Surgery set for car park move?
PUBLISHED: 09:10 30 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:34 30 June 2011
THE future of Wedmore's GP practice could be in a central car park.
The move follows concern by parish council members and residents about how long the GP practice would remain fit for purpose.
The proposal has come after Wedmore Parish Council and Axbridge and Wedmore Medical Practice have been working alongside Ashley House to evaluate and develop a solution to the problem.
The current GP practice is thought to be struggling with room availablity and its size.
Chairman of the parish council, Mal Johnson, thinks the car park would be a perfect solution for relocation.
He said: “The car park is in the centre of the village.
“We looked at a number of different sites around the village, but for one reason or another, with doctor preferences and highway issues about access and cost they just haven’t worked.
“The car park presents us with the most viable possibility.”
The land of the car park is owned by the parish council. Currently there is a free car park for drivers visiting the village. A public consultation to allow the public to view the plans took place last week.
Mal said: “Over 50 people attended, and it was overwhelmingly positive.
“People were concerned if we would loose the car park spaces which were going to be used for the surgery.
“Any spaces that are lost we will be looking to rebuild them if they are needed.
“We are committed to the car park because it is an important facility to the village and we don’t plan to loose any spaces.”
Dr Ewart Jackson-Voyzey is currently working in Wedmore GP practise.
He welcomes the proposal to have the centre in the car park.
He said: “It was an idea presented by the parish council because the car park has not been used as much as intended.
“We have been looking at what we can do in order to maintain a presence in Wedmore.
“In a small village there are a couple of small places that can be used, and you have to agree with planning bodies, highways agencies, parish council and the practise.”
Planning permission will be done by doctors via Ashley House. Currently they are in early consultation talks with the planning authority about the medical centre.