Wran­gle over clinic site

Lennox Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

A last-gasp at­tempt was made to keep Alexan­dria med­i­cal cen­tre in the town.

Health bosses were push­ing for the new fa­cil­ity to re­place the Bank Street clin­ics to be con­structed within the grounds of theVale of Leven Hos­pi­tal, a move which later went through.

But town cen­tre traders put up a fight, say­ing the move would de­liver a ham­mer blow to busi­nesses.

Cordale Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, a mem­ber of the Alexan­dria town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion fo­rum, of­fered its help to re­solve the is­sue, mak­ing a bid to buy a site within the grounds of theVale Hos­pi­tal from NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde to build hous­ing.

Cordale di­rec­tor Stephen Gib­son said:“The for­mer Kip­pen Dairy site has been iden­ti­fied as a key strate­gic site and an ideal lo­ca­tion for the new med­i­cal cen­tre.

“We would be in­ter­ested in re­lo­cat­ing the pro­vi­sion of hous­ing to land des­ig­nated within the hos­pi­tal.

“The com­mu­nity health part­ner­ship could then use the cap­i­tal re­ceipt to pur­chase the for­mer Kip­pen Dairy site.”

The cen­tre opened in the grounds of theVale Hos­pi­tal in 2013.

Doors open The new Vale med­i­cal cen­tre opened in 2013

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