Working towards a New Health Centre for Woodstock
Important Advanced Information from Woodstock Town Partnership to:-
A decision on the disposal of Woodstock Police Station has been reached which could, subject to planning consent, pave the way to Woodstock having a brand new health centre.
Woodstock’s present surgery premises are, reportedly, the second worst in the whole of Oxfordshire and patients, doctors, nurses and administrators have, for years, had to endure cramped offices and inadequate consulting rooms. Now, moves are afoot to shortly apply for planning consent to build a brand new health centre on the site of Thames Valley Police Station in Hensington Road, which the Police will sell, subject to provision of a smaller replacement Police facility on the same site for those functions serving the Town .
Much hard work and negotiating has been undertaken by Thames Valley Police, by the team from NHS England, by the medical team at Woodstock surgery, and by Blenheim Estates office who are acting as lead developer, to ensure the best use of the entire site for the people of Woodstock. It is a tribute to all parties that, from the outset, there was a “can do” spirit of mutual support and understanding.
A spokesperson for NHS England Thames Valley Area team said, "The decision to build a new health centre and the delivery of this new practice will depend upon NHS support and negotiations are still ongoing. Progress is being made and a project plan is being developed but there is still a great deal of work to do. However NHS England is committed to providing excellent facilities for patients and once discussions have been satisfactorily completed a final update of plans can be given.”
It was Woodstock Town Partnership’s team that brought all parties to the table in the first place and Colin Carritt, Chairman of the Partnership said, “The success of this venture so far is testimony to the value of partnership and collaborative working. We congratulate all parties and look forward to further successful negotiations with the NHS and completion of the planning process. The Town Partnership is committed to supporting the venture. As well as a possible new health centre, the development site will support a replacement Police facility and a modest number of new homes, a further benefit to the town.”
Colin Carritt: Chair Woodstock Town Partnership 01993 811977 or 07891 639 126