Smok­ing banned in home­less hos­tel bed­rooms

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A BID to ban smok­ing in bed­rooms of a home­less hos­tel has been ap­proved. A mo­tion was raised by Coun­cil­lor Aileen Malone, that res­i­dents would be al­lowed to smoke in a num­ber of bed­rooms at the Bon Ac­cord Street hos­tel. How­ever, an amend­ment was made by Cllr Richard Robert­son – a for­mer fire fighter of 30 years – at the full coun­cil meet­ing to stop the mo­tion. And the amend­ment won by two votes. Cllr Robert­son, pic­tured, said: “I feel it is my moral duty to ex­press my concern over the poor judge­ment in even mak­ing such a pro­posal of al­low­ing smok­ing in bed­rooms of the hos­tel. It was an­nounced last week the num­ber of fire deaths in the North­east of Scot­land have dou­bled in the last year in con­trast to the down­wards na­tional trend.” He said he had spo­ken to the chief fire of­fi­cer for Grampian Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice David Dalziel who told him smok­ing should not be al­lowed in bed­rooms. Cllr Malone said there had been a high vol­ume of com­plaints from res­i­dents near the hos­tel. “We’re try­ing to make the area nicer for the other res­i­dents in the area,” she said. “Also, at the mo­ment, some of the hos­tel res­i­dents are tak­ing out smoke de­tec­tors and smok­ing in their rooms any­way.”

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