Health centre has fitter future

PUBLISHED: 17:52 18 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:18 24 May 2010

A VITAL multi-million pound health centre will be created in Portishead to serve the growing number of families moving to the town

A VITAL multi-million pound health centre will be created in Portishead to serve the growing number of families moving to the town.A GP surgery, children's centre and 'primary care resource centre' will be created in the Ashlands area, and will become a critical part of the infrastructure badly needed to support the hundreds of new homes.North Somerset Council has approved the NHS's plans, and acknowledged the people of Portishead have been waiting for a surgery. It is hoped the complex will support the needs of future and current residents.Although Portishead Medical Centre already serves the town, experts say there is no way it could support the burgeoning developments emerging at the town's marina. The building will contain consultant rooms, treatment rooms, offices, a children's play area and a gym and it is hoped its meeting rooms could also be used by community groups.The children's centre will provide a 'one-stop shop' for support services for parents and their children and space on the site will also be created to carry out services such as minor operations and physiotherapy.However, the number of car parking spaces on the development has been criticised, as although it is thought 70 will be needed just 30 have been included in the plans.Parking spaces have been a huge issue in the fast-growing town as residents fear the roads around their homes will become choked with cars.Portishead and North Weston Town Council said before the NHS planning application was approved: "We welcome the much-overdue provision of improved health facilities in Portishead but are dismayed at the lack of car parking spaces."However, developers say the site will be well served by public transport and will be easily accessible by foot.

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