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Meeting over Darlington drugs centre concerns

Image caption The treatment centre will include a needle exchange

A public meeting is to be held in Darlington to discuss controversial plans to turn a former Salvation Army hostel into a drugs treatment centre.

Some local businesses complained they were not consulted before work started on the North Road development, which will include a needle exchange.

Darlington Council has since said it will go "the extra mile" to try to allay people's fears.

The meeting takes place at the Dolphin Centre at 1900 BST on Tuesday.

It is being hosted by the Darlington Drug and Alcohol Action Team Board (DAAT).

Chairman Bill Dixon, who is also deputy leader of the council, said: "There have been issues raised about the relocation of these services to this building by people in the local community and so we wanted to invite everyone to come along to a meeting to find out more about it.

"This is an opportunity for people to hear about the services provided at the centre and also to ask questions of the various organisations involved."

Those attending will be able to put questions to a panel including representatives from the NHS, police and the North East Council on Addictions.

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