Call for GPs at for­mer school

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Shaun Red­mond would like to see a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity in Llain­goch

A COUN­CIL has been urged to de­lay plans to sell off a for­mer school and in­stead look at re­de­vel­op­ing the site for med­i­cal pur­poses.

Fol­low­ing the clo­sure of Holy­head’s Ys­gol Llain­goch in July, its pupils have now set­tled into the new Ys­gol Cybi su­per­school, with coun­cil chiefs look­ing to sell off the site.

Ac­cord­ing to An­gle­sey Coun­cil, they must re­ceive the best market price to help pay for the multi-mil­lion pound school.

But one county coun­cul­lor is urg­ing de­ci­sion mak­ers in Llangefni to halt any plans for hous­ing, cit­ing the “ur­gent need” to look at GP pro­vi­sion in the Holy­head.

While there are three GP prac­tices in the town, Cllr Shaun Red­mond be­lieves the town’s pop­u­la­tion would be bet­ter served if they were all un­der one roof.

He said: “One cen­tre with all of the town’s GPs lo­cated in­side of it, car­ry­ing out mi­nor surgery op­er­at­ing the­atres, prac­tice nurses and phar­macy would be a ma­jor ben­e­fit to the circa 12,000 res­i­dents.

“This is not a new idea. It is hap­pen­ing across the UK and has been for years. It would ap­pear that a deal was done by the pre­vi­ous county coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion to sell off the re­dun­dant school sites, most likely for hous­ing.

“This new ad­min­is­tra­tion could, and should, re­con­sider that de­ci­sion.”

He added: “Two of the ex­ist­ing prac­tices are small, have lim­ited park­ing, and all have fre­quent is­sues with ap­point­ments and GP avail­abil­ity.

“One ded­i­cated cen­tre, in a con­ve­nient area like Llain­goch which has good trans­port links, would make a world of difference.”

A spokesman for the Betsi Cad­waldr Univer­sity Health Board said that such mat­ters would need con­sul­ta­tion with the ex­ist­ing GP prac­tices, which are in­de­pen­dently run.

But an An­gle­sey Coun­cil spokesman told the Mail: “In or­der to fund the new Ys­gol Cybi school as part of the 21st Cen­tury School Mod­erni­sa­tion Pro­gramme, we must sell all three of the for­mer school sites for the best market price. This has been made clear to Elected Mem­bers from the out­set.”

“When­ever a school site be­comes avail­able, in­ter­ested par­ties are given an ap­pro­pri­ate pe­riod of time to come for­ward.”

He added: “In re­spect of the Llain­goch site mar­ket­ing process, we have taken a proac­tive ap­proach in con­tact­ing rel­e­vant par­ties, in­clud­ing a num­ber of Health and Well-be­ing fa­cil­i­ties de­vel­op­ers, to raise their aware­ness of its avail­abil­ity.”

“When the mar­ket­ing cam­paign ends, a report will ei­ther be brought be­fore the Ex­ec­u­tive for a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing sale (in line with our As­set Man­age­ment Pol­icy) or del­e­gated to the rel­e­vant port­fo­lio holder.”

“Our re­cently adopted joint lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan for An­gle­sey and Gwynedd – af­ter many months of public con­sul­ta­tion and review – also iden­ti­fied a need for the de­vel­op­ment of new hous­ing over the next 15 years across the Is­land, in­clud­ing Holy­head.”

He also con­firmed that the mar­ket­ing of the for­mer Ys­gol y Parc is cur­rently on hold, pend­ing the re­lo­ca­tion of Holy­head Li­brary to the new Market Hall build­ing.

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