A drug and alcohol support service has specific needs in terms of a building. Confidentiality and exclusive access is paramount meaning a shared premises is not practical. The building also needs to be easily accessible through public transport and in a central location. The internal room space needed includes as an absolute minimum two group rooms, five one to one appointment rooms, five clinical rooms, toilets and staff office space. Alternative properties to fit the minimum specification were reviewed in late 2016. The review demonstrated the lack of either affordable or suitable alternative space and no alternative was identified.
After reviewing the options, we are therefore proposing that the service could be relocated in to the London Borough of Hounslow building, Montague Hall. The building is a short walk from the current premises and whilst it is smaller, it will offer the savings that will allow this essential service to operate. In total, it is expected that an annual saving of circa 150k would result from this move, which would otherwise have to be removed from frontline services.
Montague Hall is a Public Hall, meaning it is available for community use, though it is primarily occupied by Age UK Hounslow. Age UK Hounslow will be relocating to Southville Community Centre by the 1st February 2018 where they will be able to offer many of the other community groups that currently use Montague Hall, an alternative space. Due to service needs, if the substance misuse treatment service were to relocate to Montague Hall, it would then have to be closed as a Public Hall, meaning there would be no opportunity for other community groups to utilise this space.
Every effort would be made to minimise any negative impact related to this proposal. We value your views and will ensure they are considered carefully before any further decisions are made.
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This consultation will end – Wednesday 6 December 2017
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