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Weeping Cross and Baswich need new health centre and retirement village, says civic leader

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

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THE former police headquarters site in Stafford should be used to provide a new health centre for the Weeping Cross, Baswich and Wildwood area, a borough councillor says.

Baswich councillor Ann Edgeller says it would also be the ideal site for a retirement village, helping the growing elderly population in the area to downsize to smaller properties.

She said she was urging Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis to look at uses for the land that would benefit the local community, rather than selling it to the highest bidder.

"A new, bigger medical centre and retirement housing are two things we desperately need for this area," Councillor Edgeller told a residents' meeting.

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"The existing health centre building is just not big enough for the number of patients using it and the car parking is a nightmare."

She said she had also had a meeting with Stafford and Rural homes about the possibility of building retirement bungalows in the south of Stafford.

"Older people who have lived in this area for 40 or 50 years really want to stay here, but there is a shortage of suitable smaller properties for them to move into," she added.

Ted Manders, head of planing and regeneration for Stafford Borough Council, said the current planning permission for housing on the headquarters site expired in August and the PCC would have to re-apply. He suggested that residents should write to Mr Ellis and express their views on the future for the site.

But he warned that it could prove difficult to get a new health centre on the site, because of the shake-up in the NHS.

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