Council to consider Gloucester's 'super surgery' plans as Roman remains found on site
MORE than 22,000 patients await the decision of city council planners who will look at the latest proposals for a new £8million super surgery in Gloucester next week.
The facility will replace the former NHS building in Horton Road, with three surgeries moving in from Heathville, London Road and Barnwood.
However, the discovery of Roman remains from 1st Century AD found on the north-east corner of the car park could delay the development.
Planners are waiting on the result of an impact assessment from the city archaeologist.
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And despite no objections from the Highways Department to the plans, some patients are concerned over availability of public transport to the new facility.
Jeremy Hilton, (LD for Kingsholm and Wooton), who sits on the planning committee, attends the London Road surgery. He says his mother will face a longer trip in from Elmbridge.
"I can understand the inadequacies of the current facilities and there is a need for a more modern surgery, but there are still questions over access," he said. "This will be something we will look in more detail at, but hopefully it is something the doctors have addressed. It will be harder for some people in Kingsholm to visit by car and there is a problem with bus routes. But a new improved facility will be a bonus for patients."
Vehicles will access the site from the mini-roundabout at the junction of Horton Road and Harescombe Drive.
Two new bus shelters are planned for Horton Road.
If approved, the new primary care centre will be joined by a pharmacy, 27 consulting rooms, seven treatment rooms, a minor operations suite and parking for 157 cars.