A Brief Bit of Background
The old doctor’s surgery on Tanhouse Lane served the community for a number of years, but these services have since moved into the new Church Hill Centre, quite literally over the road.
The old premises still belongs to a consortium of GPs, but the land it sits on is owned by someone else who charges a rent to the consortium. There is a covenant on this land requiring it to be used for healthcare purposes, but this can be lifted by the owners if they are willing.
Since the services moved over the road the vacated building has fallen into a poor overall state. It has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour. The owners of the property have tried their best to protect the building from damage and break-ins, but there is only so much they can do. Certainly, if elected I would begin working with them immediately to investigate what security improvements we could make.
What does the community want?
If I am elected I pledge to take forward whatever the community wants to happen in their area, to the best of my ability. I ask people to remember this is private property on private land, so we need to be careful how we approach matters, but it is still important for the community to make its voice heard, which is something I believe the owners would like to hear anyway.
But let’s be clear: this is a hugely complex issue, and it will require a lot of time, effort and energy from some very smart people to figure things out. Change will not come overnight, but if enough of us want it, change will happen.
You can be a part of the change. Have your say. I have prepared a short survey on the issue, below, which you can use to share your ideas and thoughts on this issue.
Survey about the old doctor’s surgery on Tanhouse Lane
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