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New Health Centre To Be Built

2nd September 2005

People in Bradley Stoke are to get a new health centre thanks to South Gloucestershire Council's decision to provide valuable land at a knockdown price.

Prime building land around the new town fetches more than £1 million an acre but the authority agreed the discounted price, which has not been revealed, to ensure the community got its new health centre.

It was part of a four-acre site in Savages Wood Road, next to the Tesco store, and the remaining three acres have been sold for housing. The £3 million-plus resulting from the sale will go into the council's coffers for future projects.

Allan Higgs, executive councillor for corporate affairs, said: "It is clear that there is a real demand for enhanced medical facilities in Bradley Stoke and this will transform what is available locally.

"There are particular plans to target its services towards younger families and that will be particularly welcome.

"Currently, there is no NHS dentist in Bradley Stoke and this centre will tackle this problem as well as bringing in a new base for midwives and health visitors."

South Gloucestershire's Primary Care Trust will have to submit plans for planning approval before work can start on the new buildings.

The complex will provide many other care services unavailable in the town and is another welcome community facility.

Next week the town's new secondary school will open its gates to its first pupils and Tesco has announced plans to build a new district centre including more shops and a central piazza.

Town councillor Dave Hart said: "I am delighted the council has responded to our campaign and supported local people's needs for a new health centre.

"With so much continuing growth we need enhanced health facilities and, in particular, dental services which do not currently exist in the town.

"There is even more housing planned for the area and we need to have the facilities in place to cope with the increased demand."

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