NEW DAWN OR NEW DISAPPOINTMENT?

We understand that on July the 18th Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet will discuss proposals to transfer the former Greenwood House retirement home, which is on Lichfield Road in Burntwood for use by the Darwin Practice as a doctors surgery.

The facility would also feature a pharmacy.

Cllr Alan White Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing is quoted as saying:
“This proposal, utilising a previously dormant plot of land to provide additional capacity for the local GP practice, means people in Burntwood can look forward to a new, state-of-the-art accessible practice that meets the needs of local people,”

If the proposals are approved, the site would still require planning approval and funding being put in place, but the council says it anticipates the land being leased for 60 years.

Cllr Mark Deaville, Cabinet member for commercial, said: “We always want to make the best use of any land or buildings we have and this is a great example of working with partners to make the best use of a redundant site for the benefit of the local community.”

Whilst on the face of it this may appear to be good news we believe that Cllr White was on the record in 2015 saying that this transfer was imminent.

We can only hope that this time the Staffs County Council Cabinet vote positively and expedite this transfer urgently as this site has been redundant since August 2006, which isn’t actually ‘a great example of working with partners to make the best use of a redundant site for the local community’ as Cllr Mark Deaville is quoted as saying it is.

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