A public meeting on a controversial new methadone clinic proposed for the Fairview area of Halifax took place Tuesday afternoon.

Halifax-Fairview MLA Graham Steele was among about 80 people gathered at the Fairview legion.   

Organizers presented a petition against the facility with about 1,200 signatures gathered in the five days ahead of the meeting.   

The petition also expresses anger and outrage at the lack of public consultation on the matter.   

Currently, doctors are not required to get a permit or permission from the city or province to set up a medical clinic of any kind.  

Direction 180, the organization opening the facility, told CBC News last week there is an obvious demand for the service.

A spokesperson said a lot of current clients live in Fairview, and 30 per cent of the people on the waiting list are from the area.

Direction 180 currently operates a treatment facility on Gottingen Street in Halifax.