Council agrees 10-year Castlewood deal with NSCP
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:01 31 July 2018
A health service will run more of its operation from North Somerset Council’s offices in Clevedon in future.
North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP), which runs Clevedon’s hospital, will double its desk space at the council-owned Castlewood premises.
A 10-year agreement has been struck which will see more than 180 desks used by the health organisation.
North Somerset Council has welcomed the deal and its Conservative administration says it helps vindicate the millions invested into Castlewood.
David Pasley, the authority’s executive member for asset management, said at last week’s council meeting: “This is great news for Clevedon and North Somerset in general.
“It will create many more opportunities for people and businesses and securing NSCP’s services for another 10 years will make a huge difference in the years to come.”
This week he added: “Castlewood really is a modern public centre hub.
“As well as our health partners, we have the police, ambulance service, job centre and register office all based there. Having all these services working together under one roof can only be of great benefit to our residents.
“Purchasing Castlewood eight years ago has not only established a council presence in the north of the district, but has enabled us to join up services for our residents in a modern, professional environment.
“This agreement with NSCP will further consolidate that position.”
NSCP has been based at Castlewood for the past seven years but its informal arrangement was coming to an end so a deal was struck.
Judith Brown, Chief Executive of NSCP, said: “Consolidating the number of bases from which our staff work is a positive step for us and will enable our services to work together more efficiently while also increasing our co-location with North Somerset’s social services, who we work in partnership with on a daily basis.
“The council followed a similar path when it embarked a decade ago on its two base approach with services at the Town Hall in Weston and Castlewood.
“While we will still have bases across North Somerset, this move is set to enhance the quality care we deliver to the local community.”