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Health centre bid clears last hurdle

PUBLISHED: 11:56 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:34 03 July 2010

A NEW seven-day-a-week health centre will be up in running in the centre of Great Yarmouth by mid 2009 after the final hurdle was rubber stamped by the borough council.

A NEW seven-day-a-week health centre will be up in running in the centre of Great Yarmouth by mid 2009 after the final hurdle was rubber stamped by the borough council.

Plans to demolish Greyfriars clinic, on Howard Street South, and replace it with portable buildings for a walk-in health centre were unanimously approved by members of the development control committee on Tuesday .

The boarded-up and shabby clinic will be replaced with temporary portable buildings for three years after which time NHS Yarmouth and Waveney plans to replace them with a purpose built two or three storey family clinic which would include the conversion of the Ship Inn, which the health authority has already purchased.

Greyfriars clinic has been boarded up since it closed in December 2005 and a leaking roof and cracked brickwork spiralled repairs costs meaning renovation was unlikely.

Although the development is in a conservation area planning officers said the doctors surgery scheme would bring benefits to the local area which they said was currently home to a building that was in a “poor state of repair” and added “little to the aesthetics” to the area.

Speaking at the Town Hall meeting Labour councillor Michael Jeal said he wanted planning permission to carry conditions that stated temporary buildings could only be in place for three years, fearing portable buildings could be in place for longer.

The new health centre will provide GP services, weight management, vaccinations and stop smoking and sexual health advice.

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