Council to hold talks with GP practice over new surgery plan

PUBLISHED: 12:46 02 November 2018

An updated artist's impression of the surgery. Picture: Mendip Vale Medical Practice

An updated artist's impression of the surgery. Picture: Mendip Vale Medical Practice

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A GP practice has been warned its plans for a new surgery to serve patients in Congresbury and Yatton will not be accepted unless it resolves ‘major concerns’.

The surgery is planned for Smallway, opposite the garden centre.The surgery is planned for Smallway, opposite the garden centre.

Mendip Vale Medical Practice’s hopes for a new home for doctors, off Smallway, were knocked back earlier in the month by North Somerset councillors.

Further talks between the two sides are imminent, with the case set to be reviewed in December.

Doctors say the plan on the table is the only option, but the scheme was rejected amid fears over patients’ safety accessing the premises and building in the strategic gap between the villages.

Cllr Jill Iles, addressing Yatton Parish Council on Monday, said: “There are still a lot of outstanding issues.

“The planners (who were in favour of the application) said it could have gone either way. It’s not an ideal situation.”

One of the most significant concerns is over the safety of patients walking from Yatton down Smallway to the surgery.

The pavements are narrow, although Mendip Vale has promised to cut back the vegetation, once, to ease the problem. But, it would still require people to cross the road twice as the walkways do not run the entire length of Smallway.

Cllr Iles said unless concessions over public safety and crossings are made by Mendip Vale, then the scheme will not go through.

She added: “There’s a line in the sand which says if it will not do this then it won’t go ahead.

“I think the doctors think it’s a fait accompli and it will go ahead, but hopefully there will be movement when we have a conference.

“I still have major, major concerns about the application.”

Mendip Vale runs both surgeries in Yatton and Congresbury but says they are too small to meet modern needs and have no option to expand. Congresbury’s surgery will be closed until December because of a lack of resources.

Yatton parish councillor Chris Jackson said it would be better if Mendip Vale built a larger surgery closer to the centre of the village, and provided a satellite service in Congresbury.

He said as the practice is a private concern it should be treated as one as under normal circumstances building in a strategic gap would not be entertained.

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