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Jan 2009 Plans for a new medical centre at Creech St Michael 2009-01-18 16:16:30

Plans for a new medical centre at Creech St Michael have been unveiled.
More than 100 parishioners packed a public meeting at the village hall on Friday evening.


And developers General Practioners’ Investment group (GPI) said work on the scheme for a new two-storey doctors’ surgery and healthcare centre on green field land off Hyde Lane could be underway within six months, withTaunton Deane planners likely to receive a formal application within a few weeks.


Parish council chairman Eileen Webb, who chaired the meeting, urged villagers to fully support the project. She said the provision was desperately needed to replace the current over-stretched GP practice in Ryesland Way.


“Its vital for the community and for the future of health care in Creech St Michael and this area,” she added.


Local GP Dr Barry Moyse said the current lease on the surgery building would expire in November leaving the future of village health care provision uncertain. But the new healthcare centre, with 42 parking spaces sited near Rockett’s Cottages and the village primary school off Hyde Lane, would meet the needs of the area under current Government plans to improve primary health care to local communities.


Villagers were told a new road was due as part of a 76-home development on adjacent land to the site – a scheme which has already received planning permission from the Deane Council. A footpath would also be provided between the school and the entrance to the new surgery site along Hyde Lane.


Some villagers raised concerns over traffic build up, drainage of the site, affects on the value of local properties, and that West View would be used as a “rat run”.
But Creech St Michael Parish Council is supporting the scheme, subject to seeing the detailed plans.