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Surgery opinion divided


Opinion is split on Bingham Town Council over the siting of the town’s new health centre. Members failed to reach a decision at a meeting on Tuesday because of the differing views.

Four supported Warner’s Paddock, three backed Tythby Road, one backed Mill Hill Road and two did not give their opinion. Two members opposed Warner’s Paddock and another decided to support either Mill Hill Road or Tythby Road.

The Mayor of Bingham, Mr George Davidson, asked for a formal decision that could be given to NHS Nottinghamshire County and Liftco, the bodies behind the development.

Mrs Sue Hull said if a decision was not made overall, then the town could get the worst possible outcome of not getting a health centre at all.

She said: “I would say Mill Hill, but there would have to be a cast-iron guarantee that there was a ten-minute bus service, free of charge, taking people up there.”

Mr Clive Lancaster said the Tythby Road option had more space, could house a bus terminal or out-of-hours park and ride scheme, and would cut congestion because people would reach it by the A52.

Mrs Jacqui Marshall backed Tythby Road while Mr Paul Abbey and Mr Andrew Shelton favoured Tythby Road but agreed Mill Hill Road remained an option.

Mr Rex Barnett, Mr Frank Kerry, Mr Anthony Hall and Mrs Maureen Stockwood supported the development of Warner’s Paddock, an area of green space in the town centre.

Mr Barnett said: “It is, regrettably, the most suitable site.”

Mr Kerry said: “We are talking about people who are elderly and ill. I believe that we must have a medical centre in the middle of town.”

But Mrs Ann Bryon said: “It would be an accident waiting to happen if a health centre was built on Warner’s Paddock.”

Mr George Davidson said although there had been buildings on the paddock previously, he still thought of it as greenfield space that was needed.

Mr Francis Purdue-Horan and Mr John Stockwood did not give opinions.

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