Union building there have been persistent rumours that the empty building was to be used as a drug clinic.
But after persistent calls to the Office of Public Works local councillor Willie Crowley said he was happy to receive confirmation this week that the former Social Welfare Offices in Market Square will not be used for such a service.
Cllr Willie Crowley, who is an Independence Alliance candidate in the next election, received a written letter dispelling rumours that a drugs rehabilitation clinic was to be developed on the site.
“I cannot confirm what State agency is looking at using the building, at this time, because the planning process with that agency is still ongoing. However, I can confirm that the delivery of methadone services either advisory or dispensing is not part of the current plans,” stated Paul Dolan from the OPW.
Cllr Crowley says that while he welcomes this clarification he will nevertheless be keeping a watchful eye on any future development and he will continue to press the department to make the building available for community use or for attractive commercial interests such as a credit union services hub to bring more activity to the centre of Newbridge.