Fight against health centre starts – again

Design of houses which could be built on Station Road Poulton by Redrow Homes
Design of houses which could be built on Station Road Poulton by Redrow Homes
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CONCERNED residents are preparing to fight plans for a controversial health centre for a second time.

Rushcliffe Healthcare has submitted an appeal against Wyre Council’s decision to turn down plans for a three-storey health centre on Vicarage Road, Poulton.

Locals believed the site was the wrong location for the health centre which they felt should be built on a derelict site on Station Road.

But a recent application submitted by Redrow Homes for 83 houses on the Station Road site could quash hopes of a change of heart by developers.

Residents have until the end of March to oppose the appeal which would see Poulton Clinic, Queensway Medical Practice and Lockwood Avenue Surgery in a new one-stop health centre.

Plans would also see the demolition of St Chad’s Church Hall and the relocation of St Chad’s tennis club to Moorland Tennis Club, off Breck Road.

Gemma Jackson, St Chad’s club secretary, said if the appeal is not successful the club’s future is in doubt.

She said: “If Rushcliffe’s plans are approved we will be relocated to a fantastic facility at Moorland because planning policy dictates a recreational site must be relocated.

“However, if it falls through again our future is shady as the Vicarage Road site is now owned by the church and we are on licence to them and that could be terminated at any time.

“The saddest thing about all this is if it doesn’t happen nothing will happen, it won’t be built on Station Road, the developers will take their money elsewhere and Poulton will miss out.

“An application for housing has been submitted on the Station Road site and if that is approved, residents have nowhere to hide, we either have a health centre on Vicarage Road or we don’t.”

In July last year a planning committee cited the felling of trees, traffic problems, the reduction in air quality and the destruction of a conservation area as reasons for refusal.

Local resident Susan Drabble said these reasons stand and demolishing the church hall and building on the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park would be a travesty.

She said: “The hall is home to the farmers’ market, Poulton Drama and the building which would replace it is tiny. When will they realise this location is not right?”