Idea for health centre at new Southend United stadium at Fossett's Farm

Echo: St Luke's Health Centre in Southchurch St Luke's Health Centre in Southchurch

A PERMANENT St Luke’s Health Centre should be built as part of Southend United’s new stadium plans, a councillor has said.

Mike Grimwade, Lib Dem councillor for Prittlewell, said the new health centre could be situated in the shopping complex the football club hopes to build at its new ground, planned for Fossetts Farm.

St Luke’s Health Centre has operated from a temporary building in Pantile Avenue, Southchurch, since 2009 and Southend Council has agreed for the portable building to be used for another three years.

The council has also called on NHS England to find a permanent building as soon as possible.

Mr Grimwade said: “We obviously need a new health centre in the east of the borough.

“Can we consider talking to the football club about the retail structure at their new stadium?

“That seems to be an adequate place to put in a new surgery.”

Southend United has said it would “consider” the proposal, but even if it wasn’t to come together, councillors from all parties want NHS England to get on with finding the centre a new home.

Sally Carr, Conservative councillor for St Luke’s, said: “They couldn’t find something in the last five years. We are giving them another three years and I don’t think they are going to find a magic piece of land.

“I think the land they have already would make a very good permanent doctor’s surgery. I hope we send a strong message that they can’t come back to extend the lease of life of that temporary building again.”

St Luke’s councillor Brian Ayling warned a new building might not be achieved in the timescale.

He said: “Everybody is on board with this, but it’s not going to happen overnight. They need three years and we have been guaranteed a building within five.”

A spokesman for NHS England said: “NHS England, Essex is currently reviewing alternative options for St Luke’s Health Centre along with NHS Property services.

“There are a number of possible sites being reviewed and it is hoped we will be able to find alternative accommodation within the next 24 months. There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration, but we will keep local patients informed of the progress of this exercise.

“The existing St Luke’s Health Centre will remain open until any new premises are operational.”

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7:01am Sat 10 May 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Got a long wait then.
Got a long wait then. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 8

9:08am Sat 10 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Forget the football stadium, that land should be used to build a new hospital for the town. Just imaging how big the car park could be there.
Forget the football stadium, that land should be used to build a new hospital for the town. Just imaging how big the car park could be there. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -1

10:02am Sat 10 May 14

Leighdweller says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Forget the football stadium, that land should be used to build a new hospital for the town. Just imaging how big the car park could be there.
That's a good idea and then build the new stadium where the hospital was. That'll save me having to trek all the way over to fossetts farm when there's a game. Better transport links too.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Forget the football stadium, that land should be used to build a new hospital for the town. Just imaging how big the car park could be there.[/p][/quote]That's a good idea and then build the new stadium where the hospital was. That'll save me having to trek all the way over to fossetts farm when there's a game. Better transport links too. Leighdweller
  • Score: 8

11:38am Sat 10 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Another new plan....



zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Another new plan.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

12:52pm Sat 10 May 14

Nelly99 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Another new plan.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Tend to agree. I remember a report on Nationwide, (that is how long ago it was)..1978 I think, where they said Roots Hall was built on a rubbish tip and wouldn't be usable for much longer. Now 35 years later and about 10 since Fossetts Farm was first mooted they are still there. Best hope is they win the playoffs and get some money in and make this move happen.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Another new plan.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.[/p][/quote]Tend to agree. I remember a report on Nationwide, (that is how long ago it was)..1978 I think, where they said Roots Hall was built on a rubbish tip and wouldn't be usable for much longer. Now 35 years later and about 10 since Fossetts Farm was first mooted they are still there. Best hope is they win the playoffs and get some money in and make this move happen. Nelly99
  • Score: 6

3:42pm Sat 10 May 14

orsettblue says...

it is boring but can any journalist speak to Ron and remind him of the quote he put out about 6 weeks ago when he said the builders would be appointed in 2 weeks.

where does that type of news go? does the Chairman / Chief Exec ever get pushed on this?
it is boring but can any journalist speak to Ron and remind him of the quote he put out about 6 weeks ago when he said the builders would be appointed in 2 weeks. where does that type of news go? does the Chairman / Chief Exec ever get pushed on this? orsettblue
  • Score: 6

6:18pm Sat 10 May 14

My Britain says...

No build more homes for our immigrant friends, that would be good!
No build more homes for our immigrant friends, that would be good! My Britain
  • Score: 0

9:50am Sun 11 May 14

abd123 says...

The present premises are in the middle of housing and accessible on foot for many patients. Over at Fossetts it would not be easy for ill patients without cars to get to. If you look at Google aerial view there are plots of land about in areas where people actually live.
The present premises are in the middle of housing and accessible on foot for many patients. Over at Fossetts it would not be easy for ill patients without cars to get to. If you look at Google aerial view there are plots of land about in areas where people actually live. abd123
  • Score: 2

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