Mendip Vale medical centre site confirmed despite ‘anxiety’
PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 September 2016
After months of speculation, a new site has finally been chosen for a brand-new medical centre serving two North Somerset villages.
Mendip Vale Medical Practice wants to merge its existing sites in Yatton and Congresbury to create a large, purpose-built facility in between the two villages.
The practice’s partners say the surgeries must merge as there is no room to expand at either of the current sites and, as more houses are built in Yatton in future, doctors will be unable to meet increased demand.
The practice is now set to be built opposite the Roundtrees garden centre in Smallway, in Congresbury – even though many villagers feel the road will struggle to cope with extra traffic generated by the new surgery.
Mendip Vale partners commissioned property agents Bilfinger GVA to carry out surveys on 20 sites across Yatton and Congresbury, which assessed how viable each location would be as a potential home for the new surgery – and the Smallway site scored the highest.
The plans were unveiled to villagers at a meeting on September 7.
Dr Sam Partridge said: “It (the Smallway site) is centrally located within our catchment, is along a public transport route and is known to be available and affordable.
“It would provide adequate parking, plenty of space for an extension and would allow for things such as the MRI and mammography buses to come out.”
Dr Andy Warinton apologised for poor organisation at the practice’s last meeting to discuss the proposals, which saw villagers turned away from a packed Hangstones Pavilion, in Yatton. He also admitted villagers had strong feelings about potential problems the Smallway site posed.
Dr Warinton said: “There is considerable anxiety about the transport solutions, particularly for those people who are unable to walk a distance to the surgery.
“We have to acknowledge feelings run quite deep about Smallway.”
An update on the plans will be provided at drop-in sessions on October 5 from 6.30-8pm, at the Mendip Vale Medical Practice in Pudding Pie Lane, in Langford.