Health authority may move to new council office

PUBLISHED: 12:01 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

THE district s health organisation looks set to join North Somerset Council at the former Clerical Medical building in Clevedon if the purchase goes ahead.

THE district's health organisation looks set to join North Somerset Council at the former Clerical Medical building in Clevedon if the purchase goes ahead.

NHS North Somerset chief executive Chris Born has revealed he is set to enter discussions with the authority over using part of the Castlewood offices in Tickenham Road.

The group, formerly known as North Somerset PCT, has three offices in Clevedon and is thought to have been looking for new premises, including the old Aldi in Weston.

The council claims attracting such tenants could raise up to £125,000 in the first year of moving in.

In a statement to the Mercury, Mr Born said: "When North Somerset Council has made a formal announcement on their decision about the Clerical Medical building, we anticipate holding discussions with them as to whether we wish to use part of the building.

"We can see great benefit to being co-located with the council as a lot of our work is done in collaboration with their various departments.

"Also, our premises across North Somerset are all leased to us, so this issue is reviewed by us on a regular basis."

Another potential tenant thought to be set to enter discussions with the council is Avon and Somerset Police, which has headquarters in Portishead.

But Chief superintendent Chris Weigold said nothing had yet been discussed at this stage in regards to a police move to the Clevedon building.

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