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A FOURTH potential site for the new health centre in Bingham could be unveiled to the public next week.

At present, three sites under consideration have been made public — but a new possible location has emerged.

The three known sites are Warner’s Paddock, off Mill Hill Road and east of Tythby Road.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Primary Care Trust confirmed a fourth site was being looked at.

She would not give details of the location, claiming it was still commercially confidential.

However, it could be revealed next week, if it is deemed suitable for consideration and added to the list for the three-month public consultation, due to start soon.

The spokesman said: “As this is a new site, we have instructed LiftCo to carry out a land options appraisal to establish if it is available for sale, that it is capable of taking the new health centre and provides value for money.

“This options appraisal has just been received and is being reviewed.

“Once we have completed this review against the criteria referred to above, it will either be added into the consultation process if it matches the criteria, or not included if it does not.”

She said the review should be completed by next week.

A campaign group, led by Mr Gary Porter, of Woodpecker Close, was set up to fight any development of Warner’s Paddock, on the corner of Long Acre and Grantham Road.

They argue the paddock is the last remaining area of public green space in the town centre.

Mr Porter welcomed the news of another potential location.

The group will launch an online petition — at www.gopetition.com/online/22351.html — next week as part of the fight.

Campaign posters will be put up around town featuring details of the online petition, and a paper version will also be available.

Mr Porter said they would be asking people who sign the online petition to get two more people to sign it and so on — an idea inspired by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s new cooking campaign, Ministry Of Food with its Pass It On message.

Mr Porter said: “I feel really re-energised to take the campaign forward into this final decisive phase.

“I’m hopeful that the fourth site is a sensible option, which I don’t think the other two are.

“Hopefully it is not going to be another daft one. I was feeling very cynical when they put up the other two to go through the process of consultation.”

Anyone wanting to join Mr Porter’s campaign can contact him on 07962 407365.

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