New surgery for villages?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 February 2015

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A NEW doctors’ surgery could be built on the site of a former garden centre, replacing existing premises in Yatton and Congresbury.

The Times understands discussions are ongoing between North Somerset Council, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and landowners about building a state-of-the-art surgery in Smallway, Congresbury.

The two villages have their own medical practices at the moment, however, both surgeries are close to capacity and it is felt creating one larger premises may be the best way forward in the long-term.

A new surgery would be large enough to take on existing patients’ lists, plus cope with the inevitable extra demand created should the various housing developments planned for the two villages be built.

The idea of merging services under one roof is not new, with Hangstones in Yatton considered a suitable site several years ago. However, it was eventually ruled against amid concerns from people living in Congresbury regarding access.

The Times now understands that a similar move is being discussed, with the former Roundtrees Garden Centre site in Smallway under consideration. Its proximity to the A370 and being about halfway between the two villages is thought to make it an attractive proposition.

The garden centre that was there closed after going into administration in 2011.

Such a move would mirror that carried out in Churchill and Wrington where smaller surgeries were closed in favour of a new facility built in Pudding Pie Lane, Langford.

However, the decision was met with some opposition in Wrington before it opened in December 2012, amid fears over how people would be able to get to the new practice.

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