Standstill at site of health village

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WORK on a new £25 million health village in Scarborough has ground to a halt.

The former Scarborough Rugby Club site, in Scalby Road, was cleared almost a year ago and has stood empty ever since.

Buckingham-based developer Ashley House had expected to be starting work on the build last May, but factors such as the credit crunch and change of Government have got in the way.

Peter Juster, business development manager, said: “I honestly can’t see anything happening for another six months.

“We still own the site and are looking at meeting with the primary care trust next month. But there have been issues with funding and the new Government White Paper on health.”

He added that he was still very positive about the development and was hoping that it would be moving ahead soon.

Mr Juster said: “We’re all having to wait, but it’s patients that are missing out at the end of the day.”

Plans for the health village include a 25-bed private hospital, doctors’ surgery, 14 units of sheltered accommodation, a medical day care centre and an 80-bedroom residential home for the elderly.

The care home will be staffed by 18 full-time workers and other new roles on site will include doctors, nurses and administration staff.

Scarborough Medical Group, which is a merger of the former Danes Dyke Surgery off Scalby Road and South Cliff Surgery, is hoping to move into the new doctors’ surgery planned for the site.

Practice manager Debbie Westmoreland said the group is in desperate need of more space as they have 12,500 patients on their books at the moment.

She said: “We’re really disappointed – I can’t tell you how many times the GP partners have said how lovely it would be to be on the new site.

“We’re at the point where we’re just looking at doing the best we can with what we’ve got, but we’re absolutely full to capacity.

“We’ve got a GP working across both sites because we can’t physically accommodate her on one site.”

Mrs Westmoreland added that everyone was doing well in a challenging situation.

She added: “We’ll get there. There’s time yet so we’ll just have to see what happens.”