Trustees will decide on future of new Churchdown surgery
TRUSTEES will decide if land next to Churchdown Community Centre can be used for a new doctor's surgery.
An extraordinary meeting saw more than 100 members who use the centre discuss the proposal and they voted for the final say to be handed back to the board.
Planning permission was granted for a new medical centre on land at Buttermilk Lane, but has since expired.
Chairman of the centre's executive board of trustees, Richard Smith, said there is still plenty of talking to do before a decision is made.
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"This meeting did not make a decision on the land, it just gave the board of trustees a vote of confidence that it can make a decision once all of the discussions have been completed," he said.
"We have to be sure that whatever we decide to do is of benefit to the charity."
The land next to the Parton Lane centre is leased from Gloucester City Council and considered the most suitable location for a much-needed new surgery.
A public exhibition on the community centre land as a potential site took place earlier this year.
Each of the centre's 657 members were contacted about the meeting, with more than 100 turning up.
Former parish clerk Brian Finch now operates the centre website and said a decision is long overdue.
"The situation at the current medical centre is almost untenable now," he said. "Doctors have to juggle home visits with time in the surgery as it is just not big enough.
"Car parking at the site is a nightmare.
"There are a lot of new homes planned in the area so it is badly needed."