£23m com­plex has been plagued with prob­lems

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE -

The Houldsworth Health Cen­tre has been plagued with prob­lems since its open­ing 12 months ago.

In Septem­ber last year, res­i­dents blasted the new £23m health cen­tre and branded it“a waste of money” and a“sham­bles”.

Con­cerns were raised over tiny el­e­va­tors break­ing down, lack of avail­able park­ing, in­ad­e­quate ac­cess for dis­abled peo­ple and dan­gers for chil­dren climb­ing up bal­conies.

The com­plaints prompted NHS chiefs to an­nounce they were to al­ter the heights of the bal­conies, which was com­pleted in March.

Two weeks later, dis­abled Kirsty Gilchirst spoke of her ter­ror af­ter be­ing trapped in a lift in the cen­tre with her two-year-old daugh­ter for over an hour. This prompted NHS La­nark­shire to bring in a con­trac­tor to help fix the el­e­va­tors at the un­der-fire fa­cil­ity.

In De­cem­ber, calls were made for traf­fic war­dens to be brought back to Wishaw over il­le­gal park­ing out­side the Houldsworth Cen­tre.

NHS La­nark­shire moved quickly af­ter­wards to quash claims staff had been given the green light to park on pave­ments out­side the new cen­tre af­ter claims from the pub­lic.

A new car park was set to open in March to help al­le­vi­ate the park­ing woes at Houldsworth.

How­ever, on March 16, the Wishaw Press re­vealed the open­ing had been de­layed un­til May – nine months af­ter the Houldsworth Cen­tre opened its doors to the pub­lic.

Road­works which be­gan in April out­side the health fa­cil­ity caused de­lays as they looked to cre­ate bus bays and paths for the new car park.

In June the car park was fully op­er­a­tional and open to the pub­lic. How­ever, as reported two weeks ago drug ad­dicts have been “shoot­ing-up”at the cen­tre.

Park­ing con­cerns Cars were be­ing left on the pave­ments

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