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New mental health home proposed

10th May 2006

Proposals to house 40 patients with alcohol related brain conditions and schizophrenia in a former nursing home are set to be discussed today, according to the Daily Post.

Planners are to decide whether the Potens (Progressing Opportunities to Enable Neighbourhood Support) company should be allowed to make the switch at Queen's Court care home in Old Colwyn, north Wales.

Local residents have voiced fears about their safety; concerns that a Colwyn Bay councillor Bob Squire believes are merited.

"We can't guarantee public safety," he told the newspaper.

"These premises currently have a planning use as a residential home for the elderly.

"But what is proposed is an intensification of use which I totally oppose."

The firm hopes the local council will allow a change to the building's planning conditions which currently only allow it to be used as a nursing home or to care for the elderly.

Potens claims it will refuse entry to anyone who has an anti-social personality disorder, dementia, is likely to abuse drugs or alcohol abuse potential, or has seriously offended in the past.