Councillors call for extra health centre in town

Stowhealth on Violet Hill Road in Stowmarket ANL-141023-103832001
Stowhealth on Violet Hill Road in Stowmarket ANL-141023-103832001
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Proposals to build up to 185 homes in Combs Ford have triggered calls for a new health centre in Stowmarket.

The executive committee at Mid Suffolk District Council has approved outline proposals for the ‘Edgecomb Park’ development which includes 35 percent affordable housing and a provision of sheltered accommodation.

The project, which will be predominantly bungalows, will see up to 75 dwellings accessed by Farriers Road and up to 50 accessed from Poplar Hill with the sheltered housing scheme located in the centre. But concerns have been raised that residents living in the new homes will be too far away to use the town’s heathcare centres, Stowhealth on Violet Hill and Combs Ford Surgery - especially if they need to use public transport.

During last week’s meeting Cllr Lesley Mayes saidthe bus service to the t0wn centre and to Stowhealth caused her ‘grave concern’.

Green Councillor John Matthissen said the growing town needed better health care provision

He said: “Violet Hill is poorly served by public transport and is not even conveniently accessible to pedestrians and cyclists, in addition to the daily battle for parking. That is why five years ago we called for a new health centre as part of the Ashes Farm development , once it became clear the promise of health provision on Cedars Park would be broken.”